Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt, Germany – Review

By Eva Leonard on 16 May 2012
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Headed to Frankfurt on business? How would you like to stay downtown, at a historic neo-Gothic former villa, filled with more than 700 pieces of art, only a fifteen-minute drive from Frankfurt Airport, and just a few minutes from the main train station?

Rocco Forte’s Villa Kennedy, which opened March 1, 2006, is just that sort of hotel, although “hotel” seems a misnomer, as this property feels and appears more palatial than inn-like, and is the furthest thing from a cookie-cutter chain accommodation.

Originally constructed in 1904 as Villa Speyer, the residence of a prominent Frankfurt banking family, three additional wings have been added to the villa since ground was first broken more than a century ago. The property also served as the Max Planck Institut, dedicated to the study of biophysics, in the latter part of the 20th century. (Villa Kennedy was named after its address on Kennedyallee, which in turn was named after President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 visit to Frankfurt.)


What I appreciated most about my Deluxe Garden View King room was that its French doors opened onto the terrace overlooking the impressive inner courtyard and gardens, making the 376-square-foot (35-square-meter) room feel spacious, airy, and open.

Villa Kennedy has made a considerable investment- to the tune of $500,000 – in the primarily modern art that decks its halls and rooms, providing contemporary splashes of color and form against a neutral backdrop. A complementary luxurious minimalism informs its design aesthetic, with rich fabrics and materials, and streamlined, yet comfortable furnishings.

The room featured a king-size bed flanked by nightstands, a roomy closet, flat-screen TVs, a living area with a coffee table, an armchair, and an L-shaped sofa.

The marble and mosaic bathroom featured heated floors, and separate tub and shower.

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