I stayed at Le Meridien Park...
I stayed at Le Meridien Park Hotel****+. I recommend the older 'Historic wing' of the hotel as opposed to the 'new wing' which is mainly geared up for business travellers.
The rates are reasonable and staff friendly especially in the Hotels very own Casablanca bar where we spent many a happy hour. Le Meridien Park is an ideal base on which to explore the city and is only a five minute walk from the Central Station.
Lobster for Breakfast
Le Parc won the Gastro Award 2004 for the best brunch in Frankfurt. The restaurant is airy and friendly. If you look for the more traditional breakfast dishes, this isn't your place, there are no scrambled eggs and bacon or similar dishes, only some rolls, marmalades, cold cuts and cereal.
There are several cold fish dishes and those that I tried were all very good. You'll also find a cheese platter and a small selection for making a mixed salad.
The warm dishes on that day were fish with caviar sauce, goose, deer and some typical German sides. What I didn't like there was that there was only one serving spoon for rice, noodles and dumplings. There was still rice sticking to the spoon and then it mixed with my noodles. That's not appropriate for a good brunching place. The noodles also were cold and not good. However, the rest of the food was good, I tried the warm fish and it was tender.
The desserts were heaven, we had samples of a cinnamon mousse, a fruit mousse, a nut cake and a chocolaty cake. All were absolutely great. So all in all, there was a nice selection of food, most of it well done and nicely presented. What I didn't like at all was that one of the cooks ran around behaving like a club animator, praising the food loudly and giving the impression as if he was selling something in a bazaar.
The musician was another weak point. He was good in the beginning, but later got louder and louder and then started to sing loudly (and not very well). Those are little touches that don't spoil the experience but are things I don't want in a good hotel during a nice brunch.
So all in all I would say that it was quite nice, reasonably priced (you get free champagne, tee and coffee refills, there also was a good selection of freshly squeezed fruit juices), but could have used a touch of more class. Also, I wouldn't say that it necessarily was the best brunch I ever had in Frankfurt. Lobster salad - served in lobster halves and absolutely delicious - the meat juicy and tender, the dressing very tasty
Cinnamon mousse - good cinnamon flavour, very creamy
A gem of a hotel near the train station
The Le Meridien Park Hotel is one of those lovely hotels that still remember the words SERVICE!
While it is actually 2 hotels in one...the older traditional half, and the new and ultra modern half, the two are blended well. We used Frankfurt as a hub for an 8 day visit to this are of Germany. the Frankfurt train station has 100's of trains a day, and connections to many cities.
Proximity to the train station was critical, as we used a rail pass on 5 of the 8 days to explore cities within 1-2 hours away. The Le Meridien Park Hotel was perfect!
Many times, train station hotels are a bit seedy or rundown. Not Le Meridien Park Hotel!!! CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN!
This is also an excellent business hotel with good internet facilities, good business rooms and meeting suites.
Breakfast was a bit expensive 21Euros pp for the buffet, but an ala carte breakfast was also available, but we were not told this until we asked. Many pacakges appeared to have breakfast included, but ours did not, so we poped across the street, and had our breakfast in the train station before boarding.
The concierge, Eva Seboek, was wonderful in arranging to have flowers in our room, and assisting us with any other things we needed. She is a delight!!!
You can reach her to assist with airport transfers, meal reservations, meeting rooms and much more...by e-mail at Eva.Seboek@lemeridien.com
Tell her that the Bergers sent you!
Myself and two friends just returned from a 2 day break in Frankfurt, during which we stayed at Le Meridien Park Hotel. The hotel was beautiful and ideally located. The room was lovely, big and bright, when we walked in with 2 single beds and a sofa/coffee table seating area. We booked a triple room but they advised us at reception that they would be along shortly to put a third bed in. Turned out that they opened out a sofa bed which made the room really small and took the whole luxurious feel away, and resulted in us climbing over or moving excess furniture for the duration. Apart from that the room was spotless and well equipped and the power shower was amazing. We did have a problem with the cleaner walking in on us before 9 on the Sunday morning and waking us all which we found a bit unnecessary. The breakfast was included in our deal and it was one of the best buffets I have ever seen. Really good choice of cold foods, sausage, bacon and boiled egg the only hot food choices, and having to queue while eggs were individually cooked per person was ridiculously time wasting. The one thing I had a big problem with was the fact that we were charged for parking our car in the hotel carpark. We had rented a car to save us some money and ended up being charged €20 per day to park the car in the hotel. It's the first time we've ever had to pay for parking in any hotel, any where, and it really felt like we were ripped off. Apart from that our overall experience was very good in this hotel with pleasant helpful staff and lovely environment, and I would gladly recommend it. Just leave the car at home!
Typical Le Meridien high standards
If you have stayed in a Le Meridien hotel before then you will know the high standards of service you'll receive. This hotel was very good in all respects; an excellent buffet breakfast started the day. The rooms were spotless and the service of a high standard. We were made to feel very welcome.The restaurant looked good at night but we eat out during our three night stay.
The area around the station, like all such areas, can be a bit of dive but, armed with confidence and a bit of street cred, it is not a problem.
The handy 'Frankfurt in your Pocket' guide provided by the Hotel was most helpful; highly recommended is the Zwolf Aspostel Restaurant in Rosenbergstrasse - easy to get to on the tube. We also went over the over the river two nights running to the jolly apple wine taverns; again easy to get to on the tube to Lokalbanhof or Frankfurt Sud and walk. We walked back to the hotel at about 1030pm; excellent views of the illuminated skyline and felt perfectly safe into the bargain.
Dead easy excursions on the train for us were Mainz and Weisbaden (Mainz preferred) and the lovely little town of Marburg and the Aldstadt there. DBahn web site very good for journey planning click on'International Guests' and you can't go wrong. As regards the public transport system don't forget the Partner ticket valid for 5 adults/2 kids but if there are two of you you don't need to get two tickets for the day/out of town journeys; get the main ticket you want and then use the machine for a supplement ticket which is a cheaper way of doing it. You can change the language on the machine so again, all very easy to work out.
Excellent Hotel in Frankfurt
I stayed for 5 days at Le Meridien in Frankfutrt for business. The hotel is very convient to the Main train station and the hotel itself was a very pleasant and modern place to stay. I used the hotel as a base; I took the train to nearby cities or to the Frankfurt airport daily. I had no serious problems.
Very nice hotel - stayed overnight for stopover
Very nice hotel. We stayed there for one night for a stopover so it was really short but the decor was very nice. The new renovations and plasma TV were quite modern and enjoyable. Didn't realize how close the hotel was to the main train station. We arrived and left by taxi but from being in Frankfurt before, means that it's a great location. Staff were friendly and the stay was quite enjoyable. Would stay there again if returning to Frankfurt.
Car Rental Question
I'll be staying in Frankfurt next week and I need to rent a car for a day or two. Ideally, I'd like to pick it up near my hotel (Le Meridien Park Hotel) and drop it off the following day at the airport (MUC). Does anyone have any recommendations of rental agencies with in city pickups?
Thanks in advance for your help.
RE: Car Rental Question
i used to rent cars from SIXT, wich had always good prices. I dont think they arrange pic ups, but they have several offices in frankfurt, one close to the central train stadion, and one at the airport.