Aspria Lodge Hannover is primarily a health club, with extensive first-rate gymnasium and exercise facilities, and a 20-room accommodation wing with lake views. This gave us a pleasant and interesting exposure to German health culture during the summer holiday high season in July 2012. I had heard many years ago about the popularity of health culture and spas in Germany, but had no prior experience of German health clubs or spas until our stay with Aspria.
We did not make much contribution in our own right to the ambience of healthy indulgence in exercise and sun worship, but we were made welcome by pleasant and helpful staff. It was inspirational, and novel, to walk out on the wide common balcony in late afternoon to watch a hot air sightseeing balloon taking off from the beach in front of our room - other guests enjoying the same spectacle while exercising.
The location, on the shore of a popular artificial lake, the Maschsee (constructed in a job creation scheme of 1934-36), is scenic and convenient for easy access to major sights of Hannover. It was ideal for guests like us, with a hire car. It is about 4km drive from the New Rathaus (town hall); 6km from the Hauptbahnhof (main railway station); and 7km from the Herrenhausen Gardens. Aspria guests have pass entry through a boom gate to offstreet open air parking next to the lodge reception. Unlike hotels, reflecting the health club/spa basis of Aspria, guest entry on foot through reception is also by pass entry through automatic barriers. Guests have full access to the excellent gymnasium, swimming, cycling and snack bar/bistro/restaurant facilities of the establishment.
The room was minimalist (no air conditioning, or even a refrigerator) but was very clean, modern and well maintained (no faults with fittings or appliances), with comfortable bedding and a good bathroom. Internet (included for guests) worked very well. International satellite television choices, in English, French, German and other languages, were adequate. Our room had plenty of power outlets and desk seating for computer use. It was good value for money at €119 per night. Perhaps the biggest deficiency of the room was less soundproofing and privacy than might usually be expected in four-star accommodation. Fellow guests may be heard talking next door. It is well away from street traffic and noise, however.
Aspria Lodge Hannover is well located and most convenient for visitors to Hannover with their own vehicles. We much preferred the setting and facilities to the very ordinary accommodation in typical railway hotels around Hannover's Hauptbahnhof. It is not necessarily the best choice for everyone, but we would stay there again and highly recommend it subject to the above considerations. Aspria's English-language web page at http://aspria-hannover.de/en has further information.
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