Germany’s financial capital has no shortage of comfortable and convenient accommodation. For visitors looking for something a little funkier, however, options have traditionally been scant. But Frankfurt has loosened its collar in recent years, nurturing a lively nightlife scene and a hospitality sector to suit. Here, four hotels that go beyond the meat-and-potato offerings of old.
The sound choice
The Libertine Lindenberg unites the style of a design hotel and the comfort of a co-living space. The rooms are cool enough (freestanding tubs, bare brick walls), but it’s the common areas where things come to life, with quirky artworks, modish décor and an underground recording studio, which hosts jam sessions and cinema nights. Aside from a slick bar and café, there’s a shared kitchen attended by an in-house chef.
Frankensteiner Straße 20, Frankfurt, Germany; thelindenberg.com
The funky stay
“Welcome to Frankytown!” is the message at the Bristol Hotel. Located in the lively Bahnhofsviertel district, the property features zebra-stripe carpeting in the rooms, mock-cowhide armchairs in the lobby and a green-and-pleasant outdoor area, where guests gather to sample the bar’s creative cocktail list. Balcony rooms look out on Frankfurt’s bristling tower blocks, making this a safe bet for business travelers, too.
Ludwigstraße 15, Frankfurt, Germany; bristol-hotel.de
The organic experience
Everything here—from the bedsheets to the breakfast menu—is organic, but the Villa Orange is neither frumpy nor pious in its approach to eco-friendly hospitality. Situated in a century-old building in the city’s fashionable Nordend district, the hotel blends elegance and easy-going charm. Once a month, they host a literary salon, and will happily point you to the area’s many bars, restaurants and boutiques.
Hebelstraße 1, Frankfurt, Germany; villa-orange.de
The high-flier hotel
Don’t let the name or the price fool you. The Motel One chain’s four Frankfurt properties boast some of the most stylish hotel experiences in the city. The Frankfurt-Römer branch features edgy artworks, retro furnishings and creatively cluttered wall units, while the equally-colorful airport hotel throws in a few aviation-themed twists—stylized route maps, say, or paper planes. For extra convenience, you can borrow iPads for free from reception.
Colmarer Straße 2, Frankfurt, Germany; motel-one.de