Mercure Hotel Hauptbahnhof/Messe
A Change of Scenery
In this adventure
- Well, 2020 is turning out to be a fine year for travel…
- Travel preparations
- Off to Birmingham Airport
- LH959 Birmingham to Frankfurt-am-Main International
- Entering Germany
- Frankfurt Airport XXL Tour
- Into Frankfurt
- Hotel: Mercure Hotel City Messe, Frankfurt
- Exploring Frankfurt in these odd times
- Back to FRA
- LH954 Frankfurt to Birmingham
- Welcome back to the UK
- A welcome change
Hotel: Mercure Frankfurt City/Messe
Rate paid: €56.15. 128 Accor ALL Points earned, 128 Status points earned.
I headed into the hotel and presented myself. It was confirmed that I had a reservation, and was welcomed indoors.
My card was swiped for the value of the stay (which was near enough a Best Available Rate – I had booked less than 24 hours before due to me holding out if HM Government would allow me to travel… or not.
I was also informed where breakfast was (as I had purchased it in my rate) and was issued a single keycard. They were rather resistant to give me a second keycard – such is life.
I headed up to my room on the first floor – not expecting much. Of course, this hotel had a traditional small elevator that can give you a nightmare if you have claustrophobia.
Turning for the room, I found it.
What was inside?
Now, a minor point at this point – the bed was made up when I got there – I, however, wasn’t that interested in taking photos when I arrived in the room. I was more interested in having a comfort break, allegedly typing before being out cold for three hours plus.
Yes, welcome to my awful sleeping pattern, where my body goes “Sleep is a Good Idea. Sleep when you find a flat surface”.
With me rested and recovered, I took some shots of the room
TV and chair, as well as the Frankfurt skyline.
Air conditioning was the usual affair… in other words, the asthmatic ant was working overtime again.
The bathroom was… small to put it bluntly, with a shower, toilet and basin. Not brilliant, but adequate.
Please ignore the person in the mirror.
The bed itself was pretty reasonable, allowing me to rest comfortably on it and not feel like I’m sinking into a badly made marshmallow.
Power outlets were reasonable, with three within easy reach – one with a USB outlet on it too – good for charging batteries (well, it seemed to charge anything else very slowly). It would have been nice to seem a multi-connector socket, but one step at a time.
I relied (kind of) on the posh power adaptor I brought. That’s another annoying subject for another day.
This adaptor is annoying. More on it elsewhere.
As for the view… well, I had the trams for friends.
Waking up to the news. It’s probably the most I’ve watched any BBC Programming this year (I’ve had my TV at home off most of the time this year).
Wi-Fi was passable compared to my normal Accor properties I stay at – wasn’t brilliant, but it was ok enough for an HD stream over YouTube.
Breakfast the next morning was downstairs, behind the reception area. This was a buffet help-your-self style thing.
Whilst I went down around 8:45 local time, there were exactly zero other people around the buffet – which was largely untouched,
It seems that people staying in hotels is a thing that is eluding some hotels at the moment – as well as tempting them to breakfast.
The buffet was made up of cold cuts, some hot items, as well as bread and eggs.
Slightly better than the Ibis budget.
It was a reasonable spread to get me going for the morning – least of all I would be heading home after breakfast, so a little energy to keep me going was a welcome thing to put it badly, The breakfast wasn’t of the highest quality – then again, I struggle to find any buffet breakfast to be of high quality – but it was plentiful and filling.
With breakfast done and my items collected from the room, and checked out.
Upon handing my door key back, it was confirmed there were no further charges to the room.
With that, I headed out of the hotel.
Not a bad experience at all at the Mecure Frankfurt Messe (considering it was booked the day before travel). The hotel offered a reasonable experience, even though the air condition was a little limited and the abruptness of the front end staff when asking for a second key.
It was interesting to see a buffet in these COVID-19 times – but there must be some confidence in their measures to deliver a safe experience.
For €56, not bad at all.
Next: Exploring Frankfurt in the Evening (or after a doze)
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