I recently went to Europe, and I used the opportunity to try the Hilton at the Frankfurt Airport. It was stylish, very quiet, and in a very convenient location. Yeah – I think it was totally worth the high(ish) price that I paid for it.

A full review of my 1 night stay at the Frankfurt Airport Hilton

“You mean you flew all the way to Germany and stayed at the airport?!” Darn right I did. Besides, I was only staying one night and I had a very early flight in the morning that I needed to catch. Staying very near to the airport was the most convenient option.

A quick look on the internet revealed the Hilton to be the best choice – at least in terms of visual appearance. The pictures of this place looked really good, and a scary as it may sound, that’s all I need to make a hotel choice.

If the pics look good, I’m in. Normally this works pretty well, but I did get burned with my decision to stay at the Miami Airport Hotel. That was a total letdown. Let’s see how I fared this time…

The location

frankfurt airport hilton location map
The location of the Frankfurt Airport Hilton couldn’t be any more convenient. It’s located adjacent to terminal 1 and you don’t even need to go outside to reach it.

My flight into FRA arrived around noon, and by the time I got out of passport control and customs, it took about 10 minutes to walk to the entrance to the Hilton. The nice thing is that this hotel is located adjacent to terminal 1, which was super convenient considering it was the same one I had just flown into.

I didn’t even have to go outside to reach it. That alone makes it extra convenient in the winter time, but less so in the middle of summer like it was when I was there. Those huge glass and metal walkways may look pretty, but it’s like walking through a greenhouse and I was dripping in sweat by the time I reached the front desk.

Frankfurt Airport Hilton Squaire
The Hilton is located adjacent to terminal 1 in a structure known as “The Squaire” – one of the most impressive structures I’ve seen in a long time!
Frankfurt Airport Hilton mein entrance
Welcome to the Hilton Frankfurt Airport! Such a sight to see for a weary traveler’s eyes (like mine that day).

The lobby

Frankfurt Airport Hilton lobby
Looking back at the doors I just entered through. The check in desk is on the right, a fancy lounge / restaurant to the left.

Thankfully, despite it being a bit early (1pm at this point) they were able to check me in without any issues. That was such a relief. I didn’t feel much like hanging out waiting for my room to be ready, and I definitely didn’t have the energy to go into the city yet.

My first impressions of the Hilton Frankfurt Airport were pretty good. As a matter fact, I was actually quite impressed darn near immediately. This is a fairly new structure, and all the glass and metal in the lobby gave it a very high-end appearance.

I especially liked all the natural light coming in through the windows in the roof, which was pretty much opposite of the dark and dreary Park Plaza Hotel in London I stayed in recently. Natural light is a powerful thing, and it was nice to see them embrace it so fully here.

Frankfurt Airport Hilton elevator
Pretty nice overview of the lobby on the ride up the glass elevator. A wee bit more impressive than what you saw in my Knoxville Hilton Airport review, eh?

Getting to my room

Frankfurt Airport Hilton guest room hallway
After really long flights, these hotel hallways start looking the same…
Frankfurt Airport Hilton room 7170
Room 7170. I’m not even through the front door yet and I already feel like crashing. It’s good to be home.

