Where to stay in Frankfurt (am Main) – What you need to know

Frankfurt is one of the most modern cities in Germany.

Located in the Hesse Bundesland, in the west of the country and on the banks of the River Main, Frankfurt is one of the most cosmopolitan and dynamic cities in Germany.

The best areas to stay in Frankfurt, Germany

The best areas to stay in Frankfurt, Germany

Sometimes called “Mainhattan” due to its skyline full of glass skyscrapers and its position on the Main river, Frankfurt is the fifth largest city in Germany.

For many travellers, Frankfurt is the gateway to the country and even to the European continent. This due to the importance of its airport, a main hub of the German airline Lufthansa, Frankfurt International Airport holds several superlative records among world airports, including daily operations and number of international destinations.

Frankfurt is home to the European Central Bank, which makes it the business capital of Germany and one of the most important financial hubs in the world.

Although from a tourist point of view Frankfurt may lack the old charm of Munich or Dresden, or the dynamism and historical weight of Berlin, the city is interesting enough to spend a couple of days visiting the (reconstructed) medieval corners of its city centre, marveling in front of its imposing skyscrapers or exercising your credit card in one of its many shopping centers.

Deciding where to stay in Frankfurt is of vital importance, whether you are visiting the city for business, or if you are on a leisure trip.

Frankfurt has an excellent transport system and its city centre is quite walkable. The most remote areas of the Altstadt are connected by its several metro lines (U-Bahn) and commuter (S-Bahn)or regional trains .

These are the main areas to stay in Frankfurt for business, pleasure or during a long stopover.

1. Best area: Zentrum-Altstadt

Without a doubt one of the best areas to stay in Frankfurt, Germany.

This district’s name can be translated as “Centre-Old City”, and, needless to say, it’s located in central area of Frankfurt.

Zentrum-Altstadt is less than a square kilometre in size, which is why it is considered one of the smallest districts in all of Frankfurt.

This “old city” is the most touristy area in town, due to its medieval character. It is one of the most cosmopolitan areas of ​the city.

Zentrum is the best connected area in ​​Frankfurt thanks to its numerous metro stops and its proximity to the central station.

The area around Römer Platz, inhabited since Roman times, concentrates most of Frankfurt’s (rebuilt) medieval buildings, as well as the most pleasant places to enjoy a coffee.

What makes it the best area to stay in Frankfurt is how easy it is to walk around town from here.

Hotels in this area tend to have slightly higher rates than the rest of the city, but it is well worth it for both leisure and business travellers.

Where to stay in Frankfurt - Zentrum-Altstadt

Where to stay in Frankfurt – Zentrum-Altstadt

Frankfurt - Zentrum-Altstadt - Click to see all hotels on a map

Frankfurt – Zentrum-Altstadt – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Great historic value
  • Römer Platz
  • Medieval buildings
  • Several museums
  • Cafés and restaurants
  • Walkable
  • Best area for tourists

Selected hotels in this area

  • Our Favourite

    Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof,founded in 1876, is located in the middle of the financial historical district of Frankfurt and just 1 km from the imperial cathedral of St. Bartholomew, where the emperor’s coronation took place. – from €159.

  • Budget Option

    Willy Hotel Frankfurt is a new hotel located in the heart of Frankfurt, opposite the European Central Bank and 3 minutes walk from the historic center and the Opera. It has free Wi-Fi connection. – from €57 .

  • Midrange Option

    Hotel Miramar Golden Mile offers comfortable accommodation and free Wi-Fi in the heart of Frankfurt’s historic center, a 2-minute walk from the cathedral and Römer Platz. – from €81 .

  • Luxury Option

    Jumeirah Frankfurt presents a luxurious interior design and offers modern cuisine and holistic relaxation. It is located in the center of Frankfurt, just a few steps from the important shopping street Zeil. – from €214 .

 

 

 

2. Innenstadt (Frankfurt’s Financial District)

Innenstadt is located directly north of Altstadt and is part of the old walled city center of Frankfurt.

The district of Innenstadt is one of the most luxurious and sumptuous in Frankfurt. Immense amounts of money are moved around in this area, some of the most expensive commercial streets and real estate properties in Germany are located here.

Here you can walk along the most famous street in Frankfurt, the Zeil. In addition, you can rest in the beautiful tree-lined squares, Hauptwache and Konstablerwache.

Additionally, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the Old Opera House are also at the centre of this district, which is also the centre of the entire city.

Innenstadt is very well connected by metro and is also very walkable. It is the best area to stay in Frankfurt for business travellers, due to its commercial and financial nature and infrastructure.

Best areas to stay in Frankfurt - Innenstadt

Best areas to stay in Frankfurt – Innenstadt

Frankfurt - Innenstadt - Click to see all hotels on a map

Frankfurt – Innenstadt – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Financial hub
  • Modern architecture
  • Zeil shopping street
  • Shopping Centres
  • Cafés and restaurants
  • Very walkable
  • Best area to stay in Frankfurt for business travellers

Selected hotels in this area

  • Our Favourite

    Hilton Frankfurt City Centre is located in the centre of Frankfurt, a few minutes’ walk from the main attractions, and has a restaurant with a park and spa terrace with a free 25-metre swimming pool. – from €132 .

  • Budget Option

    EXPO Hotel Frankfurt has a 24-hour reception and free Wi-Fi. It is a 1-minute walk from the Zeil shopping street and the Konstablerwache station. – from €38 .

