Tried & Tested

Hotel check: Jumeirah Frankfurt

26 Feb 2015 by GrahamSmith

BACKGROUND

Luxury Dubai-based group Jumeirah opened its Frankfurt property in 2011.

The new-build tower in which it is housed forms part of the city centre’s Palais Quartier complex.

WHAT’S IT LIKE?

The modern, 25-storey glass building is a striking contrast to the Baroque Thurn-und-Taxis Palace situated outside the hotel’s entrance.

Inside, the décor is stylish and sophisticated. A trail of crystals suspended from the ceiling guides guests from the concierge desk, past the Ember bar to the reception located beneath a huge chandelier.

The lifts have a clever system that allows you to swipe your card and select your floor on the touchscreen display. It will then indicate which of the five lifts is on its way.

WHERE IS IT?

Just off the busy Zeil shopping street and next to My Zeil mall, to which the hotel has direct access.

It is within walking distance of the financial district and main tourist sights, and the nearest underground station, Hauptwache, is 200 metres away. It’s 20-30 minutes by taxi from the airport.

ROOM FACILITIES

There are 218 guestrooms, including 50 suites, with categories ranging from Deluxe rooms (35-40 sqm) to the 220 sqm Presidential suite, all with free wifi.

The interiors have pleasant walnut, honey and nutmeg tones, with timber floors, silk carpets and colourful contemporary artwork by German painter Hartwig Ebersbach.

My Skyline Deluxe room offered impressive views of the city through floor-to-ceiling windows.

A good-sized workdesk sat in the middle of the room, dividing the space in two – to the right was the bed, and to the left a living area with a chaise longue, armchair and wardrobe with robes, slippers, ironing board and safe. The desk was equipped with international plug sockets and USB/audio/video outlets.

Other technology included a 42-inch TV, which turned 360 degrees to be viewed anywhere in the room, and a Bose docking station. Bedside switches controlled the curtains and lighting. Motion and heat sensors regulated the room’s temperature automatically, but could also be manually adjusted.

The open-plan bathroom had sliding doors which could divide it from the rest of the room. There were cubicles for the toilet and shower, as well as a tub and L’Occitane toiletries.

All in all, the room was comfortable, spacious, modern and quiet. Smoking rooms are available on request.

RESTAURANTS AND BARS

The Lebanese El Rayyan, which joins the lobby to the shopping mall, is open 12pm-12am Monday to Saturday, with belly dancing on Friday and Saturday nights.

Upstairs, fine-dining eatery Max on One serves German and Austrian cuisine, which you can watch being prepared in the open kitchen.

Look out for dishes containing honey produced by the hotel’s four rooftop hives (it’s also used in some of the spa treatments). Cosy Ember bar on the ground floor is a peaceful place for informal meetings.

BUSINESS AND MEETING FACILITIES

The third floor has 730 sqm of event space – the Crystal ballroom is the largest, seating 200 delegates theatre-style. Four meeting rooms hold between 20 and 60 people theatre-style.

There is also a 140 sqm pre-function area and a 24-hour business centre.

LEISURE FACILITIES

Talise spa on the fourth floor has seven treatment rooms and separate saunas for men and women.

Guests also have free access, via the sixth floor, to My Zeil’s Fitness First gym, which has Technogym equipment and a 20-metre pool.

VERDICT

This business-oriented city-centre hotel is superb both in terms of its location and facilities. Service was friendly, too. Highly recommended.


FACT FILE

  • HOW MANY ROOMS? 218 – 95 Deluxe, 15 Skyline Deluxe, 58 Deluxe studios, 16 Junior suites, 15 Skyline Junior suites, 17 Deluxe suites, a Senator and a Presidential suite.
  • HIGHLIGHTS The free wifi, impressive high-tech touches and excellent spa.
  • PRICE Internet rates for a flexible midweek stay in April started at €270 for a Deluxe room.
  • CONTACT Jumeirah Frankfurt, 2 Thurn-und-Taxis-Platz; tel +49 692 972 370; jumeirah.com

Miriam Jones

 
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