When in Frankfurt am Main I stay at Hotel Nizza. Not your usual business hotel. But probably one of the nicest Hotels I have stayed at. It has a strong connection with writers and publishers. The atmosphere of the hotel is such that I can imagine staying here for months, writing my first novel.
It is located in the Bahnhofsviertel, meaning close to the main train station. A very “famous” area of Frankfurt. Famous, for drugs and criminals, but also for being trendy and cool. I just loved it. The Hotel, the area, the people and the light. Frankfurt buoldings have those facades, that reflect light in a very distinct way.
But back to the hotel.
Like my other favorite Hotel Tiquetonne, it is a very old building, renovated and modern. But still old-fashioned in a good way. You may book rooms with or without a toilet, single or twin rooms. The rooms are simple but cozy (in the sense of german gemütlich or danish hygge). No Hotel slippers or exquisite Bathrobes – but an exquisite flair and a feeling of coming home.
Probably the best breakfast I ever had in a hotel (and I have stayed in lots of 5-star hotels) and an excellent Cappuccino. The entrance area may function as a lounge area as well. There is a bar, which was closed due to covid when I visited, and a cute Rooftop Terrace. Where it seems you can be served with drinks when not covid and have an amazing view over Frankfurt. The Roof view reminds me a bit of the Film “Room with a View” with James Stewart.
The staff has the right portion of the expected grumpiness and humor, mixed with very warm and welcoming friendliness. A bit of fresh air after the false and professional friendly service in Italy’s 4 & 5-Star Hotels.