Frankfurt is a true business capital. Its skyscrapers glisten, its stock exchange soars, and everyone is busily reaching for the top. A top which you can actually visit, the 200metre high platform of Main Tower. From here you can see the best of old and new which make up Frankfurt. And, as well as the new, there are some lovely old buildings. Many of the best places to stay in Frankfurt might appear to be aimed at the business traveller, but rest assured there is something for everyone!
Römer Square is where to go to find the best of the old buildings. And here, and in the rest of the old town, you'll run into plenty of other visitors. As well as the beautiful architecture they're also drawn to the museums - Frankfurt is second only to Berlin when it comes to museums.
⁃ the Senckenberg Museum - a natural history museum,
⁃ the German Film Museum,
⁃ the German Architecture Museum,
⁃ the Museum of Modern Art,
⁃ the Museum of Regional Historic Art and Culture,
⁃ the Städelsches Kunstinstitut - another art museum,
⁃ the Goethe Haus and Museum - birthplace of Germany's famous author,
⁃ the Jewish Museum,
⁃ the Museum of Applied Arts,
⁃ and a local history museum.
And that's not all of them.
Others are here for the club scene, which benefits from the multiple universities as well as city money.
Frankfurt sounds expensive because it's the financial capital of Continental Europe. But it doesn't have to be. Several of the above mentioned museums are free, or are at least free on certain days of the week or month, so it's worth planning ahead.
Frankfurt also has several very beautiful parks and gardens and there are numerous walking routes recommended by the Tourist Office. You can also see the old walls, and explore some of the medieval residential areas. And there are numerous churches worth poking your head inside at least. And a very impressive cemetery, the Hauptfriedhof.
As a financial and business capital, Frankfurt hosts numerous big events and trade shows, so, whether you're on a tight budget or not, be careful to book your visit around these events. Hotel prices are hiked significantly. At other times there are plenty of reasonably priced options.
If you're here for the lifestyle you might be interested in visiting foodie heaven the Kleinmarkthalle, which is near the Zeil, one of the best known shopping streets in Europe. There's also a flea market on Saturdays, right by the river. Which is a nice place to hang out to check out the city's cafe culture.
The local tipple is Ebbelwoi, or Ebbelwei, which translates to apple wine. It can be found all over town, but especially in Kneipen, a special kind of bar.
In amongst the business hotels and globally recognised brands are some really unique places to stay. Some of the 'clubbiest' even offer 'Nightclubbing Packages'.
Fun contemporary design, understated cool, and zero minimalism. Colour themed bedrooms with all the modern gadgetry, lively bar, and restaurant with terrace. A great value spot with no designer frills.
Vintage eclecticism and battered shabby chic furniture at this quirky hotel. 50s and 60s modernism throughout the rooms and living areas. Fantastic roof top bar and a small restaurant. Youthful, arty, and good value.
Sleek all white designer hotel. Contemporary interiors live up to its namesake, even the staff wear all white. Minimalist rooms have parquet floors that warm them up. Trendy bar, spa, and excellent meeting rooms. A slick city spot.
Contemporary interiors within a striking 16th century flour mill. Lovely gardens, modern bedrooms and suites, beer garden, restaurant and good business rooms. A lively spot, understated and cool.
An enchanting castle belonging to an Empress with an 18-hole golf course and famous paintings, from Titian to Reubens. Antiques, artworks, and general splendour throughout traditional elegant interiors. Gourmet restaurant, bar, and stunning grounds. Very luxurious, not far from Frankfurt.
A contemporary hotel with a central location. Hotel Concorde boasts modern minimalist rooms with all the needed mod cons. Its ideal for those in Frankfurt on business, especially those in the financial services given its close proximity to Frankfurt's banking district. A grown up, no fuss choice.
Fabulously seductive contemporary design hotel. Shiny black monochrome interiors and subtle lighting throughout rooms and suites. Award-winning Burlesque style bar, excellent restaurant, and extensive spa. Sophisticated, lively, cutting edge, and not unaffordable with with it.
Frankfurt (Königstein im Taunus)
A secluded masterpiece from the illustrious Rothschild dynasty. Opulence at every turn with gorgeous rooms, beautiful park setting and a divine two Michelin star restaurant. With Frankfurt in easy reach it's perfect for exploring the city or simply relax in the spa. Splendour encapsulated.
Luxury Five Star Forte business hotel. 1950s film star glamour oozes from traditional but elegant courtyards, living areas and bedrooms or suites. Fantastic restaurant, extensive spa and gym, and emphasis on attractive business areas. A luxurious and unique choice for a business trip.
Stylish five-star city hotel boasting museum quality art and antique furnishings. The Grand Hotel Hessischer prioritises comfort and luxury, with contemporary rooms that exude opulence and elegance. The award winning bar, stellar gourmet restaurant and unique city view terrace set it apart.