Review: Novotel Mainz, Germany

While we were connecting through Frankfurt Germany, we stopped over in Mainz for a quick 22 hour stopover. This was to experience a little German culture, in addition to enjoying a short stopover in one of the more charming cities around Frankfurt airport.

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Review: Novotel Mainz, Mainz, Germany

Booking and Getting to the Hotel:

I had been wanting to visit Mainz on a 24hr stopover since I was less than inspired by my Frankfurt City visit the last time I was through this part of the world. Our ticket afforded us 22 hours in Germany, so we had decided on Mainz as our destination. As you will see, Mainz is a lovely stopover with very few international tourists and conveniently close to Frankfurt Airport. 

We took the S8 train to Mainz HBF. In the mid afternoon, the S8 train arrives every 30 minutes and is a 30 minute ride with several stops on the way. After a 3:15 PM arrival at FRA, I was in my hotel room and showered within 90 minutes. 

It was an easy train from FRA to Mainz

The hotel itself is located in a residential part of Mainz that is a short walk to the Alstat downtown area.

We stayed at the Novotel Mainz on a 59€ advance purchase rate. This was booked directly on the Novotel website. It was a three star affair. It was a great rate, but the hotel was a little past it’s prime.

Novotel Mainz, Germany

It was certainly not the worst looking building but it had certainly aged since it was initially constructed.

The Room: A King Room

On arrival to the room, there was a musty antiseptic cleaning type odor that greeted us. There were soap stains on the shower screen and the carpeting had some wear. With only one night’s stay, to us it was not worth complaining about to the management (Hey – we had a town to see!), but nothing to inspire us to stay here again. The other offerings in town (Hyatt and a Hilton) were in the 100€ range, so we were being economical. 

King Room, Novotel Mainz

There were some good things and bad things about our stay at this particular property. While we paid for a very economical rate, we also got what we paid for.

The good things were that we received a terrific rate for a hotel in Europe. The room was as promised, and in a quiet area of Mainz. It was a very short 10 minute walk down some stairs to the Alstat (center of town)

On the bad side, the hotel was showing some signs of wear. We had some light carpets, along with some dark water mark stains.  The place didn’t have a terrific feel to it. The lobby seemed to be in a bit of disarray and the staff seemed a bit ambivalent. These were the sorts of things that separate a good place from just an average one. 


It was value for money received but we’d likely try somewhere else next time.  This was the least favourite hotel on our entire RTW trip, which says quite a bit given we were through some less richly endowed economies of the world.  

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