Bali and Berchtesgaden: Le Meridien Parkhotel Frankfurt

Introduction
Singapore Airlines First Class Houston to Moscow
International Business Lounge Moscow
Singapore Airlines First Class Moscow to Singapore
Singapore Airlines Business Class Singapore to Bali
InterContinental Bali
Exploring Bali
W Retreat Bali Seminyak
Singapore Airlines Business Class Bali to Singapore
The Singapore Airlines Private Room Singapore
Singapore Airlines First Class Singapore to Frankfurt
InterContinental Berchtesgaden & Surrounding Areas
Le Meridien Parkhotel Frankfurt
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Frankfurt
Lufthansa 747-8 First Class Frankfurt to Washington Dulles
Westin Washington Dulles Airport


After an amazing four days in Berchtesgaden we flew from Munich to Frankfurt for a night before continuing from Frankfurt to Washington Dulles on the Lufthansa 747-8. Since intra-Europe flights aren’t especially exciting, I won’t be covering that flight, and will instead pick up in Frankfurt.

I was really hesitant to book the Le Meridien Parkhotel Frankfurt, mainly because Starwood’s two other Frankfurt options are excellent. There’s the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport, which is ideal for a quick overnight layover. The club lounge there is the nicest of any Sheraton I’ve been to, which is quite surprising for an airport hotel. Then there’s the Westin Grand Frankfurt, which is in the city and belongs to American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts. That means that even for a one night stay I get a $100 food and beverage credit and breakfast included, in addition to all of the usual Starwood Platinum perks. It’s an unbeatable value, and if I want to be in the city it’s my first choice.

That being I prefer the location of the Le Meridien for a city layover, given that it’s very close to the train station. Furthermore we were planning on having dinner at a restaurant just a few minutes from the Le Meridien, so in the end decided to stay there. I really was a “downer” about it, because I had only seen the exterior of the hotel, and it fits the very definition of “shabby chic.” Still, I figured the hotel was worth a review and given that the rate was only 125 Euros (compared to the other options, which were more expensive), it seemed like the best option anyway.

We took the train from Frankfurt Airport, which took about 20 minutes. From there it’s a quick five minute walk to the hotel, so the location can’t be beat.


Hotel exterior

The lobby was empty and within minutes we were checked in. The associate was extremely friendly and proactively offered us an upgrade to a junior suite in the “historic wing.” Given my previous impression of the hotel being “shabby chic,” I really wasn’t excited about being in the historic (aka old) wing of the hotel, but I was prepared to be proven wrong. We were also offered our choice of Platinum amenity, and we selected breakfast, for which the associate prepared a voucher.


Lobby

The entrance to the historic wing is to the left of the entrance of the hotel, and from there we took the elevator to the second floor. We were assigned room 200, the first room on the right.


Hotel hallway


Our room

When I opened the door I was very pleasantly surprised. The room had a classic design, though there was nothing “shabby” about it. It featured a king bed (really two twins pushed together, but that’s pretty common in Europe), desk, and seating area.


Junior suite


Junior suite


Bed


Desk


TV


Seating area

The views were of trees and some kind of weird back entrance, though sometimes it’s nice to feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere when in a city (not that Frankfurt has any especially “iconic” views).


View from the room

The bathroom was a bit on the small side though perfectly functional and well maintained.


Bathroom


Bathroom

The bathroom was stocked with Cinq Mondes amenities.


Amenities

Anyway, I was really impressed by the room, especially given the price we paid. It’s also worth noting that the wifi is fast, which isn’t always a given in Europe.

The hotel also has a pretty basic gym, though it was empty the one time I used it.


Gym


Gym

Breakfast was served in Restaurant Le Parc from 6:30AM till 10:30AM, and I was happy to see they offer Platinum members the entire buffet for free (as opposed to just a “continental” selection, which is what they have to provide as the Platinum amenity). The hotel seemed to be dead the whole time we were there, and it was especially evident at breakfast, as we were the only guests.


