Destination Frankfurt #4

Sofitel Opera: French lifestyle in Frankfurt am Main

How do we understand the great art of hospitality? Attention, beauty, comfort and quality of service are most certainly all part of it. At the Sofitel Frankfurt Opera, AccorHotels have brought a little French ‘savoir vivre’ to Frankfurt.Since October, guests visiting the region around the Main have been enjoying a touch of luxury right next door to the Alte Oper (‘Old Opera’ concert hall) – with 150 rooms and suites, ‘Lili’s’ hotel bar and the ‘Schönemann’ restaurant – both named after Goethe’s great love, Lili Schönemann – with their own patisserie, the ‘So Spa’ and ‘So Fit’ wellness areas and a range of meeting and reception rooms for conferences and events.

Only when every detail is perfect can we talk of ‘haute hôtellerie’. And when the objective is nothing less than perfection, it’s the best idea that triumphs. The interior design of the new Sofitel Frankfurt Opera has been created by Studio Marc Hertrich & Nicolas Adnet, Paris. Nicolas Adnet began his career in the luxury fashion business, where one of his great role-models was Yves Saint Laurent. His work is heavily oriented towards the French tradition. The key features of that tradition are classicism, elegance and a certain degree of freedom and poetry. For the Sofitel Frankfurt Opera, Adnet drew his inspiration from the French ‘hôtel particulier’. For him, it has been all about re-creating and re-enlivening the past and, without slavish imitation, introducing the key characteristics of the ‘hôtel particulier’, such as the chandeliers, the grand spiral staircase, the salons, the mezzanine and the gallery into the Frankfurt of the 21st century. The interior furnishings are a skilful combination of home comfort and a contemporary ambience. Bienvenue à Francfort!

Kerstin Böhning

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