A group of historic villas in Frankfurt’s Bahnhofsviertel district has been given a new life as a boutique hotel that combines original features with midcentury-inspired furnishings.
Althoff Hotels transformed the buildings, which date from Germany’s Wilhelmine Period (1890-1918), into a 133-room hotel located within walking distance of the city’s popular museum embankment.
The Ameron Frankfurt Neckarvillen Boutique is the group’s first boutique hotel and aims to appeal to guests looking for a cosy and characterful room in a convenient city-centre location.
Italian architect Luigi Fragola oversaw the restoration and refurbishment of the buildings, which had previously been used as offices. Wherever possible, his studio preserved the original spaces and worked with small manufacturers to introduce premium details such as the herringbone-patterned marble tiles in the bathrooms.
A sensual material palette of dark mahogany, brass, velvet and leather complements the formal character of the existing architecture, while fifties-inspired furniture and lighting add to the glamorous aesthetic.
The blending of tradition and modernity continues in the ground floor restaurant, Le Petit Royal Frankfurt, where custom-upholstered furniture and midcentury glass lamps contribute to the relaxed ambience.
Artworks throughout the hotel were selected by curator Celena Ohmer to complement its interior design and location. These include a site-specific mirror installation by German-French artist Roland Burkart and a large-scale work in the restaurant by glass artist Paul Hance.
Neckarstraße 7-13, 60329 Frankfurt am Main, Germany