I found this hotel through Agoda.com. It is a fairly new hotel, I think it may have just opened in 2012. My search was for 1 room for 2 adults. When we checked in, we had a "family" room which was a queen-sized bed and a bunk bed, which would be fine for a family of 4. The cost was quite reasonable, €104 for 2 nights.
The room was very clean and quiet. No hairdryer in the room but you can ask for one at the desk. Breakfast is offered at a price of €7,50 additional. The breakfast bar had rolls, meats, cheeses, cereal, packaged yogurt, fruit, tea, coffee, and juice.
It is only 2 blocks from the Hauptbanhof. Free wi-fi, pets allowed, air-conditioned, elevator/lift.
Quite convenient to the train station. Plenty of free parking if you are driving.
Since I live close to Darmstadt and since friends and family usually stay at “Hotel Ingrid” I can't judge about accommodation from own or friends’ experience.
But because I receive questions about affordable hotels from time to time I decided to add my personal thoughts to this subject.
Darmstadt is not really a tourist destination, at least not many tourists stay here overnight. The majority of travellers come because of business reasons or for exhibitions in Frankfurt. Frankfurt is only 20 min by train to the north and usually Frankfurt’s hotels are either overpriced or completely booked during exhibition times.
The most popular hotels for business travellers are the two Hotel Maritim (the older one is “Maritim Rhein Main”, directly at the main train station and the newer one is “Maritim Conference” on the other side of the street). Another typical business hotel is Welcome Hotel in the middle of town. Ramada Hotel is slightly off the town centre but the rooms are very nice and colourful, from what I saw when former colleagues stayed there. The charming hotel “Bockshaut” is located in the town centre, however, room prices are not low (approx. 70 Euro for a single room) and there is no hotel parking. Visitors with car would have to stay in one of the overpriced public parking garages, at reduced rates however (8 Euro per night).
Some of the more moderate chains also have a hotel in Darmstadt such as Ibis, Etap and Best Western.
Overall my impression is that the majority of hotel owners have not yet realised that many visitors would like to stay in cosy hotels at affordable prices.
Update, January 6, 2013:
A nice hotel opened its doors since recently. It is called B&B Hotel, located close to the main train station. Check what @Catsik48 wrote about their stay in this hotel.
Thanks Phyllis for having written this review!
© Ingrid D., 2006; update Sept. 2013: wording only.
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