Luigi Fragola fuses Art Deco aesthetics with contemporary approach at Neckarvillen Boutique Hotel in Frankfurt
Neckarvillen Boutique is the first boutique hotel in the AMERON portfolio. Located in a historic ensemble of buildings in Frankfurt’s Bahnhofsviertel, Luigi Fragola Architects restored and transformed four former business villas from the Wilhelminian period into the new AMERON Frankfurt Neckarvillen Boutique.
“The Frankfurt establishment is the first boutique hotel in the AMERON portfolio. Belonging to Althoff Hotels, under the management of founder Thomas H. Althoff, it stands for a commitment to quality, an exceptional location and first-class architecture. The hotel’s 133 rooms were designed by Italian interior designer Luigi Fragola. In addition to the building’s architectural heritage, the design concept reinterprets and combines Art Deco influences. The result is a thoughtful ensemble of select materials, classic designs and contemporary accessories. Graphic monochrome patterns find their counterpart in calm, subdued colours like navy and burgundy. Dark mahogany wood is complemented by high-quality brass details, velvet and leather. To fit out the hotel, Fragola worked with small manufacturers such as the Venetian family business Rubelli and Bettenhaus Mühldorfer. In the bathrooms, Calacatta Oro marble takes a herringbone form. The hotel’s select services include an exclusive fragrance concept in the lobby, an art book collection by teNeues, and carefully-chosen guest amenities in the bathrooms. There are five room categories available: ranging from the classic double or single room to the generous junior suite. The German-French artist Roland Burkart has created a site-specific mirror installation for the hotel: The Artist’s Bridge Grid Map. One hotel room, to be completed by the end of the year, will be designed by the Danish artist Benedikte Bjerre, whose installation Eternity Now will set the scene. For the ground floor restaurant, the hotel joined forces with the Berlin-based Grill Royal Group to open Le Petit Royal Frankfurt, the counterpart to their Charlottenburg restaurant. Le Petit Royal Frankfurt is characterised by an elegant ambiance, in which custom upholstered furniture is complemented by classic glass Ikora lamps and select contemporary art pieces, notably a large-scale work by the glass artist Paul Hance. The hotel will be expanded next year to include a boutique sauna retreat with a Finnish sauna and a separate fitness studio offering various cardio and strength training equipment.”