Every odd week or so it seems that Frankfurt is crammed with visitors for a congress or fair. Thus, accommodation prices soar as high as EUR 350 per night. As a budget-conscious freelancer I got for above mentioned amount four nights including breakfast at the Mercure Bensheim, with a slightly increased commute of 48 minutes by rail to Frankfurt downtown. Trains operate reliable and depart three times per hour to Frankfurt.
GOOD: Helpful and friendly staff, moderate prices (I was entertaining friends and we had a decent bottle of Merlot plus four Hennessy at the bar, the bill totalled EUR 50 including EUR 7 tip); housekeeping was up to its task. Hot water in the shower at rush hours.
AVERAGE: Outdated furniture, tapestry, dead plants in the public areas
BAD: The ubiquitous TV - flat screen, dolby, LED - failed rendering anything worth to watch due to artefacts and sound echoes. Better Accor renews the cable contract.
ODD: Housekeeping never collected the One-Euro-Coin I placed on the pillow every morning I left the room. I pretty much doubt that the housemaid was member of a religious sect that considers tip as an insult, so what did they want telling me by refusing the globally understandable equivalent to a personal handshake and a "Thank you"? Does a housekeeper in Bensheim earn that much?
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