Updated on January 21, 2016
Hotel Review: InterContinental Frankfurt
With the wonderful 7 1/2 hour flight unfortunately over, we headed off the plane ready to take on Frankfurt!
While Jaime hit the restroom, I went to exchange some of our USD into Euro! After that it was off to baggage claim to get our stuff…..until I realized I left my passport at the money exchange counter.
Obviously in a panic and with Jaime in shock wondering how her new husband could leave his passport, I left her at baggage claim, went the wrong way through the doors, and ran through the terminal back to security.
I made a half-assed effort to explain my problem in a foreign language to the security personnel. Obviously I just spoke really slowly and loudly, because I think they’ll understand my language better when I do that. It’s science.
Luckily, the police officer understood me and escorted me back through the exit of the security checkpoint and to the money counter. The gentleman thankfully had it behind the glass, and after a quick inspection by the police officer to make sure it was actually mine, I was off!
Crisis averted, we gathered up our bags, and headed up to the departures level to get in our Uber. Next stop, InterContinental Frankfurt!
Let’s see where we are so far:
A380s and Islands Honeymoon:
Arriving at the hotel, we were greeted at the car and had our bags were taken inside. We arrived significantly before normal checkin, around 11:30, and our room wasn’t quite ready. They offered to hold our bags and told us our room would be ready around 1:30-2:00 p.m. We dropped our bags and decided to head out to grab some lunch!
Back at the hotel promptly at 1:30, we successfully checked in and headed to our room, 1817.
The hotel really nailed it with the bed situation, as my new wife and I got just what we were looking for – two single beds!
The bathroom was so small that I couldn’t get another vantage point of it. The tub/shower combination was to the left, so you can just use your imagination – it looked like every other normal one you’ve ever seen.
Jaime and I didn’t eat at the hotel at all, as our three meals while we were there were out in town (and we’ll talk about that more in our next post!). The hotel does have two restaurants/bars – the Signatures Veranda Restaurant and the Daxx Mainhattan’s Bar.
While I can’t comment directly on the quality of food, beverage or service, the bar seemed to have a good buzz and the restaurant was crowded for lunch.
As expected with an InterContinental, the service was very good. Often times being in foreign countries the concierge can play an important role – this was definitely true here. The concierge (Steven) helped us multiple times to find where to go to eat, walk around, etc. We probably bugged him more than most customers but he gave great advice!
How do I get there?
It was about a $30 Uber from the airport. I know there is probably public transportation as well, and I know taxis are an option, but our preferred method is always Uber. The drive took us about 25 minutes to get to the hotel using the highway, but on the return our Uber was quicker (18 minutes) and cheaper (~$25) going south of the river and taking smaller roads.
Any restaurant suggestions?
I’ll cover that in our next post in a little more detail (“1 day in Frankfurt”), but we went to two restaurants we really liked and one that was just ‘okay’. There aren’t a good amount of restaurants right around the hotel, but Old Town is only about a 20 minute walk, and there are many places to eat in-between (as we did twice).
Cost of 1 night:
Not being a big IHG guy, my IHG points stack is pretty small (<10,000 points). So obviously we got this room the good ol’ fashioned way: cold hard cash. It was about $175. Definitely more than I usually like to spend for a one night stay, but I wanted to be in that area and it was pretty comparable to the other hotels in the area for that night.
Honestly, for an InterContinental, I was kind of disappointed. It’s a fine hotel, and for $100-$125 a night I would have really liked it. But for the money it cost I don’t think it lived up to expectations. As the top-tier hotel of the IHG brand, I expected more updated rooms and a more “luxury” feel. The hotel was rather tired and just seemed kind of blah. It’s all a matter of perspective, obviously, but I would probably only stay here again if it was under ~$130. As a top-tier elite at both Hyatt and Marriott, I think I can find better options for a better price most of the time than this.
Do NOT Recommend (for the price)