In searching for a quaint and reasonably priced place to spend a night close to the Frankfurt Airport, I came across Aschaffenburg. In another hotel review, I saw mention of Zum Goldenen Ochsen. What a treat! It has the quaintness of the wood paneled rooms of German Gästehauses of days gone by, but with bathrooms in the room (not down the hall). The restaraunt was modern with wonderfully updated German cuisine while still offering the old favorite weiner schnitzel.
The location is ideal: close to the train station, in the old town, near the river and castle, across from a park. There is a laundromat one block away. The Frankfurt Airport is a 45 minute ride (20 Euro) away. I couldn't find an airport hotel for less than 200 Euro/night at the airport so I started looking for towns on the nearest rail lines. I usually go west but Mainz hotels were full or also expensive. It was my first visit to Aschaffenburg and I liked it.
If you're looking for a good value in a hotel near the Frankfurt Airport, try this hotel. Several Aschaffenburg train times are direct to the airport but others require one change at Frankfurt's main station. Plan according to your schedule and luggage burden. (Extra luggage can be stored at the airport for 5 Euro/day.)
The price for this hotel is right, too. I saved half of the Airport hotel cost on this hotel plus my round-trip train tickets. I think I found much better food here too. And I definitely got better rest in this quiet town and I got to briefly enjoy old town Aschaffenburg. The old hotel does contain narrow hallways and lots of odd stairs, no elevator. Most of the staff spoke excellent English; others just a little bit. I look forward to staying and eating here again.
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