The first challenge is locating this property. The Sheraton is directly linked to Terminal 1 at Frankfurt Airport, whereas the Hilton (and the Hilton Garden Inn) are a good 10-15 minutes walk from the terminal. I got lost when I stayed there last week, so am providing this handy visual guide.
First, locate the big departure board in the public area of Terminal 1. It is one of the great features of Frankfurt and instantly known by everyone who works there.
If you stand in front of the departures board, facing it – and look to your right you will see a set of escalators.
You need to go up these escalators and once at the top take a sharp right over the pedestrian bridge. When you have crossed the road, turn right at the far end.
Take a left at the end of the walk way and take the long corridor towards the Long Distance trains.
Once you get in to the rail station (the platforms are on a lower level), turn right and look to the The Squaire East entrance.
Walk in to the shopping centre towards a set of escalators at the back of the area. Halfway up the escalators you will see your goal, the Hilton Frankfurt Airport.
As you enter the automatic doors you immediately get an idea of the huge atrium which dominates the property. Rooms overlook the lobby or have views of outside.
After a quick check-in I was directed to the suite I had been given as an upgrade on the 9th floor. The executive lounge is on the 10th floor.
The suite had a short corridor leading to the living room and adjacent desk/working area.
A couple of bottles of water had been supplied with some sweets. There is a Nespresso machine provided too.
Past the desk and you find the bedroom and adjacent bathroom.
The bed was comfortable and I had an excellent nights sleep until my dreams were broken by the alarm clock. Unfortunately I had a flight from Terminal 2 at 0720 so had to get up early to check-in. Terminal 2 is probably 20-25 minutes away with a lot of walking and catching the airport train required.
The lounge offers evening drinks and snacks from 6pm and is a super space – bright and airy, with lots of places to sit and interesting features. Whilst it was busy there was plenty of wine, beer and soft drinks provided. Hot (white sausage and deep fried mushrooms) and cold (cheeses, meats) items were offered.
You need your key to access the area. I wasn’t able to get there for breakfast.
Checking out in the morning, I was one of a small group of early morning travellers heading out for flights from Frankfurt. The lights above reception, which look like Christmas ornaments hanging from the roof.
The image at the top of the post on the right below is of the wall which is the entrance to the meeting rooms. It is silver and reflects the lights in interesting ways.
I cannot sing the praises of the hotel enough – a great nights sleep, a super club and a great upgrade. Pretty much all I ask.