Charming 16th century churches and world-class museums and galleries sit alongside glittering skyscrapers, proving that Frankfurt in Germany is more than home to the European Central Bank. Literature fans should make a beeline for Goethe House, whilst the Städel Museum houses more than 3,000 artworks from Rembrandt to Picasso. Explore it all from Frankfurt’s most luxurious lodgings – here’s our pick of the best, all bookable with Culture Trip.
The five-star Rocco Forte Villa Kennedy is housed in a luxurious villa dating back to 1901. American president John F. Kennedy stayed here in 1963, after which the hotel’s name was modified in his honour. Simple, elegant suites and rooms come with designer furnishings and marble bathrooms with heated floors. Book a table at the award-winning, in-house Italian restaurant, Gusto. Other highlights include an inviting indoor pool, hot tub, steam room and sauna plus a high-end gym.
Given that Grandhotel Hessischer Hof is owned by the Landgrave and Prince of Hesse family foundation, it comes as no surprise that you’ll be treated like royalty here. The hotel is decorated with oil paintings from Hessian castles alongside modern furniture. Take advantage of the seventh floor spa with its sauna, steam room and fitness centre before dining in the Sèvres Restaurant, known for its French-inspired dishes. Enjoy a night cap in Jimmy’s Bar, the oldest bar in Frankfurt, which is open until 4am in the summer months.
Jumeirah Frankfurt is a 25-storey shimmering glass skyscraper that adds a generous dash of glamour to the Frankfurt skyline. Here, you can expect a contemporary, cutting-edge experience, going beyond the usual luxurious amenities. You’ll find motion sensors and body-heat detectors in rooms and wake up to views of the Frankfurt cityscape through floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel also has a luxury spa and provides you with complimentary access to the pool next door. Jumeirah is part of the glitzy MyZeil shopping mall, and close to the Museum für Moderne Kunst.
Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof is located in the happening district of Bahnhofsviertel, a 20 minute walk to the heart of Frankfurt. While the sandstone façade of the hotel reflects historic glamour, the interior has been thoroughly modernised. After a long day sightseeing, unwind in the 1,000 sq m (10,763sqft) Arabian-style spa, complete with a traditional hammam, treatment rooms, yoga classes and a barber. Don’t leave without reserving a table for dinner at Restaurant Français, run by Michelin-starred chef Patrick Bittner. The extensive wine list offers some rare German varieties to try.
Resembling a high-end corporate house from the outside, Roomers is rather swanky on the inside. The focus here is on ultra-modern comfort, from the minimalist decor and mood lighting to the velvet chairs in the lobby. Rooms feature a mix of neutral and dark shades, combined with steel and stone. Rub shoulders with the locals at the on-site Burbank restaurant, led by creative chef The Duc Ngo, who serves pan-Asian-meets-Californian style cuisine. As a bonus, the hotel enjoys an unbeatable location, just steps from the river promenade.
In case you’re wondering if it’s possible to find a reasonably-priced hotel in Frankfurt, the answer is a resounding yes. The Frankfurt branch of Capri by Fraser is a boutique aparthotel with both studio and one-room apartments. Each one is equipped with a kitchenette, music dock and Malin+Goetz toiletries. You can also enjoy 24/7 gym, cocktail bar and room service. Frankfurt’s Altstadt is just a 30-minute walk away.
The decor at The Pure is minimalist – all pristine-white, occasionally broken by dramatic pops of colour. The result is an undeniably stylish setting, complemented by quirky art installations from Offenburg artist Yo Heimat. Rooms are simple with Marshall speakers and complimentary access to the on-site sauna and steam room. Waive your daily housekeeping and you’ll receive a voucher to spend at the bar. Breakfast is served on the leafy patio during the warmer months, surrounded by bamboo plants and a trickling fountain. There is no in-house restaurant but that hardly matters as the hotel is close to the best restaurants in Frankfurt.
This is an updated version of an article originally written by Anwesha Ray.