InterContinental Frankfurt is a 21-storey hotel on the western bank of the Main river. The hotel high-rise was designed by the architects ABB Apel, Beckert and Becker. The Hotel InterContinental Frankfurt was built between 1959 and 1963. Since its construction, the building has been extensively renovated several times, most recently in 2018. The Hotel InterContinental is the second largest hotel in Frankfurt in terms of capacity and the fifth largest in Germany.
InterContinental Frankfurt is an elongated, rectangular structure and houses 470 rooms. The building has a simple design, typical for the construction period. Only a horizontal structure is achieved by changing the surrounding ribbon windows and cladding the parapets with a very dark natural stone. Since the natural stone has darkened and soiled due to the weather towards the south, the building often looks falsely like exposed concrete from a distance. On the sides, low, low-rise buildings connect to the north and south. The northern part houses the main entrance on Wilhelm-Leuschner-Strasse, which was changed in the 1980s by a porch; the southern part has a restaurant with a roof terrace.
Only the 22nd floor (21. OG) of the hotel tower has a more extensive design than the regular high-rise floors, has a few window cuts and a long opening for the terrace of the rooftop restaurant. On the narrow sides in the east and west there are stairwells, of which the more prominent western one stands free and is connected to the main building via open walkways. On the flat roof end there is a technical floor, which is slightly recessed compared to the floor plan.
The foundation stone for the InterContinental Frankfurt was laid on June 8, 1961, the official opening after almost exactly two years of construction on June 6, 1963. The construction costs for the project amounted to around 40 million marks.
At the inauguration, it was not only the largest hotel in Germany in terms of rooms, but also one of the tallest buildings in the city. Notable features at the time were a. the availability of a bathroom with toilet and a TV in each room. In addition, several bars, restaurants, four banquet halls, a ballroom, a cocktail lounge and a hairdresser were available to guests.
In 1972, an 18-storey extension was built for the hotel directly opposite the InterContinental Frankfurt. Since then, the original building of the InterContinental Frankfurt has been known as the “River Wing”, the extension in the north as the “City Wing” (today Scandic Frankfurt Museumsufer). Both buildings are connected to one another via a tunnel that has now been closed.
In 1998 the original Hotel InterContinental Frankfurt was refurbished for around 90 million marks, and in 2004 another for around 13.3 million marks. In 2006, both buildings were transferred to Morgan Stanley Real Estate, with the InterContinental Hotels Group promising continued operation under a 50-year management contract.
As early as March 2009 it became known that a renewed renovation was to take place, in the course of which new staircases in particular were built on the side of the high-rise tower. In the meantime, planning with visualization by the Schneider + Schumacher office had also become public, but was not implemented.
At the beginning of 2011, the previous owner sold the building to the Lebanese investor Toufic Aboukhater for around 60 million euros. Around a year later, the new owner separated from the City Wing with effect from March 1, 2012. The proceeds from the sale will be used to renovate the River Wing so that the hotel can catch up with the top properties in the city with new conference and congress rooms.
Status September 2021: Two residential buildings are to be built next to the hotel complex, thereby closing the edges of the whole block. Further details on these construction projects are currently not available. A project-related local development plan has already been drawn up by the City of Frankfurt, but this has not yet been approved by the city council.
Status August 2020: Due to the corona pandemic, the InterContinental Frankfurt is completely closed to guests.