Your Favorite Hotel Near FRA?

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  1. HiIslands
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    I need to find a hotel near FRA next month since I have an early morning flight. I'd like to avoid the Sheraton at the airport if possible.

    Could you share something about your favorite hotel in the area and how easy/difficult it is to get to the airport!

    Mahalo nui loa!
     
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    If you have a rental car, there's a fancy castle hotel in the countryside. I stayed there a while ago and can't remember the name. It was extremely nice with good service and a fine dining restaurant, but IMO not worth the price. It was tough to find my way to the airport in the morning as it required a confusing and complicated route, although the distance wasn't great.

    There's a train station in the basement of the airport. The obvious thing is to take a frequent train to Frankfurt Zentrum and stay in a good hotel very close to the station.

    However, I like to instead head to Wiesbaden, a pretty smaller town with a spa hotel (the restaurant's name was something like Die Ente von Lieden) a few blocks from the casino and its park. Another possibility is to take a train to Mainz, again an appealing smaller town on the river. IIRC, all of these train rides are less than a half hour and operate very frequently, but you should double check this. It's better to avoid Frankfurt HBF which is huge, so I look for places that have service directly to the airport.
     
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    I second the Mainz idea - for Mainz (or Wiesbaden, in fact) you would actually take the same S-Bahn line thatyou take for downtown Frankfurt, only in the opposite direction. As MSPeconomist states, check the schedules to verify that the early trains get you back to the airport in sufficient time (on weekdays, the first morning train from Mainz Hbf to the airport leaves at 04:02 and gets in at 04:30).

    Link to the RMV route planning & timetable website:

    http://www.rmv.de/auskunft/bin/jp/query.exe/en?L=vs_rmv.vs_myhafas&

    In Mainz, the Hyatt and Hilton are well-regarded, there are also local hotel options.
     
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    The S-Bahn tracks there, which are on the lower level, are well marked. The S8 or S9 train will take you right to the airport. You can grab a pastry from one of the bakeries on that level before heading out.

    I've done a number of stays at Hotel National which is right across from the train station. They have two free PCs for internet in the lobby. Have always found it convenient for getting to the airport. There's an Irish pub on the same block and a kebap shop I like with seating around the corner and a block up.
    http://www.hotelnational.de/en/node/78
     
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    I've much enjoyed my complimentary day rooms at the Kempinski Gravenbruch (as an arriving LH F passenger). Lovely grounds, nice enough rooms, quiet and comfortable. Of course I wasn't paying, and this isn't one of the better Kempinskis but there's a complimentary shuttle to/from FRA and it's far enough away not to be an airport hotel which is nice.
     
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    Tom, thanks for this recommendation. The prices are quite a bit more reasonable than LeMeridien Parkhotel, which is just behind the National (next street over).
     
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    Expect a pretty basic room with a small TV. They've always been spotlessly clean on my stays.
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    Mahalo nui loa ( thank you very much!) for all of the great ideas! Very useful info!!!
     
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    I've been at the Hotel Excelsior across from the Hbf. Small room much like how Tom describes Hotel National, nice buffet breakfast, wifi and computers downstairs, similarly priced.

    http://www.hotelexcelsior-frankfurt.de/en/

    Funny story: I came in at around 10 am from my LH flight (in Y, note), dead tired, and it was no hassle getting a room and taking enough of a nap to go out and enjoy a glorious, sunny (but cold) February afternoon and sunset over the river Main. My friend the Marriott Gold shows up the next day at the Marriott Frankfurt near the Messe at around the same time I did, and got a 3 hour runaround before he could get a room. This is why I think American chains are overrated overseas sometimes (I also paid half what he did for his room). I think that quite often, you pay for a name, but not much else.

    I also didn't have any trouble using the S8 or S9 to get from FRA to the Hbf and back the times I've been to Frankfurt.
     
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    I've stayed many times (for work reasons) at the Maritim in Darmstadt, which is about 20 minutes to the airport by car. Or you can take the train. It has a nice indoor pool if you like to swim.
     
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    You might look at the Holiday Inn Express Frankfurt City Hauptbahnhof, a block from the train station. Offers buffet breakfast and free wifi, it is fairly new, am staying there in Dec for 54euros, they also have a non refundable rate which is less.
     
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    I usually try to avoid American chains in Europe, but my experience has been that the worst hotels for accommodating early check ins are some of the Italian chains. I have watched as they tell everyone that their room is not ready and then magically at 3 pm (official check in time), all of the rooms become simultaneously available. It's funny but it's sad and frustrating it you've just arrived from a TATL flight. I avoid these hotels like the plague.
     
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    This sounds like a thread worth posting-- comparing our early check-in experiences with the various chains.
     
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    I just stayed at the Gravenbruch as well and, while it needs some updating, the complimentary shuttle to the airport makes it a great possibility. On the other hand, having been at the Hessischer Hof twice in the past two months, and given that the U-Bahn is directly across the street, I would recommend that hotel quite highly.
     
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    On the cheap side the HIX FRA . I think they charge for their shuttle. There is a Steigenberger hotel very close to the airport it was decent a couple of years ago. If you dont mind the 30 minute S-Bahn ride to Mainz there are several hotels there. Including two Hilton's and a very good Hyatt. The Kempinski mentioned in this thread is ok, but I personally wouldn't pay for it.
     
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    Not when I stayed there, but I wouldn't stay there again. I've been in way cleaner HI's in my day, wifi was inop, desk unapologetic, no evening food (but you can walk to a pizzeria in a nearby trailer park) and the breakfast was so crowded with budget tour groups that there were no clean dishes. Oh, it's also in the deep boondocks.
     
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    Out of curiosity- any reason to avoid the Sheraton? The convenience is really wonderful. Also- is there a trade fair on during the day you need a room? The price will change considerably based on this.
     
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    The price at the FRA Sheraton for the night we need it is quite extraordinary. We didn't see it as reasonable.
     
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    Can you use points? This is always my fallback when the hotel is expensive.
     
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    The FRA Sheraton is has been available on cash+points the two times I have needed it as an overnight stay (flying out early the next am). $60 USD + 4000 points is well worth the convenience if you have the points. (Of course, if you don't, you'd be looking at ~$200 USD - to buy the points and the additional cash.)
     
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    I do like the cash and points option Starwood offers, but we just squandered :) all of our points on a vacation in Mexico!

    Also, some of the alternatives mentioned above sound both interesting and do-able.

    Thanks for all of your ideas, everyone-- I think this thread illustrates just how useful mile point can be!
     
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    I have only stayed at the Hyatt Mainz. It was great, but not right next to the airport.
     
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    I did a points+cash offer last December and it was well worth it. The ease of walking downstairs to the terminal greatly reduced the worrying/stress of rushing around in the morning (yeah I'm one of those). We checked in early, drop off the bags and then took a train to Heidelburg and explored the town and Christmas market before returning to FRA in the evening.
     
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    We stayed at the Hilton Mainz (the one on the river). It is a short walk (10 minutes, or probably a cheap cab ride) to take a bridge across the river and you end up at a train station that has a direct train to the airport. The hotel was cheap - 60 Euros per night - when we stayed there, and in fact a lot of airline crew stayed there. The breakfast buffet was excellent - I still get cravings for their cherry compote and yogurt, and hubby loved the pretzel bread.

    Also they were excellent (on two different trips) about letting us check in at 8 AM without blinking an eye.

    The train system is a little disconcerting, because the river is the border between two states, and the states each have their own train network. So it was nice to be able to stay in charming Mainz, but have quick and easy access to the Frankfurt train system with a short walk.
     
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