The room

Frankfurt Airport Hilton room
Opening the door and…ooh, this looks pretty good.
Frankfurt Airport Hilton bed
That bed looks much too tempting. I must try and resist for at least several more hours though.
Frankfurt Airport Hilton room overview
Here’s a wide angle view of what walking into the room is like. I’m just glad they didn’t put the TV in the middle of the room (as you saw in my review of the Munich Airport Hilton), because, well…it’s cozy in here. 
Frankfurt Airport Hilton bed size
That bed though. I swear I heard it calling my name more than once (in a thick German accent of course).
Frankfurt Airport Hilton room details
This is the view looking forward towards the front wall.
Frankfurt Airport Hilton large bed
Damn that bed. You have no idea how badly I wanted to fall face down into that, forget the review entirely, and sleep for days.
Frankfurt Airport Hilton room size
Wide angle shot of the same view, which shows the overall size of the room. Not so big as you can see, but still comfy.
Frankfurt Airport Hilton room entryway
Looking towards the door from deep inside the room.
Frankfurt Airport Hilton room layout
And here’s another wide angle view showing the minibar nook to the left.
Frankfurt Airport Hilton chair
This chair looks really cool, but it was horribly uncomfortable.
Frankfurt Airport Hilton decor and artwork
The right decor can make a small space seem much larger than it really is. I liked the design of this place!
Frankfurt Airport Hilton carpet
Even the zebra-skin pattern on the carpet was cool.
Frankfurt Airport Hilton in room coffee maker
The mini bar and coffee station. The perfect place to empty my pockets after 24 hours of traveling (it’s always amazing what ends up in there).
Frankfurt Airport Hilton minibar
Right below that in the cabinet was a well-stocked mini bar. I’ve always wondered how much money hotels make from these things, but I’m willing to bet it’s quite profitable.
Frankfurt Airport Hilton desk
So nice to see a glass desk in a hotel room for a change!
Frankfurt Airport Hilton room texture and pattern design
Between the zebra-skin floor pattern and the halftone dot pattern on this desk, there was quite a bit of visual stimulation going on in here.
Frankfurt Airport Hilton floor plan
Overall floor plan of the hotel.

I found the room to be quite stylish and very comfortable overall, but for the love of God, I wished they would have turned the air conditioning down just a little bit. Just like what happened during my stay at the Hilton in Terminal 4 at Heathrow Airport, it was frustrating to turn up the thermostat to its highest (hottest) setting, only to feel very little effect of that change coming out of the vents. Maybe it’s a Hyatt thing?

No matter what I set the temperature to be, it continued spewing miserably cold air and I was convinced that it was going to start snowing at one point. At least that gave me the opportunity to try out the complementary bath towels. One was enough to keep me warm that evening, though I actually did consider putting the second one on.

It’s also worth noting that this is a very quiet property. I went to bed at 7 PM due to being overwhelmed by jet leg (and the need to wake up at 4 AM the next morning), and it was dead silent the entire time.

The bathroom

The bathrooms here at the FRA Hilton are nothing short of stunning. For example, the bathrooms in the BOS Hilton are nowhere near as nice – which leads me to believe that not all airport Hiltons suffer the same in this regard.

Frankfurt Airport Hilton bathroom
This kicks the snot out of the bathrooms at the ORD Hilton. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the better airport hotel bathrooms I’ve seen in a while.
Frankfurt Airport Hilton bathroom vanity
Bright, large, and clean. I’m not a fan of the color scheme, but this is still pretty snazzy IMHO.
Frankfurt Airport Hilton toilet and tub
It’s nice that they used glass partitions in here – makes it feel big and open. The tile reminds me of a snake though. Just sayin’.
Frankfurt Airport Hilton shower
There wasn’t a door on this shower, which the American in me found a bit awkward. Showers are a lot less fun when you are worrying about getting the entire bathroom wet!
Frankfurt Airport Hilton bathroom details
Nice little details everywhere in here.
Frankfurt Airport Hilton bathroom sink
I’m not entirely sure if I love or hate that sink though.
Frankfurt Airport Hilton tub
There’s also a full size tub in here. I almost tried it out, but I couldn’t resist the urge to sleep instead.
Frankfurt Airport Hilton bathroom layout
Here’s a wide angle view of the bathroom showing the entirety of the space. For comparisons sake, it’s even better than the bathroom you saw in my Westin Grand Munich review.

The food situation

here is a grocery store located not far from the entrance of the hotel (within The Squaire) that is simply phenomenal. The self-serve salad bar was where I got dinner that evening, and for roughly 7 dollars (US), I had a healthy and huge meal which was highly satisfying.

If salad bars aren’t quite your thing, there are a multitude of other little cafés and restaurants immediately nearby. You won’t have to go far to find food near this hotel, and all of it is reachable without going outside.

Final thoughts

Even though there are several other hotels located adjacent to Frankfurt airport, I wouldn’t be so tempted to try any others after the experience that I had here. The Frankfurt Airport Hilton is very convenient and very comfortable, and I could definitely see myself staying here again without even thinking twice. Two thumbs up from me.

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