During this years’ Frankfurt Motor Show we had a chance to visit the only Jumeirah hotel in Germany: Jumeirah Frankfurt! The hotel is located just 3 km from “Messe Frankfurt”- where the auto show takes place every two years – and its right in the heart of the German financial capital. The 99-meter tall tower features 217 rooms and is part of the “Palais Quartier” building complex.
The hotel opened in August 2011 and is the only Jumeirah-operated property in Germany. Jumeirah is a Dubai-based hospitality group that has hotels in Dubai, Istanbul, Rome, London and many other places around the globe. It is planning expansion to India, Malaysia, China, the Caribic and Qatar. In the Jumeirah portfolio is also the most famous hotel in the Dubai: the Burj al Arab.
Jumeirah Frankfurt is located in the heart of the city, making it easily accessible via train or car. It is about 30 minutes drive from the Frankfurt International Airport, which is the busiest passenger airport in Germany, catering to 59.6 million passengers in 2014.
The hotel is near the the ‘Ziel’ shopping street- a popular shopping district since the late 19th century, and it has direct access to the ‘MyZiel’ mall. The Hauptwache Plaza, Frankfurt Opera House and the Frankfurt Zoo are all close-by, so is the city’s financial district, including the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
The entrance of the hotel hides the behind the Thurn und Taxis Palace, a 18th century palace that was destroyed in the second world war and rebuilt at the same time the Jumeirah tower was constructed. The lobby sports elegant design but is not as grand as in some other luxury metropolitan hotels like the Ritz Carlton in Berlin. The elevators require you to chose a floor before entering them, not unusual for tall buildings like this but it took us a day to get used to. There are 217 rooms and suites in the hotel and we took abode in room no 2109, which was very spacious for a city center hotel. Besides a sitting area there was a large LCD TV that can be turned from the sitting area to the bedroom. The bed was large and very comfortable. The ensuite bathroom was plush and included both a separate shower and bath.
The rooms have a classic-contemporary décor and all of them have a painting by renowned German artist Hartwig Ebersbach. Furthermore, the ones on the upper floors give a stunning view of the city and the Frankfurt skyline. Our room looked out towards the river Main and in the distance we could see airplanes land at Frankfurt airport.
The hotel claims that it uses a “hybrid room tempering system” that utilizes body heat detectors and motion sensors to control the energy consumption.
In the lobby, there’s the El Rayyan restaurant that serves authentic Lebanese, and Ember Bar and Lounge, where you can grab a snack or enjoy a soothing drink. The Max on One restaurant is on the first-floor and offers global cuisine.
Jumierah Frankfurt has a beehive on its terrace at the 28th floor. This allows it to procure its own honey, which can be tasted during breakfast at Max on One or as a “special honey cocktail” at Ember Bar and Lounge.
Talking about the latter, we liked the ambience and setting but felt it was a bit small and closed a bit early. A bit more flexibility on the staff side would suit this five star hotel more.
Spa and Gym Facilities
The hotel highly recommends trying out its spa facilities, where there are two saunas, seven treatment rooms and relaxations areas. The unique “Skyline Honey Treatment”, uses the hotel’s self-produced honey for the massage.
Moreover, Fitness First, the world’s largest privately-owned health club group runs a gym at the hotel. Although the kids are not allowed, adults get access to a plethora of cardiovascular and aerobic equipment, a swimming pool and a range of complimentary aqua training programs. Sadly we didn’t have time to try it out but had a quick look around instead.
Being Mercedes-Benz’s official hotel partner, Jumierah Frankfurt provides an S-Class to its guests for traveling around the city.
On the third-floor, there are the meeting and events facilities. The ballroom has more than 105,000 crystals embedded into the ceiling and can hold up to 250 guests. Apart from that, there are four meeting rooms with space for up to 50 people.
Jumeirah Hotel provides a great abode for people on business-related trips to Frankfurt. The lobby, which has been previously criticised for being cramped, was renovated recently and although the footprint of the bar and lobby is still fairly small it looks the part. The rooms and facilities are as you expect from a Jumeirah hotel. The food (especially in-room dining) and service can see a little improvement but in general the Jumeirah is a pleasant place to stay when in Frankfurt.