  • Midrange Option

    Favored Hotel Scala is a modern 3-star hotel located in Frankfurt and offers free WiFi and a 24-hour reception. Zeil Street and the Konstablerwache Underground Station are only 300 metres from the hotel. – from €51 .

  • Luxury Option

    Jumeirah Frankfurt has a luxurious interior decoration, with modern kitchen and holistic relaxation. It is located in Innenstadt, one of the best areas to stay in Frankfurt, a few steps from Zeil Street. – from €214 .

 

 

 

3. Bahnhofsviertel

Literally known – due to its meaning in German – as the “train station district”, it is one of the most peculiar districts in all of Frankfurt, due to its reputation as the nightlife and red-light district of the city.

This district is located in the centre of Frankfurt, and you can walk to almost every corner in the Zentrum from here. Although during the day there is no problem, at night you have to have some caution when roaming its streets.

It is an area that is not for everyone, the most frequent businesses in this area are casinos, brothels, taverns, bars and the like.

That said, Bahnhofsviertel is probably the best connected area in Frankfurt due to being home to Hauptbanhof, the busiest train station in Germany, with urban connections, direct trains to the airport and to almost every imaginable city in Germany, Belgium, Holland and France.

In addition, Bahnhofsviertel is also home to what are probably the cheapest hotels in Frankfurt.

Neighbourhoods to stay in Frankfurt - Banhofviertel

Neighbourhoods to stay in Frankfurt – Banhofviertel

Frankfurt - Banhofviertel - Click to see all hotels on a map

Frankfurt – Banhofviertel – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Hauptbanhof
  • Great connections
  • Very central
  • Budget hotels
  • Nightlife
  • Walkable

Selected hotels in this area

  • Our Favourite

    Hotel Victoria occupies a historic building, a 3-minute walk from Frankfurt Central Station and a 5-minute walk from the opera house. It offers a 24-hour bar and free Wi-Fi. – from €71 .

  • Budget Option

    easyHotel Frankfurt City Center offers excellent public transport links and is located just 2 blocks from Frankfurt Central Station. The easyHotel Frankfurt City Center is a 10-minute walk from the Frankfurt Trade Fair. – from €42 .

 

 

 

4. Gutleutviertel

Gutleutviertel is located next to the Main River, west of the centre of Frankfurt and next to the central railway station of the city.

In medieval times, this port district was an area outside the walls where the undesirable services of the city; leper hospitals, brothels and popular markets were located.

After the removal of the walls to expand the city, Gutleutviertel remained a relatively poor, working class area, with a large number of industrial buildings.

In recent years, Gutleutviertel has become a desirable area to live in Frankfurt, with lots of residential and commercial complexes and a vibrant alternative scene.

Where to stay in Frankfurt - Gutleutviertel

Where to stay in Frankfurt – Gutleutviertel

Frankfurt - Gutleutviertel - Click to see all hotels on a map

Frankfurt – Gutleutviertel – Click to see all hotels on a map

Selected hotels in this area

  • Our Favourite

    Pearl Hotel, a 4-star hotel, is a 2-minute walk from the River Main and a 10-minute walk from Frankfurt Central Station. It has a modern design and features a 24-hour reception and free Wi-Fi. – from €53 .

 

 

 

5. Gallusviertel

This industrial district is located to the north and north-west of the central railway station.

Gallusviertel is one of the best neighborhoods to stay in Frankfurt for business travellers as it is very close to the Frankfurt Fair (Messe Frankfurt).

This industrial area has a large number of business hotels and some cheap accommodation options catering to all budgets.

The Gallusviertel area is connected by the commuter train (S-Bahn).

Frankfurt - Gallusviertel - Click to see all hotels on a map

Frankfurt – Gallusviertel – Click to see all hotels on a map

Selected hotels in this area

  • Our Favourite

    MEININGER Hotel Frankfurt/Main Messe is located just a 5-minute walk from the Frankfurt Messe exhibition center, it is well connected by the S-Bahn urban train and offers soundproofed rooms, free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour bar. – from €53 .

 

 

 

6. Around the airport

Frankfurt Airport is one of the most important gateways in Europe.

As the main hub of the German airline Lufthansa, Frankfurt International handles thousands of daily flights from all over the world. Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) is the main international gateway to Germany and the European continent.

While it is not too far from the Hauptbahnhof (roughly 25 minutes on S-Bahn), it is not the most convenient area to stay in Frankfurt.

Having said that, staying near the airport is probably a top priority for travellers who are simply looking for a place to stay during a long stopover in Frankfurt.

Around FRA, there are a large number of accommodations to suit all tastes and budgets.

Staying near the airport in Frankfurt

Staying near the airport in Frankfurt

Selected hotels in this area

  • Our Favourite

    Motel One Frankfurt Airport is located in the Niederrad district of Frankfurt, between the city centre and Frankfurt Airport. It offers modern rooms, private parking and free Wi-Fi. The A5 motorway is close to the property. – from €52 .

 

 

 

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About the Author

My name is Luis Cicerone. When I was little, I would walk around the house with an atlas in my hand. My rainy Sundays were spent memorising maps and capitals. At fifteen I did my first solo trip and since then I travel whenever I can. I work in travel marketing. I love photography, movies and cat videos.

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