[dropcap size=big]H[/dropcap]ere are nine cool things Globetrender discovered after a stay at the Goldman hotel in Frankfurt.
The property is part of Germany’s 25 Hours brand, and is also a member of the Design Hotels collection.
It opened in 2006 and is undergoing a revamp of the 49 rooms in the older part of the building, to be complete by the end of August. It has a further 48 in the new wing.
1. FREE USE OF BMW MINIS
Located in Frankfurt’s up-and-coming East district, on the Hanauer Landstrasse that is lined with car dealerships, the Goldman has a long-standing partnership with BMW Mini that means guests can borrow a car to get around in. Vehicles are available on a first come, first served basis. All you have to do is sign an insurance waiver and agree to having an email newsletter sent to you.
2. HOTEL CURATED CONCEPT STORE
Located just off the lobby is an small open-plan concept store selling products from the hotel (all-natural bottles of shower gel and shampoo, pillows that say “Let’s spend the night together), as well as copies of cool magazines such as Monocle, custom-made 25 Hours toys, Lacher wooden chopping boards, Doublemint chewing gum, towels, bed linen, coffee cups and tins of tea.
3. HUMAN STORIES
Co-founder and owner of 25 Hours, Ardi Goldman, came up with the idea of using the true-life stories of remarkable people to inspire the design of every one of the 97 rooms in the hotel. There is a good chance you won’t be familiar with the name painted on your door, but books by your bedside (currently in German-only) tell the story of what they achieved. Alternatively, you can just Google them.
Examples include: Peter Benenson, founder of Amnesty International; Tenzing Norgay, the Nepalese sherpa who made the first successful ascent of Everest with Edmund Hillary; Jakob von Uexküll, founder of the Right Livelihood award for “practical and exemplary solutions to the most urgent challenges facing the world today”; Julia Butterfly Hill, American environmental activist who lived at the top of a California Redwood tree for 738 days; and Harvey Milk, the first openly gay US politician and campaigner for LGBT rights.
4. UNIFORMS BY LEVI’S
25 Hours has a tie-up with the nearby Levi’s HQ (it also has a Levi’s hotel in Frankfurt) meaning it has been able to provide staff with trendy all-denim outfits.
5. FREITAG BAGS TO BORROW
Swiss company Freitag has been “upcycling” used truck tarpaulins to make bags and wallets since 1993, and the Goldman has provided every room with a laptop case or satchel to borrow for the duration of a stay. The ground-floor concept store also has them for sale, but expect to pay about €220 for one.
6. RESTAURANT PICK-UPS
By not being a full-service hotel, the Goldman saves money and can offer lower rates, but guests don’t have to miss out on room service. Just call down with your order from the menu and you can collect your meal from the restaurant to take back upstairs. Wiener schnitzel TV dinner? Yes please.
7. FREE BIKE RENTAL
If you fancy exploring the city on two wheels you can hop on one of the Goldman’s six free bicycles parked outside on the pavement.
8. JOGGING AMENITIES
There is no gym on the premises, so as well as linking a nearby Fitness First (€8 per day), the hotel hands out maps of local running routes. Meanwhile, in reception, you can pick up bottles of water, towels, apples and sweatbands.
9. LIP-SHAPED URINALS
Who said toilets have to be boring? Ardi Goldman confounded his interior designer when he bought these lip-shaped urinals and insisted they were installed. Globetrender thinks it was an excellent shout.