Both the Hilton Garden Inn and the Hilton Frankfurt Airport next door are also directly accessible from, and offer car access to, the autobahn which runs right past The Squaire.
The rooms and lobby in the Hilton Garden Inn are decorated in a fresh style and warm, pastel colors aimed at conveying a relaxed, family atmosphere. However, there is nothing cheap and cheerful about the rooms, some of which are suites suitable for families or businesspeople requiring in-room meeting and entertainment facilities.
Each guestroom comes with one or more adjustable Garden Sleep System beds (the number and size of beds depend on the room configuration chosen), a work-desk with an ergonomic Mirra chair by Herman Miller and a flat-screen television showing international TV channels and films.
All rooms have dataports, US/UK power sockets, air conditioning, a fridge, coffee- and tea-making facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi and remote printing capability. Bathroom facilities are very adequate and pleasant.
The Hilton Garden Inn’s ground-floor restaurant, which has a show kitchen and a bar, looks like an American-style restaurant and its menu selection reprises the American theme, offering burgers, steaks and pizzas. The pizzas are baked in an authentic pizza oven.
For guests’ convenience, the Hilton Garden Inn has a 24-hour Pavilion Pantry convenience mart in its lobby. For those wishing to shop elsewhere, a supermarket open 20 hours a day is located on the other side of The Squaire’s main plaza and down one level.
Easily the most unusual feature of the Hilton Garden Inn is its configuration, located as it is on both the northern and southern sides of the plaza. The lobby and check-in area is located at the northeast corner of the hotel.
From here, guests with rooms on the southern side of the plaza reach their rooms by means of a passenger bridge crossing the plaza. This bridge is located just outside the all-glass sheer front wall of the Hilton Frankfurt Airport, which forms a barrier across the eastern end of The Squaire. Inside that barrier is the hotel itself.
The Hilton Frankfurt Airport – the more upscale of the two hotels in the cluster – is a design masterpiece which, even though it has only been open for two-and-a-half years, has already garnered an impressive collection of awards.
After entering the automatically opening glass doors in the hotel’s glass front wall, you walk through a long, elegant lobby to reach the check-in desks on the left. If you look at the bank of check-in desks closely, you’ll see the bank is designed to be the same shape as The Squaire itself.
Off to the right of the lobby as you walk in are the Hilton Frankfurt Airport’s main collection of meeting rooms and boardrooms. The hotel’s ground-floor meetings center has five meeting rooms of various sizes and three boardrooms, as well as a meeting reception foyer and business center area.
Right opposite the check-in area is the FIFTH Lounge & Bar, which is a highly elegant space – richly colored and textured in back, where a large bar sitting area is tucked away – to meet, greet and relax with drinks and nibbles. (The bowls of wasabi peas that accompany the drinks are especially mouth-watering. And eye-watering.)
Also on the ground floor of the Hilton Frankfurt Airport (recall, this is actually the fifth floor of The Squaire) is the hotel’s restaurant, RISE. The restaurant’s food is excellent, if pricey.
In RISE, each savory course is accompanied by a warm dinner roll freshly baked in the hotel’s kitchen – hence the restaurant’s name. Each roll comes in its own individual paper packet and, using the freshest of ingredients married to light tastes and preparation, all the savory courses are chosen to complement RISE’s theme of freshly baked bread.
Dining alone, I found the standard of service in RISE to be neglectful – surprisingly so for an extremely fine hotel. I found this to be the one small black mark in what otherwise was, in the course of three visits and four nights of stays, a quite outstanding hotel experience.
Beyond the Hilton Frankfurt Airport’s check-in area, a walk of some 30 meters (100 feet) farther into the building takes you to four glass-walled elevators, arranged in two banks of two.
These elevators whisk you to any of the five guestroom floors. Much of the ninth floor is occupied by the Executive Lounge and more meeting rooms. There are also two penthouses, on the 10th floor.
In my opinion, you get the very best feel for the beauty of the Hilton Frankfurt Airport’s architectural design as you look through the front walls of the elevators, particularly as they reach the ninth and tenth floors at the top of the building.
As you look at the lobby below, you feel as if you looking down from the ceiling of a cathedral into a vast, open, calm space, simple in its lines and elegant in its simplicity.
Turning round to look down through the back glass wall of the elevator, you can see rising from the ground floor the hotel’s spectacular Globe ballroom. This is covered in a metallic, near-iridescent finish and is also designed to mimic the shape of part of The Squaire.
Along with the eight meeting rooms on the ground floor and the three on the ninth floor, the Globe – which can hold up to 570 people and can be divided into up to three separate sections for smaller gatherings – forms a considerable attraction for meetings and conventions.