The Vibe: Raw Frankfurt.
The Area: In the heart of Frankfurt’s up-and-coming Gallus district known for its converted warehouses and factories, which is now home to eclectic music venues and theatres. The fair (Messe) and the central train station (Hauptbahnhof) are both a 10-minute walk away.
The DNA: Gekko House is an urban design hotel. On the ground floor, guests are led to the hotel entrance via an intimate passage, where cherry wood panelling meets deep olive furnishings and eye-catching tapestries. In the lobby, guests can shop at The Gekko Späti, where a hand-picked a selection of artisanal drinks and snacks, as well as local souvenirs and gadgets can be bought. At the heart of the hotel is the restaurant and bar “Chicago Williams”, a Berlin-born BBQ concept established in 2012 by Nawid Samawat. A spacious lounge bar leads to the restaurant with an open kitchen serving up German beer and cured meat specialties like baby back ribs and beef brisket alongside soulful dishes like macaroni and cheese. Designed in deep red tones, the interior features a wooden floor with oak tables and copper detailing. For a more intimate experience, diners can be seated next to the black-tiled smoker room where they can watch the chefs work their creative magic in the kitchen. In summer there is the Chicago Beach Rooftop on the eighth floor – a lounge bar with unbeatable views of the city’s skyline.
Suite-Me-Up: Guest rooms juxtapose exposed concrete walls with wooden flooring, hand-blown statement glass lighting fixtures, olive green furniture and lavish velvet seating. Each room offers floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning skyline views across Germany’s only skyscraper city. Room facilities include a Marshall Music Box, a Nespresso machine and a Gekko House curated city guide.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 128 rooms (19-37m2) (205-398 sq ft) • hotel opened: January 2020 • architecture: Scharnberger Architekten und Ingenieure • interior design: Morgen Interiors • bathroom amenities: Grown Alchemist • street parking • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk