"Commercial hospitality" is a long-standing tradition in Frankfurt. Hoards of travellers have been descending on the town ever since the conferment of trading rights in 1240. At the end of the 18th Century, visitors could choose from over 70 guest houses. Nowadays, over 160 hotels, guest houses and hostels with 22,000 beds cater to about 2.5 million visitors annually. Over half of all visitors come from abroad. With an average stay of just under two days, Frankfurt is still a place for people in transit. The choice ranges from small, family-run guest houses to huge establishments offering every imaginable luxury.
If you arrive in Frankfurt by air, then you can book into one of the airport hotels at the drop of a hat. With more than 1,000 rooms, the Sheraton Frankfurt Hotel & Towers, Conference centre
is one of the bigger hotels in the region. The Steigenberger Airport Hotel offers weary travellers high-class service, while the Kempinski
—located on the edge of the city forest—is a particularly good alternative for travellers looking for a breath of fresh air after a long flight.
The choice of hotels in the Bahnhofsviertel ranges from dingy dives to top-class establishments. It best to do your research ahead of time as high price does not necessarily mean top quality in this neck of the woods. Popular choices for both tourists and business people are the Carlton, Manhattan, and Intercity hotels. The Nizza
are charming 19th century establishments. Both hotels are great selections if you're not put off at the thought of staying close to Frankfurt's red light district.
Luxury hotels include the Le Meridien Parkhotel, an elegant art nouveau palace close to the main station. Other hotels in the city centre include the Steinberger Frankfurter Hof
, a splendid nineteenth century Renaissance establishment situated close to the Zeil shopping street. You'll also find the Intercontinental. The Hilton is one of the best hotels around.
Visitors attending exhibitions and trade fairs, such as the International Motor Show or the Frankfurt Book Fair, have a a wide range of places to stay. The circular, glass-fronted Maritim can't be missed. Over on the other side of the street is one of the tallest hotels in Europe, the Marriott
. One of Frankfurt's most renowned and respected addresses is the Hessischer Hof
opposite the Exhibition centre. The nearby Astoria Hotel doesn't quite offer the same level of comfort, but it wins people over with its low-key atmosphere.
Not far from the Exhibition centre, is the district of Westend and another place with a good accommodation. The Palmenhof
and small, quaint hotels such as the Hotel Florentina
, Backer, Liebig
are particularly recommended. There are also some charming guest houses here, like Hotel Gölz and Pension Sattler.
If you'd prefer to stay in the city centre, then the Hotel Zentrum Hauptwache and the Hotel am Dom are both good bets. Worthy of mentions are suburban hotels: Hotel Maingau
in Sachsenhausen, Best Western Alexander am Zoo in Bornheim and Mondial in Nordend.
Frankfurt also boasts quite a range of alternative accommodation. The rooms in the Art Hotel Robert Mayer
have been designed by some of Frankfurt's best-known interior designers. Guests in the Hotel Gerbermühle
can look out of the window onto the River Main and the garden in which Goethe spent much of his free time.