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Overnight In FRA, Hotel Recommendation?

Mon Jun 16, 2014 5:40 pm

I'm traveling in July, my return LH/UA flight has a layover and connection in FRA. Arrives in FRA 2100 local time, and my flight out leaves 1120 the next day.

I've never flown through FRA, and I seldom have overnight layovers like this. I makes sense, I think, to get a hotel room for the night at the airport. Does anyone have any recommendations? And how much of a hassle is it to go back and forth through security or passport control?

Secondarily, and not the priority, but if it works out... I don't suppose anything touristy is open that late or that early or that amount of time to say I saw something in Frankfurt?

Thanks in advance for your advice!

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RE: Overnight In FRA, Hotel Recommendation?

Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:59 pm

Excellent location and great service are to be found at the Garden Inn by Hilton - but if you are on a more tight budget, you may find the ibis Frankfurt Airport or NH Frankfurt Airport more suitable...
 
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RE: Overnight In FRA, Hotel Recommendation?

Mon Jun 16, 2014 8:31 pm

Thank you, Debonair! Is that the Hilton that is directly connected to the terminal?

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RE: Overnight In FRA, Hotel Recommendation?

Mon Jun 16, 2014 9:39 pm

Yes it is. Both the Hilton and the Hilton Garden Inn are in the airport. I've stayed at the Hilton, and it is very nice and convenient.

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RE: Overnight In FRA, Hotel Recommendation?

Tue Jun 17, 2014 5:14 am

If you are traveling on a budget, try the Ibis Kelsterbach. It's a short ride away with a free shuttle service. I've stayed there a few times now and it's always been pleasant with a good breakfast buffet for a surcharge.

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RE: Overnight In FRA, Hotel Recommendation?

Tue Jun 17, 2014 7:32 am

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 4):

If you are traveling on a budget, try the Ibis Kelsterbach. It's a short ride away with a free shuttle service. I've stayed there a few times now and it's always been pleasant with a good breakfast buffet for a surcharge.

Thanks for this tip. For the shuttle service, is it a regular circulation every few minutes, or do you have to call them for a pickup at the terminal?
 
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RE: Overnight In FRA, Hotel Recommendation?

Tue Jun 17, 2014 11:43 am

I've used the Garden Inn. It may cost a bit more, but the convenience of walking to/from and not dealing with shuttles was worth it for me. It is located next to the Hilton. Same easy walk, less money. Last I used it was for a similar overnight.

No hassle with passport control/security at all.
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Thu Jun 19, 2014 7:07 pm

Quoting rampart (Reply 5):

Thanks for this tip. For the shuttle service, is it a regular circulation every few minutes, or do you have to call them for a pickup at the terminal?

They run on a schedule, I'm not sure how often. I think every 20-30 minutes or so!

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RE: Overnight In FRA, Hotel Recommendation?

Thu Jun 19, 2014 10:34 pm

If you want to save money and don't mind a bus trip, try some of the hotels in Walldorf. Unfortunately I don't recall which one I used (it was 5 years ago), but it was entirely pleasant. I believe the nightly rates can be around $60/night less than the directly connected airport hotels.
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RE: Overnight In FRA, Hotel Recommendation?

Fri Jun 20, 2014 12:37 am

I'd second the hotels in Kelsterbach (the Ibis or her sister hotels). I have stayed there a few times and the shuttle is easy/
I have also done the Hiltons which are much nicer and directly connected but cost a lot more money, at least when I have stayed there.

There are signs for the accor hotel's shuttle bus outside the terminal. It is about 20-30 minutes per run.
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RE: Overnight In FRA, Hotel Recommendation?

Fri Jun 20, 2014 12:08 pm

Check the accor hotel group. There are many hotels close to the airport or with a free shuttle service.

Same for NH Hotel group. There is one in Kelsterback, one in Raunheim one in Niederrad etc (and all with shuttle service).

Sometimes I use the motel1 hotel in Niederrad. it is very simple hotel, but all you need (and clean). But their shuttle service is not for free to the airport. I think €6 it is.

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RE: Overnight In FRA, Hotel Recommendation?

Fri Jun 20, 2014 3:31 pm

If I have a short overnight, I utilize the Sheraton which is connected to the terminal.
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RE: Overnight In FRA, Hotel Recommendation?

Sat Jun 21, 2014 1:03 am

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 11):
If I have a short overnight, I utilize the Sheraton which is connected to the terminal.

