Arrival Experience: The 25Hours Hotel Frankfurt, The Goldman is easily reached by tram number 11, which passes by the main train station. From the airport, it is a simple train to the main station and then a short tram ride. The convenience of the tram makes it easy to get around town from this artsy neighborhood in eastern Frankfurt. While the hotel staff does not mention it, a partnership with Mini Cooper cars gives guests free access to transportation via car around town, as well. Alternatively, bikes are available to borrow. Staffers await in the stylish lobby to assist with traditional German efficiency. A bowl of candy and a jogger’s station with free apples and water are also available (be careful: reaching for an apple or water without sweat on your brow may lead to a rebuff from the staff). English proficiency is excellent here, and the guest list is a relative United Nations of clientele.
Dining: The main restaurant serves lunch and dinner and does a nice dose of local business. Its bar is also popular during the evening hours. On the other side of reception is a lobby lounge and bar, which also brews specialty coffee in the mornings. The ample breakfast buffet is laid out here each morning and includes specialty coffee, a variety of cold cuts and salmon, fresh fruit, hot eggs and bacon, and numerous types of cheese. In keeping with the hip vibe of the hotel, the décor is sleek and sexy with dim mood lighting.
Rooms: As colorful as the building’s orange façade, the rooms are a kaleidoscope of creativity. Even the hallways are colorful with clever artwork, posters, and design pieces lining the walls. Carpeted floors and headboards alternate in color, and bespoke artwork hangs above the beds. Convenient lamps and power outlets are on the nightstands. Thick duvets top the firm mattresses, and an iPod docking station is available for use as an alarm clock. To save space, flat-screen cable TVs hang on the walls with mostly regional channels. Closets house safes and popular Freitag tote bags that guests can use during their stay. Side tables double as desks with easy-access power ports for guests to use the free wireless Internet access (which works throughout the building). Views are of the neighborhood; the higher the floor, the better. Bathrooms are coated in red tiles and have white porcelain sinks with makeup mirrors. Strong shower pressure behind glass doors washes away any jetlag and organic honey toiletries are dispensed from pump bottles in an effort to be environmentally friendly. One of the most clever features is the door’s do not disturb sign, which has a dozen options of hilarious reasons why you may or may not need service like “You don’t want to know” or “Housekeeping: Keep Out.”
Amenities: In addition to the bikes, guests can access a nearby fitness center for a small fee. Two meeting rooms and iMac work stations are available for those with corporate needs. If the Freitag tote bags in the room catch your eye, the eclectic gift shop sells them in addition to other items like wallets, books, and other design accessories. Be sure to take a peek into the lobby-level restrooms, which have urinals on the men’s side with ruby red, open lips (sure to create conversation!). The hotel’s penchant for colorful art matches this up-and-coming neighborhood well, and young travelers will find this to be one of the city’s best boutique hotels. As a member of Design Hotels, it draws plenty of art and style lovers from around the world.