NH Hannover

THE BACKGROUND

The 91-room, four-star hotel opened in 2021 at the height of Covid. The property’s ground floor was a former Chinese Restaurant while the hotel rooms occuoy spaces that were once offices and consulting rooms for a doctor’s surgery. It is cat and dog friendly and has accessible facilities for disabled visitors. Extra beds and cots can be put into rooms for children.

THE LOCATION

The hotel is around a 10-minute walk to the heart of the city centre and main shopping area with the ‘old town’ – over 90% of Hannover was destroyed by the bombing raids of WWII and the city was almost completely rebuilt, with the ‘new old town’ featuring some facades that date from 1566 – a further 10-15 minutes or so away.

Hannover has plenty of green spaces, with its impressive ‘New Town Hall’ (built in 1913) looking out onto a tree-lined lake.

Close to the town hall is the popular Maschsee Lake, one of the city’s main recreational hotspots, with boating options, restaurants and, during the first three weeks of summer the Maschlake Festival, with music, entertainment and food stalls.

Other nearby attractions within easy reach of the hotel are Herrenhäuser Gärten, New Town Hall, Lower Saxony State Museum and Hannover Zoo.

NH Hannover is approximately a 25-minute tax ride (around €30) from Hannover-Langenhagen Airport.

I arrived by ICE train from Dusseldorf, with Hannover Hauptbahnhof (central train station) a 20-minute walk or five-minute taxi ride (€8).

THE CHECK IN

hannover lobby
hannover scones

I was met by smiling faces and Anna, the GM, who offered me a complimentary drink from the bar and was waiting to show me around the hotel.

She told me she had arranged some ‘treats’ for my room. These turned out to be some delicious scones, cream, jam and some packets of English Breakfast tea – Anna later revealed that she had made the scones at home that morning.

The attractive lobby/reception area has colourful zigzag Chevron flooring and plenty of modern couches that are well stocked with throws and cushions, which gives the hotel an instant ‘cosy’ feel.

THE ROOM

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The hotel has three room categories:  Standard, Standard with Room and Terrace and Superior.  No two rooms have exactly the same shape or style.

I was in 601, on the top floor, a super-spacious Superior room with glass doors that opened onto a rooftop balcony area, with a table and two chairs and great views across the city. I looked down on a city square as traders set up their stalls for the Saturday ‘traditional’ Klagesmarkt. My spotless room was nice and bright, with a hardwood floor and decorated in light brown, beiges and greys. Features included a flat-screen television, mini-bar and tea and coffee-making facilities. The large walk-in bathroom had a rain-effect shower.

The fast wi-fi was complimentary. Guests in Superior rooms benefit from a complimentary Espresso Machine, a bottle of water, bathrobes and slippers.

RESTAURANTS AND BARS

Hannover bar

There’s one restaurant, located off the reception area on the ground floor.  Bright, informal and very comfortable, the set tables were nicely spaced apart. The breakfast options were extensive, with croissants, pastries, yoghurts, cold cuts, fresh and dried fruit and hot dishes such as scrambled eggs, bacon and sausages. There were also small dishes of salmon, guacamole, hummus and more. In the evening, a selection of evening dishes from a curated à la carte menu are available.

The bar served up a good range of wines, sprits and local beers – try the Hannover-brewed Gilder Pilsner – and there are free croissants, jars of cookies and jelly sweets for those late-night munchies.

OTHER FACILITIES

A small 24-hour gym has a treadmill, spin bike and free weights.

THE VERDICT

Hannover might not be the first choice for a German city break but in terms of history, parks and gardens, scenic walks and ambient bars and restaurants, it doesn’t disappoint. The NH Hannover is a great option – very comfortable, nicely informal, spacious rooms and a bountiful breakfast spread – with the city highlights an enjoyable and healthy stroll away to burn off those added calories.

THE DETAILS

Prices for a Superior room for a weekend in June start from around 300 euros a night. Am Klagesmarkt 12 30159 Hannover Germany; +49 511609710

nhhannover@nh-hotels.com.