Le Parc Restaurant

The breakfast spread was great, consisting of everything imaginable. Given that it was my last day in Germany I definitely went a bit overboard on the fresh rolls and Nutella, which I’m working off at the gym to this day!


Breakfast buffet


Breakfast buffet


Breakfast buffet


Breakfast buffet


Breakfast buffet


Breakfast buffet

Anyway, this hotel is great, especially for the price, and I have nothing but positive things to say about it. I’ve gotta be honest, I was almost hoping I wouldn’t like this place, since I now have three great Starwood options in Frankfurt to choose from. I think I’ll continue to stay at the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport for short overnight layovers (maybe less than 14-16 hours), will likely choose the Le Meridien for layovers of up to 24 hours thanks to the proximity to the train station, and will likely choose the Westin for longer stays, especially thanks to their American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts affiliation.

Frankfurt isn’t a stellar city when it comes to hotels, though Starwood has some great options.

Comments

  1. says

    Wow. Seeing the hotel entrance, I was prepared for the worst, but the room actually isn’t too bad! Even though the view isn’t great, it seems like the location and the EUR 125 rate make up for the dowdy-looking exterior.

  2. rich (arizona) says

    Whats up with all of the “chocolate” swirls on the carpet? Looks pretty strange, otherwise seems like a nice hotel.

    Ever been to Cologne? Later this year I’ll be visiting and have booked the Hyatt Regency there (with the L4 cert from the cc and some points for the two nights).

    The airport Sheraton was very convenient. Speaking of which, have you stayed at the CDG Airport Sheraton ?

  3. lucky says

    @ rich (arizona) — At CDG have only stayed at the Hyatt, which obviously isn’t as convenient as the Sheraton. I’ve been to Cologne, though stayed with family last time I was there.

  4. StvR says

    You should do bandwidth tests every time you use wifi at a hotel or airport. Your readership will get a kick out of it.

  5. bluto says

    I checked out of this hotel yesterday. I agree with you. I was a little apprehensive when they said the room was in the old wing, but the room was actually quite nice. I did not get a suite but it was a better than average room they gave me, probably because of SPG Gold. I think the Sheraton airport hotel is more generous with the benefits (I get lounge access there pretty regularly) but they were pretty by-the-book here at the Le Meridien. That said, I got everything I expected. It is definitely better than the Intercontinental nearby which I used to stay at.

  6. Carl says

    Starwood is well represented in FRA. It is bizarre that Hyatt is totally absent and Hilton only has a single property

  7. LK says

    Actually, the “new” wing isn’t that great. I’m just a lowly Gold, and on my most recent stay had an “upgraded” room which was larger than the norm (but with a weird shape and a retrofitted bathroom – maybe this was once originally a post-war office building). The basic room at the Westin is nicer.

  8. lucky says

    @ LK — From what I saw of the new wing I preferred the “historic” wing. The new wing looked very Ikea-ish to me, while I thought the “historic” wing was well maintained.

  9. says

    @Carl

    Hilton is present with more than one propertys in Frankfurt, there is one in the city, one at the airport in addition to a Hilton Garden Inn and two Hiltons in near by Mainz.

    @Lucky
    #200 seems to be the standard SPG Platinum Junior Suite. I have gotten it a few times and now requested to have other rooms.

  10. Gregorygrady says

    Hmmmmm, I got Hermes toiletries when I stayed at this hotel in a jr suite, granted that was a couple years ago. I actually quite like the hotel selection in frankfurt as there is something for any desire. I’ve stayed at all 3 spy’s you mentioned and also the IC. I fully agree with you. Airport Sheraton is great for shortish layovers, great club lounge. Westin grand has a pretty decent lounge as well and good city center location. Lm park hotel is very near train station for a very good option for a 1-nighter stay. And hey, even thou the hotel is somewhat old and washed up, you certainly can’t go wrong with the 2 minibars in the IC panoramic suite if you are an RA.

  11. Gregorygrady says

    Lol, I think I too was upgraded to suite 200 here. The view out the window looks awfully familiar!!!!

  12. says

    Sat inside room 200 now. Glad to report that the room has been enhanced with an Illy espresso machine!

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