The Highly Anticipated Gekko House Brings an Indie Spirit and Urban Aesthetic to Frankfurt’s Up-and-Coming Gallus District
Tribute Portfolio, Marriott International’s newest collection of characterful independent hotels, continues to expand its European footprint with the opening of Gekko House, the brand’s second hotel in Germany and first in Frankfurt. The 128-room urban-designed hotel is situated in the heart of Frankfurt’s up-and-coming Gallus district known for its converted warehouses and factories, which is now home to eclectic music venues and theatres. Frankfurt-based Morgen Interiors led the design, creating a captivating urban aesthetic reflective of Frankfurt’s open-minded culture whilst inviting spontaneity and fun, inspired by the hotel’s motto, ‘life is crazy.’
“We’re thrilled to welcome this vibrant new hotel within Tribute Portfolio’s growing global family of independent hotels that are drawn together by their passion for captivating design and their drive to create vibrant social scenes for travelers. Gekko House is set to be a hot spot for both guests and locals alike with its characterful and cosmopolitan design, sincere service, and lively ambiance at their Chicago Williams restaurant and bar, said John Licence, VP Premium and Select Brands Europe, Marriott International.
Guest rooms at Gekko House juxtapose exposed concrete walls with wooden flooring, hand-blown statement glass lighting fixtures, olive green furniture and lavish velvet seating. Each room offers floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning skyline views across Germany’s only skyscraper city. In addition, they boast a Marshall Music Box, Nespresso coffee machine, amenities by Australian organic skincare brand Grown Alchemist and a Gekko House curated city guide. On the ground floor, guests are led to the hotel entrance via an intimate passage, where cherry wood panelling meets deep olive furnishings and eye-catching tapestries. In the lobby, guests can shop at The Gekko Späti, where the team have hand-picked a selection of artisanal drinks and snacks, as well as local souvenirs and gadgets.
At the heart of Gekko House is the restaurant and bar, Chicago Williams, a Berlin-born BBQ concept established in 2012 by Nawid Samawat. A spacious lounge bar leads to the restaurant with an open kitchen serving up German beer and cured meat specialties like baby back ribs and beef brisket alongside soulful dishes like macaroni and cheese. Designed in deep red tones, the interior features a wooden floor with oak tables and copper detailing. For a more intimate experience, diners can be seated next to the black-tiled smoker room where they can watch the chefs work their creative magic in the kitchen. This Summer, Gekko House will open Chicago Beach Rooftop on the eighth floor – a lounge bar with unbeatable views of the city’s skyline.
“The arrival of Gekko House as part of Tribute Portfolio is unlike anything on the German hotel market at present. Gekko House provides a more casual concept without compromising on design, style and comfort. Gekko House is a place where business travellers and tourists alike can come to unwind, let loose and enjoy life,” said Micky Rosen and Alex Urseanu.
For more information about Gekko House, please visit www.tributeportfolio.com.
About Tribute Portfolio
Tribute Portfolio is a growing global family of characterful, independent hotels drawn together by their passion for captivating design and their drive to create vibrant social scenes for guests and locals alike. With 38 hotels open and growing, Tribute Portfolio has struck a chord with those who seek out independent experiences and crave a connection with the community when traveling. From boutique resorts like Inn at Rancho Santa Fe in California and urban hotels such as The Vagabond Club in Singapore, to hotels in indie-spirited locales like Noelle in Nashville and The Slaak in Rotterdam, each Tribute Portfolio hotel celebrates its individuality offering travellers a fresh, often colourful, perspective. Stay with character and stay connected: Instagram, Facebook and twitter. Tribute Portfolio is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the new name of Marriott’s travel program replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz- Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including earning points toward free hotel stays and nights toward Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com
About The Gekko Group
Headquartered in Frankfurt, The Gekko Group was founded in 2001 by Micky Rosen and Alex Urseanu. With its pioneering concepts, the constantly expanding company has made a name for itself internationally and has developed into one of the most innovative brands in the hotel and restaurant industry. The recipe: a boundless love of life and an uncompromising passion to share it. The Gekko Group portfolio boasts hotels, restaurants and event spaces all different in terms of concept and design - but equally all places where the highest gastronomic demands are met, where the lightness of being is lived and the right people meet. Friendships for life, encounters of a special kind.
About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 7,300 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 134 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy™, its highly-awarded travel program. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.
Global Communications, Tribute Portfolio