It’s Always Party Time at the Frankfurter Hof

In Frankfurt Tips by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson

This tip is for the newbies because if you’ve been to the Fair at least once, you know all about the Frankfurter Hof. It’s THE place to grab a drink before dinner, before a party, after dinner, and after all the other parties are over.

Officially called the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof, this grand, old hotel is located right in city center. It is about 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) from the fairgrounds. The quickest way to get there is to take the U4 one stop from Festhalle/Messe to Willy-Brandt-Platz (see our tips for using public transportation).

If you are a real party animal, you might want to consider staying at the Frankfurter Hof. Rooms during the Fair start at an average of 350 euros a night if you stay for an entire week.

The crowd overflows from the bar and lounge area onto the terrace outside and into the lobby. From the time the Fair ends each day to well into the early morning, fair-goers are packed into the Frankfurter Hof to mix, mingle, and enjoy glasses of champagne for 15 euros each (this are last year’s price).

Out on the terrace, smokers gather underneath the heat lamps. You might be surprised to see some of your “non-smoker” friends taking a drag or two out there. Temptation is rampant at the Frankfurter Hof, especially if you make friends with someone who has a nice expense account!

If you are looking to make some new friends in publishing or want a lively atmosphere after a hard day of meetings, “the Hof” is always the place to be.

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About the Author

Hannah Johnson


Hannah Johnson is the publisher of international book industry magazine Publishing Perspectives, which provides daily information and news about book markets around the world. In addition to building partnerships with international cultural and trade organizations, she works with the Frankfurt Book Fair to organize and support a number of its overseas initiatives. Hannah has also worked as the managing editor for an online media company, The Hooch Life, focused on craft distillers and cocktail experts. Prior to that, she worked as a project manager for the Frankfurt Book Fair’s New York office, managing various business and marketing activities.