I am not a big fan of booking at a hotel brand that I have never heard of. While sometimes a surprise can be pleasant, just as often it turns into a disappointment. I would much rather count on the consistency of a name brand such as Hilton when booking. At a recent conference in Europe I chose to stay at the Frankfurt Airport Hilton and was very pleased with what the hotel has to offer and didn’t mind the trade-off of not being right next to the conference location.
As you would expect, you can reach the hotel by walking from the terminal, although we chose to pick up our rental car and drive. Driving to the hotel is not the easiest to figure out and involves a lot of looping around between the airport and the adjacent autobahn, but a good GPS can figure it out. Unfortunately, we didn’t have one of those and it took us the better part of an hour to get to the hotel parking. The building is massive and situated right along the autobahn, but the noise levels never bothered me and the building looks pretty cool.
That turned out to be the most trouble we had (other than figuring out the right direction to go on the autobahn) and the rest of the stay was great. There are actually two hotels on the property, a full Hilton and a Hilton Garden Inn (to the left in the picture). While I was able to stay at the Hilton at the Per Diem rate, if you are on vacation, you might be able to stay cheaper at the Garden Inn.
The hotel is very modern with nice architecture. You come up from the parking garage right into the check-in lobby which has a very nice bar across from the front desk. I took the front desk photo from the skybridge leading to my room. This place has a massive atrium!
The glass elevator take you up to your floor and the place is full of automatically opening glass doors, I kind of got the Star Trek vibe. The room itself was not large, but they did a great job with the space available. Wasn’t a fan of the bed, a little too hard for my tastes, but the bathroom and the working desk were excellent.
As a Hilton Diamond, I had access to the lounge and the cocktail hour and free breakfast there. Missed the cocktail hour as there were better things to do at night, but the breakfast was nice even if it was just continental.
Outside the hotel is a small mall filled with the usual traveler’s shops, restaurants, etc. In the middle of it was the walkway to get to the terminals. Pretty nice way to get there in inclement weather. This would definitely be a good alternative if you got weathered in at the airport.
Altogether, I give this hotel very high marks. Something else to note is that it is about 15 minutes to downtown Frankfurt or 15 minutes in the other direction to get to Wiesbaden. Overall, a good experience in a god location.