The hotel has a fitness room, sauna and steam room – all complimentary for guests – on the 10th floor, its top floor.
I didn’t know this until a hotel manager told me, but each year Frankfurt hosts the largest car show in the world. So, just like another airport Hilton hotel of my acquaintance – the Hilton Helsinki Airport – the Hilton Frankfurt Airport has doors which allow cars to be driven right into the hotel’s Globe ballroom, from a dedicated autobahn exit that leads to the Hilton’s parking garage below the hotel.
During my three short stays at the Hilton Frankfurt Airport in October 2013, I spent three nights in Executive-level rooms (these are on the eighth and ninth floors) and one night in one of the hotel’s corner suites, on the seventh floor. (I also got to see the hotel’s Presidential Suite and imagine how the other 0.000001 per cent lives.)
In all, the Hilton Frankfurt Airport has 17 suites and 83 Executive-level rooms among its overall complement of 229 guestrooms. One of the Executive-level rooms in which I stayed was on the southern side of the hotel and faced the airport’s terminals and two original runways.
The other was on the northern side and looked out directly on to the vast, conserved Frankfurt City Forest, beyond which to the east could be seen the tall tower buildings of “Mainhattan” – the locals’ punny name for the skyscrapers in Frankfurt am Main’s financial-center district. (As a resident of Manhattan I can confirm that Frankfurt’s skyline doesn’t remotely compare.)
I can also confirm that the rooms in the Hilton Frankfurt Airport are extremely well sound-proofed from airport noise. In both rooms, I could see aircraft coming and going – even more so in the suite in which I stayed a night – but I couldn’t hear them. At all. Nada. I couldn’t hear any autobahn traffic, either.
In the Hilton Frankfurt Airport, both of my Executive-level rooms were large, had luxurious king-size beds, and boasted large bathrooms containing both a full-length bathtub (which had its own shower head and hose) and a walk-in shower stall.
Each room had a large glass desk equipped with dataports and power sockets. The room’s flat-screen, high-definition television came with a computer keyboard so that the television could be used as a computer.
However, none of the HDTVs was equipped with a USB or an HDMI port. This was a definite oversight, in my opinion. It prevented me plugging in my netbook to work using the HDTV as a monitor, or to watch on a big screen any of the films I had carefully loaded on to my portable 1Tb hard drive before I left for my trip, or view any of the thousands of photos I took during my visit to Germany and Austria.
On one night – I had one two-night stay and two one-night stays at the Hilton Frankfurt Airport in the course of a 16-day trip – I stayed in one of the hotel’s suites. This was really beautiful.
The suite, which was right at the northeast corner of The Squaire, was finished in light wood colors in the bedroom and earth, wood and forest tones in the lounge area and its carpeting. The lounge had two chairs, a three-place sofa and a kitchen and provided a Bose Wave Radio as an alarm clock.
Off the bedroom, through a fully closing door (next to which, in the bedroom itself, was a full-length mirror), was a large bathroom. This boasted both a bathtub and a shower stall, as well as the usual toilet facilities. Off the lounge was a small restroom which did not have either a shower or a bath.
Lovely though the rest of the suite was, the most impressive thing about it was its sound-proofing. The moment I pulled open the curtain of the bedroom I was aware that the window looked out directly on to the flight path of the aircraft landing on Runway 25R.
At any given time at night and in the early morning, I could see the landing lights of five or six aircraft backed up into the far distance. These all came closer until it looked almost certain they would end up in the suite with me.
So close did each aircraft come to my room – in reality they were still a few hundred feet high as they passed and a couple of hundred feet off to the north – that I felt I would soon be on nodding terms with their pilots. But I couldn’t hear any aircraft noise at all. The room was absolutely silent.
Staying in Executive-level rooms and a suite gave me access to the Hilton Frankfurt Airport’s Executive Lounge. This was the biggest, best-equipped and most attractive such lounge I had ever seen and contained its own Business Center. Sizable though this was, it occupied just a tucked-away corner of the lounge.
I took breakfast in the Executive Lounge every morning – this was included in my B&B rate – rather than heading down to the ground floor to the restaurant. It was just so much more convenient and relaxing to eat breakfast in the Executive Lounge; and the buffet selection – while perhaps not quite as full as that offered in the main restaurant – was admirable.
In the evening, the Executive Lounge offered happy-hour hot and cold snacks and drinks (soft and alcoholic) and naturally I took advantage of this excellent hospitality. Every time I entered the Executive Lounge I was impressed by its size and comfort and by the helpfulness and pleasantness of the lounge staff.
My overall impression was that both the Hilton Frankfurt Airport and the Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport were great hotels. Though I didn’t stay in the latter, I saw its rooms and facilities up close (I was given a guided tour of the Hilton Garden Inn by a senior manager) and I know I would have been very comfortable staying there.
Some words of advice: As an airline passenger, unless you are infirm or elderly or need special care, in which case you can arrange to be picked up at either airport terminal and brought by road to the Hilton hotels, you’ll need to walk from the terminals to the hotels – or try to get a helper with a wheelchair to bring you as far as possible. (The wheelchair probably won’t get past the bollards at either end of the escalators in the plaza in The Squaire.)
The Squaire is not very well signposted from Terminal 1, particularly from the arrivals level. I only found out by asking a bus driver that to reach the Hilton Frankfurt Airport I had to go up to the departures level and take the footbridge across the road to the Frankfurt Airport Center – and from there make my way on to The Squaire. But from the railway station it’s a hop, skip and a jump to get to either Hilton hotel.