TRIED&TESTED

Steigen­berger Frank­furter Hof; The Con­naught; Eti­had Air­ways A380

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BACK­GROUND Opened in 1876, Steigen­berger Frank­furter Hof is the flag­ship prop­erty of Steigen­berger Ho­tels and Re­sorts. It is a part of Deutsche Hospi­tal­ity that also owns ho­tel brands — Jazz in the City and In­ter­City. It has been de­signed by ar­chi­tects Mylius and Bluntschli.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? It is one of those iconic prop­er­ties where antiquity meets glo­ri­ous ar­chi­tec­ture. A strik­ing sand­stone build­ing wel­comes you to the prop­erty. Walk­ing through its mar­ble lobby, I couldn’t help imag­ine what it must have been like around 150 years ago. A path­way with the re­cep­tion on the right and el­e­va­tors on the left di­rects you to a car­peted loung­ing area with a grand chan­de­lier and pieces of art. Gourmet Restau­rant Français, Hof­garten and Au­toren­bar are up ahead.

WHERE IS IT? In the heart of Frank­furt’s his­tor­i­cal city cen­tre and fi­nan­cial dis­trict. Cen­tral Sta­tion is a 13-minute walk and Frank­furt air­port is 17 min­utes by road. The Main­tower, Römer and Paulskirche are only a few steps away.

ROOM FA­CIL­I­TIES The ho­tel’s sound­proofed ac­com­mo­da­tion has been ren­o­vated and it’s hard to tell the age of the ho­tel by its mod­ern rooms. Its 261 rooms and 42 suites are cat­e­gorised as Su­pe­rior rooms (35 sqm), Grand Deluxe rooms (45 sqm), Ju­nior suites (55 sqm), Stu­dio suites (69 sqm), Ex­ec­u­tive suites (90 sqm), Pres­i­den­tial suite (120 sqm) and Royal suite (300 sqm). I stayed in a Grand Deluxe room that has a flat screen TV, a hairdryer, a safe, a bath­room with a sep­a­rate rain shower and bath­tub, and a Ne­spresso ma­chine. Dark shades of brown and bronze give this room a bold and edgy look. Rich fab­rics and leather are used across the space. The work desk is be­side the win­dow in front of a loung­ing chair where I un­wound in the evenings with an espresso. Am­ple ta­ble and wall lamps brighten up the stark room. Power sock­ets are placed thought­fully. Wifi is free across all lev­els of ac­com­mo­da­tion.

RESTAU­RANTS AND BARS The ho­tel has three restau­rants and bars. This in­cludes Restau­rant Français that serves fine French fare and is spear­headed by award-win­ning chef Pa­trick Bit­tner. Its elab­o­rate wine list fea­tures around 500 wines from Ger­many and France. The restau­rant has an al fresco ter­race that of­fers an im­pres­sive view of the city — an ideal place to en­joy drinks with your col­leagues. Break­fast is served at Hof­garten. OS­CAR’s — Brasserie Mod­erne has art-deco charm that makes it an en­dear­ing din­ing venue. It was un­der ren­o­va­tion dur­ing my visit and was tem­po­rar­ily moved to the first floor. It re­opened in the be­gin­ning of Oc­to­ber. Ci­gar­rum that opens only by re­quest from guests, prides it­self on fine wine, cigars and ex­clu­sive spir­its. The Au­toren­bar, or “Au­thors’ Bar” is known for its Royal High Tea and sig­na­ture cock­tails.

MEET­ING FA­CIL­I­TIES

There are 19 well-equipped, day­light flooded and air­con­di­tioned meet­ing rooms that can ac­com­mo­date up to 700 persons. This ranges from a cozy sa­lon to the colos­sal ball­room (Fest­saal). Meet­ing rooms are equipped with mi­cro­phones, pro­jec­tors, LCD screens and a si­mul­ta­ne­ous trans­la­tion booth on re­quest.

LEISURE FA­CIL­I­TIES A 24hour fit­ness cen­tre and THE SPA that sprawls across 1,000 sqm. It houses a Turk­ish bath and a tra­di­tional bar­ber shop as well.

VER­DICT A lux­ury prop­erty with iconic his­tory in the heart of Frank­furt. Great ser­vice teamed with tra­di­tion and moder­nity.

TESTED BY

Ravi Lal­wani

HOW MANY ROOMS?

303 rooms and suites.

HIGH­LIGHTS

Lo­ca­tion of the ho­tel and the range ameni­ties across room cat­e­gories.

PRICE

In­ter­net rates for a mid­week stay in a Su­pe­rior room in mid-De­cem­ber started from €203/`15,663.

CON­TACT

Steigen­berger Frank­furter Hof, Am Kais­er­platz, 60311 Frank­furt am Main, Ger­many; tel: +49 69 21502; steigen­berger.com

☑ FREE WIFI

☑ 24hr ROOM SER­VICE

☑ 24hr GYM

☑ 3 RESTAU­RANTS

☑ 2 BARS

☑ 19 MEET­ING ROOMS

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