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Room Report: Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport

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Arrival Experience: Located in The Squaire, directly next to sibling Hilton Frankfurt Airport, the value-focused Hilton Garden Inn is an incredible score for travelers at one of Europe's busiest air fields. Until this duo of hotels opened, the Sheraton was the only hotel connected to the airport and charged dearly for the convenience and privilege of staying there. Now that travelers can walk directly from the airport to the Hilton Garden Inn, high rates are a thing of the past. Guests can even purchase day rates here if they want to take a nap or catch a quick shower on longer layovers. It only takes five minutes to get to the front desk from the main terminal via a covered walkway with moving sidewalks, and there is no need to walk outside (important on cold winter days). The staff is friendly and speaks English fluently. They are used to having guests arrive early or simply walk in hoping to make a reservation and do their best to assist everyone swiftly.

Dining: The hotel has its own restaurant, which serves a breakfast buffet beginning at 6am for those with early flights. Light lunch and dinner are also on the menu, but many guests may choose to purchase something from the hotel's pantry offering drinks, snacks, and other munchies. A small bar appeals to tipplers, but guests can also head into the livelier Hilton lobby to enjoy the bar and café menu on offer.

Accommodations: Guest rooms follow the same atrium concept as at the Hilton with half the rooms facing the interior atrium of the shopping and office complex with the rest looking outward. Rooms facing the highway and forest are especially popular as they are along the approach path for the airport's newest runway offering plenty of aviation geek action throughout the day. Planes are seen on approach with an up-close view. Luckily, soundproofing is excellent at this new building, and no exterior sound can be heard. Beds feature Hilton Garden Inn's unique mattress system that allows guests to adjust the firmness to their liking. Piles of pillows complement the duvets, and nightstands feature individual reading lights and alarm clocks. Writing desks boast a row of international power ports, free wireless Internet access, and swiveling chairs. Bright bathrooms have glass shower stalls, makeup mirrors, and Neutrogena toiletries.

Conclusion: A fitness center on the 11th floor is well equipped, and three meeting rooms cater to small groups. Larger functions can share the ballrooms at the Hilton. The regional train station is located below the hotel making this an intermodal hub for transportation. The hotel's position is great for those in between journeys or even those that use it as a base for their work downtown (the subway plies the route between town and the airport multiple times an hour). With free wireless Internet, comfortable beds within short distance from the airport, and value-focused rates, this is the best choice for those on a budget. With Hilton Garden Inn at the helm, this property knows how to take care of weary travelers on the go.

US Airways flies daily between Charlotte and Frankfurt, and in the summer months, double-daily flights are offered.

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