I stayed at Villa Kennedy for the first time about 3 weeks ago & managed to get a good online deal for the week before Easter, so decided to stay again as it is convenient for the office.
As others have said, finding the reception, when coming from the underground car park, is difficult & exhausting with heavy luggage. On my second visit there was actually a doorman, but I declined his offer to park my car, having already had experience of the narrow spaces!
The welcome at reception was friendly on both occasions, but there was too much information on offer the first time & not enough the second time.
My first room overlooked the main entrance area, whilst there was some traffic noise, the worst experience was being woken every morning at around 04:00 by taxis waiting outside the entrance with their engines running. Not an issue if they are picking up fares, but they weren't.
The layout of the hotel is dreadful, especially when you consider most of it was purpose-built. As others have said, you are sent on a hike to your room, if you choose to use the lifts. Room numbering defies any kind of logic and signs were few and far between.
On my second visit I was "upgraded" to a courtyard room. It is marginally quieter than the room I had when I first stayed, but you are disturbed by the lights shining in all night from the corridors opposite.
Now for the rooms. Oh dear. Even overlooking matters of taste, these were not well designed or thought out. I doubt if most people would arrange their personal space so that it is impossible to open the drawers in the bedroom, when the wardrobe door is open or, for that matter, to have to play card shuffling with the bathroom door and the shower door.
The seating and desk areas reminded me of a student hall of residence in the late 1970s and there are not enough power points in the right places, especially if you have a coffee machine in the room, taking up space and an accessible power point!
The beds are also very uncomfortable with horrible bedclothes and not well made. Also the duvet covers are far too big for the thin duvets, tucking them in at the end of the bed may try to disguise that fact, but surely defeats the object of having a duvet?
The wardrobe unit in the bedroom is poorly designed and looks cheap, as do the reading lights over the bed and the desk light. Again, think student accommodation.
The bathroom was functional, but not luxurious by any stretch of the imagination and, for the space available, could have been configured in a much more ergonomical way, so that 2 washhand basins would have fitted easily - there is only 1.
I did eat in Gusto a couple of times and was totally underwhelmed. There are more than enough excellent restaurants within walking distance, so spare yourself bland, overpriced food, averagely cooked. I have not yet sampled breakfast, but the one morning I thought of trying it, I was put off by the nauseatingly sweet & synthetic smell coming from the buffet.
As others have mentioned, parking @ €27 per day - which is deemed to be 6 hours - is outrageous. Internet access is now free, but the wifi connection this visit has not been reliable.
It would have been nice, as an English native speaker, to have been told that BBC 1 & 2 were available in the room. I only discovered on the last night of my first stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Kennedy, a Rocco Forte Hotel, is located on Kennedyallee, just off the south bank of the River Main. The luxury hotel is built around the existing Villa Speyer, which was constructed in 1901 and today provides a unique retreat from the bustle of the financial metropolis. The hotel has 163 bedrooms, including 36 suites, and also comprises Villa Kennedy's colonnaded Italian restaurant Gusto, the JFK bar as well as the 1000 sqm spa area. Business clients can benefit from seven meeting rooms, five of which inter-connect, for groups of 6 to 45 people. There is also a 330-sqm ballroom with its own entrance and a grand lobby. The ballroom can accommodate up to 330 persons and can be divided into two rooms. Two historical rooms provide the perfect venue for special occasions. All rooms have natural daylight and are equipped with the latest technology. Private parking is also available on site. Close to the hotel is Frankfurt's residential area, Sachsenhausen, with its bustling bars and restaurants. Furthermore Frankfurt's many museums are easily accessible. The Villa Kennedy is just a few minutes from Frankfurt's main train station and approximately 15 minutes from Frankfurt Airport. ... more less
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