Early September, before a river cruise, we need a hotel for two nights in Frankfort. After the cruise, late Sept., we need a hotel in Berlin for 4 nights. We would like to be located near the train station, and/or relative to most activity. Are these are the more expensive areas? Suggestions for $125 and under rooms? Trying to find if these are the busy times. Once again, thanks. Joy
We stayed overnight at the Ibis Hotel Frankfurt Centrum before our train to Munich June 2017. It was clean, inexpensive and about a 10 min walk to/from train station.
I like Pension Peters in Berlin, not to far from the Zoo Bahnhof and a short walk from the Savigny Platz S-Bahn station. Lots of restaurants/bars in the area, even an all-night restaurant. Should be substantially less than $125/night, but Euwe does add 3% if you pay with a credit card. Very good breakfast.
Staying near the Hauptbahnhof is kind of a no-mans land. Lots of better areas to stay.
In Frankfurt we stayed at the Intercity Hotel, just behind the station. Apparently this has changed to Flemings Express Hotel but still looks very nice on hotels.com. For Berlin, as one of the other posters said, there is not a whole lot around the Hauptbahnhof but we stayed at the Ibis Hauptbahnhof that was directly across the street. Both of these were very nice hotels and we would stay in them again.
What about Mainz? About 20 miles from Frankfort. Thoughts on location for hotel and commuting to Frankfort? Hotels certainly less expensive.
Does anyone know what's going on in Frankfort the first couple weeks in September to explain the high increase in hotel costs?
Frankfurt is a big Convention/Trade Fair city. Just like Chicago or Atlanta, big events can double hotel prices when one of these is going on. I don't see anything on the Frankfurt Messe schedule for early September, but it could be something else. September means summer vacation is over and its back to business in the financial capital of Germany.
Mainz is nice and has a few sights of its own. Very frequent S-Bahn and regional trains in 35 to 40 minutes to Frankfurt Hbf. A group day ticket is 28.90 EUR. That covers 2 people over and back and all local transport in Frankfurt for the day.
We just spent two nights in Frankfurt at the Hilton Garden Inn at the airport. The hotel is located in a futuristic building next to terminal one and the whole building is smoke free. Inside the building are two hotels and numerous restaurants and upscale shops. The hotel was reasonably priced. To get downtown we used the train which is included if you buy the Frankfurt card that gives all transportation in Frankfurt and discounts at the museums. The area around the train station is the only area we found to be unpleasant!
Thank you for this Hilton information. May I ask what you could consider a reasonable rate?
Deciding if it's worth taking a train to Mainz for less expensive hotel, but put time and money into traveling back and forth. We catch our river cruise in Frankfort.
I stay in a simple hotel ca 2 mins from Frankfurt Hbf, rated 3 stars but the price for a single is that of a 2 star...very nice, simple breakfast, en suite, nice staff, grocery store across the street. I thought I could go cheaper if the WC was "am Gang".(out in the hall) but no such rooms.
Depending where around the station is the unpleasant part. Going up after the underground passage left to Kaiserstrasse is not too great, stayed in that area once, in 1989...grittier then, I just ignored it, irrelevant. But I wouldn't suggest area now.
Mainzer Landstraße isn't bad, stayed in a Pension in 2007, which no longer exists.
As for a reasonable rate I would say 100 Euros or less. If you book with Hilton you get the AAA rate of 10 % off and can cancel in a reasonable time ( a few days up to a week).That hotel is cheaper on the weekends because the conventions tend to be during the week.
We have another idea. Baden-Baden. Train from Frankfort. About 1hr 45 min. 2 nights before taking train back to Frankfort for river cruise. Doable? Looks like an interesting city.
Frankfurt. With a “U”. Sorry, but I just couldn’t let the misspelling go on any longer. Frankfort is the capital of Kentucky. I know everyone was trying to be nice, but I feel the OP should have the correct spelling of the city she’s going to visit, for practical reasons.
I recommend Motel One too. I stayed in the Berlin Spittelmarkt one last year. Have not been to Frankfurt, however I’ve stayed in 4 of their hotels in different locations and all were clean, rooms were a comfortable size, and all had reasonable rates for the season (May).
Emily-Re: Frankfurt with an "o: thank you for catching that error. Like the frankfUrter, or, as we call them here, Chicago's Best HOT DOGS!! Never with catsup! I will be attending a wedding in FrankfOrt, Illinois in a few weeks. This will be a topic of conversation.
To all others, we are coming along with our FrankfUrt and Berlin plans. Your suggestions have been very much appreciated.
Joy, from Chicago
My wife and I spent the first week this past August in the Melia Hotel on Friedrichstrasse (be mindful that there are two Melias in Berlin) as part of our "bucket list" European trip. We had a room overlooking the Spree River literally steps from the river cruise docks. They had an extensive breakfast buffet (we still miss it back home in NJ) and a tapas restaurant on the ground floor with a row of restaurants with riverside dining across the bridge. Our room was spacious and well appointed. It is just over a block from the Friedrichstrasse train station and just south and west of Prenzlauer Berg. It was just a ten minute walk to the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island, etc. It was a little pricey for our middle-class wallets (we spent $1200 for seven nights) but to be honest our stay there was one of the reasons we would return to Berlin in a heartbeat.
All my thanks to everyone who ever posted "You have to go to Berlin." I am a convert!