After arriving late in the evening from Istanbul, I spent the night at the Hilton Frankfurt Airport ahead of my flight to Chicago the following morning. I do find this a very convenient hotel.
Hilton Frankfurt Airport Review
We did not arrive at the hotel until after 9:00 pm and found a line to check-in with no special line for Hilton Honors elite members. Speaking of that, my Gold status meant free breakfast, but a room upgrade was not offered. Nightly rates fluctuate greatly. I paid $156 but you will see rates as high as $400/night.
My room, 8135, was small and with the rounded closet almost felt like being on a boat. That said, the room was practical: a king-size bed, desk, and pair of chairs with a round table between it. I appreciated that there were two extra plugs on the nightstand next to my bed, though that encouraged me to work in bed rather than get up and sit at the desk…
No espresso machine: just a hot water kettle. The mini-bar was stocked.
The bathroom featured a shower/tub combo and bath products from Crabtree & Evelyn.
Fitness Center + Wellness
On the top floor, a 24/7 gym offers a nice assortment of Precor gym equipment. I was able to squeeze in an exhausting morning workout prior to my flight (and good thing when you see how much I ate onboard…).
What really annoyed me was that the sauna and steam room were closed (“for your safety”). What ludicrous cost-cutting masquerading as a health concern; what I call hygiene theater. Thankfully, if you go today the wellness area is open once again, but I was quite upset that nowhere on the hotel website was it indicated that these facilities were closed. Simply unacceptable (not that I complained [for what?] and now it’s almost a year later…). The steam room and sauna were open at the Sheraton-Marriott and I certainly considered just packing up and leaving.
But it was deemed safe enough to open the locker room…
Breakfast At Rise
Speaking of eating, the hotel breakfast spread is quite nice. Although I chose to have breakfast in the Lufthansa First Class Terminal instead, I stopped by the restaurant and thought the selection of European (bread, cold cuts, cheese, yogurt) and US/British breakfast foods (eggs, bacon, sausage), plus salad bar was more than enough for a hearty breakfast.
Although there was a self-service automatic coffee machine, there was also a very nice coffee manual machine behind the counter, which I recommend over the automatic one.
The FIFTH, Lounge & Bar
The lobby bar offers drinks and light snacks.
This hotel does have an executive club lounge, but it was closed during my visit. It has since reopened.
With the wellness facilities open again, I would give this hotel another try. The breakfast spread is acceptable and the rooms are very functional.
In almost all cases, I would go over to Mainz and stay at the Hyatt Regency, but decided it was less stressful to stay at the Hilton this trip. That was the right call and the convenience of this hotel is its greatest selling point.