I) HONEST Cancellation policy
While more and more hotels are adopting an advance cancellation policy of one or even more days before the arrival date, Ibis hotels still maintain an HONEST cancellation policy of 6 or even 7 pm of the arrival date when you guarantee your room with a credit card.
Better yet, they are among the very few hotels left which accept the old "6 pm courtesy hold" policy without even asking for your credit card!
This summer 2013, I had about twenty reservations between Madrid, Paris, Vienna, Buenos Aires and now Frankfurt, all of them on a "6 pm courtesy hold" without giving my credit card, not even once, between May and August 2013. And I still have two more for Germany and one for Buenos Aires; all of them, on a "6 pm (or 7 pm for most of them) courtesy hold" without giving my credit card number.
Naturally, I had the courtesy of canceling some reservations in Madrid a few days before the scheduled arrival date, because I preferred to stay at the four star Florida Norte, which was a far better value.
But now, more and more hotels are not only asking for your credit card information; worse yet, they are also adopting an advance cancellation policy of one or even several days prior to the arrival date or you lose your money!
They get away with it because people accept it. Until the day their flight is cancelled at the very last minute, they lose their money and learn the hard way that they should never accept this lion to monkey deal!
A few years ago, while I was checking in at a hotel in San Luis Obispo (California), I witnessed a phone conversation between the hotel manager and an unfortunate passenger to whom this had just happened, and I heard the manager say that it was not the hotel's fault and that he couldn't do anything about it!
This explains my preference for IBIS hotels and their outstanding policy of "6 pm courtesy hold". Again, most Ibis locations will hold your room without a credit card, not until 6 pm but until 7 pm in many locations. As we say in France: "Qui dit mieux"?
II) QUEEN BED, AC and RIVER FRONT, RIGHT DOWNTOWN for only 59 €
In fact, 59 € was the counter rate when I arrived, but I only paid 49 € because, as usual, I made my reservations longtime ahead via the Internet. This is easy for me because I have the misfortune of being a professor, working almost for free, but knowing longtime in advance the dates of my four months vacations without pay...
However, even at 59 Euros, this is an OUTSTANDING VALUE, considering that, since I discovered this city in 1990 thanks to my beloved Pan Am, I have seen many hotels in the area charging more than that for an army bed in a closet without AC!!! And I'm not talking of 1990; I still saw this kind of room in several hotels in August 2013!
The "superior" room that I had last year at the Best Western Scala (which now sells for 30% more than the price of this Ibis one) was smaller than this one, didn't have such a wide open view over the river, and was noisier than the room I currently have here. You may want to read my review about it, posted in June 2012. This year, they are charging almost $100 for an even smaller room without AC!
As always with IBIS, there is NO SURPRISE, good or bad.
Same queen bed (in many French locations they only have a double bed), same small 20 inch LCD TV, same two towels (never one, never three...), same green wood chair without padding, same large wood shelf serving as a desk. The only difference is that, in here, it is by the wall (as it was at the Paris Brancion location) instead of being under the window as in most locations where I have been.
Between the bed and the desk, there are two AC outlets, very handy to recharge your laptops, tablets, etc. BUT REMEMBER that in Europe, like in South America, they have 220 VOLTS instead of 110 back home!
It would be a euphemism to say that the bathroom is small... In fact it is as tiny as the BW Scala one, which room currently sells for 30% more as I said! However, it has its own small window, which is always convenient in order to ventilate the bathroom.
The AC is over the door, as in many locations like Lima (Peru), for which I posted a review in May 2012, and has a wall selector with three fan speeds and a manual temperature selector which is very efficient.
There is also a telephone and a hair dryer, two features that you won't find at the cheaper Ibis Budget where I spent a short week in May 2012 and again in June-July 2013 at the Vienna (Austria) location.
But that's about all for the comfort.
NO club chair (but I saw a "superior" room yesterday at the Clarion Hotel and it didn't have a club chair either at twice this rate!) NO "mini bar" like in the more expensive Best Western or Clarion hotels and, naturally, NO microwave, NO iron and NO ironing board, which you will find in most BW and Choice hotels in the US at half this rate. But this is Europe, where rooms are smaller, less comfortable and more expensive...
Last but not least, my room (532 on the fifth floor out of seven) where I spent a short week in July-August 2013 has a wide open view over the river, but there are also rooms on the back.
III) EXCELLENT LOCATION
Although this Ibis is NOT as close from the main train station as the Ibis Styles (which is only two blocks instead of four, but which also costs twice as much...) it is still very close and you can easily walk the 400 meters more or less from the Hauptbahnhof. Unless you travel with 200 pounds of luggage, in which case you would probably be using a limousine and going to a Sofitel, like the other guy...
As you exit the main train station coming from the airport, turn right and walk about four blocks towards the river. Then, turn right before the bridge and you will see this Ibis about fifty yards on your right hand side.
If you bought a day pass at the airport (8.30 € for one day or 23.80 € for seven days, including the airport surplus a/o July 29, 2013) you may take trams 16 or 21 right in front of the main station for one stop and get off at the BASELER PLATZ stop (the very first one), then walk a couple of blocks to the river and turn right.
At the same Baseler Platz stop, you may also take tram number 12 in the opposite direction, which will take you to the zoo and also to the old town, a few blocks from the main pedestrian street running from the Hauptwache to the Konstablerwache subway stations.
IN SHORT, this IBIS FRANKFURT CENTRUM is currently, in my opinion, an EXCELLENT VALUE FOR MONEY in this rather expensive city, mainly for eating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Location is everything: The ibis Frankfurt Centrum is within walking distance of Frankfurt main train station and a few steps from the Main promenade. The financial district, old town with the Römer town hall and the museums along the river Main are all just a short walk away. After a busy day, relax in a brand new high-tech bed and enjoy a unique level of sleeping comfort. The ibis Frankfurt Centrum has 233 air-conditioned rooms, and was completely renovated in 2010. ... more less
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