by Ron Bernthal
Arriving from Frankfurt by train, I made sure to get off at the station marked Mainz Sud/Mainz-Romisches Theater rather than the larger Mainz Central Station. Carrying a laptop case and a roller bag it was a pleasant five-minute walk from Mainz Sud to the Hyatt, which sits on the west bank of the Rhine River, just south of center city Mainz.
I was in the city for a trade show and the Hyatt was a convenient location, a short walk from the Congress Centre Mainz, also known as the “Rheingoldhalle,” and the hotel’s prime site on Malakoff-Terrasse offered easy access to several water-front cafes that were right outside the front door of the property.
When I entered the lobby for the first time I was struck by how spacious it was, with a expansive black-slate floor, the open-kitchen at Bellpepper restaurant overlooking the river, and a large front desk, staffed by friendly and efficient young men and women. The hotel was constructed on the site of the 19th-century Fort Malakoff, and parts of the historic fort were preserved and incorporated into the hotel’s architecture, including an entire brick wall that is now part of the lobby.
My room in the back of the hotel faced a small office building (river-front rooms have much better views), but the smooth, blonde-wood furnishings, chrome and leather reading chair and ottoman, and Sony 25-inch flat-screen TV gave the room a comfortable and modern feel. The bathroom had a large, glass shower stall and a heated towel rack for the super-sized bath towels. The Rhine view rooms have open, glass-walled bathrooms, Asian-style baths, and a separate rain shower, and the more expensive, 6th floor Regency Club rooms offer free continental breakfast and evening snacks in a private lounge. The charge for in-room internet access was 18 Euros (about $23) per day, and the two free internet computers the hotel offered were located in two tiny rooms located near the front desk off the lobby. Both rooms were poorly ventilated.
The property’s fitness area, called Club Olympus, offers an indoor lap pool, sauna, and steam room. Treatment rooms provide massage and cosmetic services. The hotel has numerous meeting rooms, a large ballroom, and a private “Hofgarten” (summer beer garden), part of the Malakoff Bar.
Mainz is a popular destination for both business and leisure travelers. The 2,000 year-old city, the birthplace of Johannes Gutenberg, the printing press inventor, has numerous 15th and 16th-century buildings, and is a good base for wine touring and Rhine River cruises. Its close proximity to Frankfurt, about 30 minutes by car or train, means that the Hyatt Regency Mainz fills up during German trade shows in both Frankfurt and Mainz.
Hyatt Regency Mainz-
55116 Mainz, Germany
Phone: 49.6131.731 234
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