I always find their rates quite high.
 
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RE: Overnight In FRA, Hotel Recommendation?

Sat Jun 21, 2014 6:00 am

The Sheraton is there as Long as T1 exists. They can demand high rates since their occupancy rate per annum is over 100%. They sell rooms that have been vacated early in the morning for day rates.

The othetrs do that as well of course. I never stay at FRA Airport Hotels but if I had to, for an overnight, the Hilton Garden at the Sqaire would be a good choice. The Kelsternach Hotels as well and one which ahsn't been mentioned yet, the Intercity Hotel on the "other side" of the runways. That was the former US Air Force Hotel, gives a good view on the traffic if you get a room to the North and their breakfast buffet is highly recommended. And the bar as well.
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RE: Overnight In FRA, Hotel Recommendation?

Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:48 pm

Make sure that whatever hotel you book, it has airport transfers. It is not always a part of the deal, and sometimes you have to pay for the shuttle.
 
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RE: Overnight In FRA, Hotel Recommendation?

Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:24 am

I stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn earlier this month. I agree with what others have said...spend the extra money to stay there so you have a hassle free morning!

The Holiday Inn Express on the south side is good too. Their shuttle charges 5 Euro to get back to the airport in the morning.
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RE: Overnight In FRA, Hotel Recommendation?

Tue Jun 24, 2014 11:18 pm

I've stayed at the Achat Frankfurt Airport in Langen. I think it's a great place!

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RE: Overnight In FRA, Hotel Recommendation?

Tue Jun 24, 2014 11:21 pm

I opt for Sheraton. Walk across bridge to hotel. Very convenient.
 
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RE: Overnight In FRA, Hotel Recommendation?

Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:39 am

Not sure if going to the city is an option, but there are a few hotels right by the main train station (Frankfurt Hbf, which is only 2 stops from the airport).

I stayed at the Monopol hotel a few weeks ago, nothing to write home about, but, it was OK for a couple of nights, decent breakfast; there are others right next to it. A few bars and other things to see and do within walking distance (ECB, etc), as far as I know there is nothing around the airport, unless you just want to spot (a bunch of LH) planes.
 
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RE: Overnight In FRA, Hotel Recommendation?

Mon Jun 30, 2014 5:19 am

Thanks for all the great suggestions!

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RE: Overnight In FRA, Hotel Recommendation?

Mon Jun 30, 2014 7:41 pm

I am not sure if it was mentioned above: I used the Steigenberger twice when arriving at FRA too late to continue the journey. The hotel is old but the rooms are completely OK.

Another option would be to stay the night in Mainz: very nice old town, delicious food combined with a glass of wine or two and maybe you can even get a room facing "father Rhine". But given the limited time you have I am afraid it's not worth it.

@ Rahul: grew up there. After almost 45 years it's the very first time I hear that this is a great place  

@ AA757MIA: I hope this is not offensive but I would not recommend this area. There are better places in Frankfurt without beggars, drugs staff and these shops with red lights...

Rampart, have a good trip. Sometimes Germans can be rather unfriendly, well, not exactly unfriendly but kind of grumpy. O often observe this when passing through the Frankfurt airport. There are exceptions, of course. Guess it all depends how the match against Algeria will end tonight. What I am trying to say is that sometimes Germans at FRAx seem grumpy but they don't intend to be.
 
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RE: Overnight In FRA, Hotel Recommendation?

Tue Jul 01, 2014 5:51 am

Quoting N14AZ (Reply 20):
@ AA757MIA: I hope this is not offensive but I would not recommend this area. There are better places in Frankfurt without beggars, drugs staff and these shops with red lights...

lol, no offense at all, and I didn't see anything too weird around there, I mean, it was not the nicest area, but nothing compared to other places I've been to; it actually had good ratings on trip advisor, because it is close to everything I guess?

If that's the case though, I would have to find a nicer area next time, just to see a better side of Frankfurt.

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RE: Overnight In FRA, Hotel Recommendation?

Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:10 am

Quoting N14AZ (Reply 20):
grumpy. O often observe this when passing through the Frankfurt airport.

He means the native Hessians. When you get into a cab and you meet one of that species and he says "Gude" in a grumpy voice that means:

"Good mornign Sir, how are you, did you have a pleasant journey". If he says "Ei Gude" that would be the talkative Version and beware, that guy is out for a better tip.


OTH if you say "Kelsterbach" you most likely will be taken for a ride.
 
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