One night at the Frankfurt Intercontinental

Overview: A solid but aging upper-mid-scale hotel located on the bank of the Main River
Strengths: Service, cleanliness
Drawbacks: An aging property with a location that is best called “CBD-adjacent”

Earlier this month, I spent one night at the Frankfurt Intercontinental Hotel as part of a short roadshow.  This was my first visit to an IC property as a Royal Ambassador.

I checked in to the hotel around noon time, presenting my credit card, passport and Ambassador card.  The agent acknowledged the card and really turned on the smiles from there.  She said I was upgraded to a deluxe corner room, said there would be a welcome treat waiting for me and that I should help myself to the minibar, if I so desired.

The lobby was buzzing with activity – but wasn’t unbearably crowded.  Deutsche Bank, a competitor of mine, was having some sort of half-day conference at the hotel – so there was some milling around by conference-goers.  (I was not part of the event.)

The Lobby

While a deluxe corner room has some positive attributes, one drawback of this one was it is at the far end of a very long corridor.  I probably had to walk past 20 rooms on either side to get to my room.

The room itself was quite bright, owing to the two sides of windows.  There was even a small balcony.  Though accessible, the way the curtains and furniture were set up, it was clear the balcony wasn’t something they wanted guests to focus on.  The room was a little larger than most, and had a small sitting area with sofa and chair.  The beds were in the traditional setup – with two beds pushed together.  The TV was an old tube television.

My welcome amenity was a nice selection of fruit and a piece of chocolate.  I had some of the fruit; it was good.

Ambassador Welcome Amenity

Though it was bright and in good condition, the room’s décor to be fairly stale.  I’ve been to a number of properties in Germany – some traditional (Raffles Four Seasons in Hamburg, Frankfurter Hof in Frankfurt) and some contemporary (Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt) – this hotel was lost in between.

View from the balcony

The bathroom was in good condition – but had the dreaded shower curtain.  That darned thing wrapped itself around me more than once.  Yuck!

 

After dinner out, than drinks in the lobby lounge, I did avail myself to one more beer from the minibar.  It was cold.  And, it did not appear on my bill.  Both good facts.

For breakfast, I ordered the continental breakfast along with a salmon plate.  The quality of the food was very good, and it was delivered in less than 20 minutes.

I went for a run along the river.  There is a nice wide, well-paved path along the river.  Despite the beautiful early May morning, there were surprisingly (at least to me) few runners out on that path.

Internet access was free (as an Ambassador).  I'm not sure what the charge would have been.  Being in a corner of the hotel, the internet worked much better on the inner corner of the room versus the far corner of the room.

There was a queue to check out, so I just dropped off my key in their box and made my way out to the taxi stand.  My bill, which was accurate, was emailed to me later that day (without prompting).

There is a Club lounge at this hotel.  I didn’t ask for access, nor was I offered it.  Looking at the hotel’s website, it looks like some room categories have been significantly refreshed.  Mine was not (though was perfectly fine).

While I wouldn’t rush back to this hotel as a tourist, when looking for a reliable and reasonable hotel for a short business trip, I’d put the Frankfurt Intercontinental on this list to consider.

Details
Frankfurt Intercontinental
Wilhelm-Leuschner Strasse 43 • Frankfurt, 60329 • Germany
Telephone: ++49-69-26050
Fax: ++49-69-252467

(This post corrected on May 31 to reflect that I have Royal Ambassador status, not just regular Ambassador status.)

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