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Hotel An Der Marktkirche
Ranked #122 of 161 Hotels in Hannover
Chester, United Kingdom
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“3 day trip”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

The hotel is basic, clean and comfortable and ok for the 3 day business trip we were in Hannover for. The food is good value and tasty, the location is very central and excellent for a night on the tiles or catching the train or underground nearby. The bar is pleasant and the staff helpful, the bar shows the football! The Hotel is no more than a 2 star and is what is says in the advert! although the entrance and stairwell are a bit dour and reminded me of "1960's urban functional". The beds are tired, the Hotel is expensive for what it is, but i think this is typically of the city! I would stay again.

Room Tip: the rooms facing the street feel more open but it can be noisy outside at chucking out time.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

The hotel is situated to a very good location, near the market. Lots of places to visit nearby, places to eat, drink and shop, on foot. Nice and clean. Friendly staff. The downside is that the room was too small (stayed in a 1-bed).
They give you your personal key so that you don't have to deliver it and then ask for it back, every time you go out.
Remember to follow the red line on the pavement, that starts outside the hauptbanhof! It will take you to the most interesting places in the center of the city!
Irrationaly expensive (visited CeBIT exhibition on March...)

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 3, 2010

Like thousands of other mugs, sorry, businessmen, I had to visit Hann-d-over to attend a Trade Fair at Messe (EuroBLECH this time). Unfortunately I only discovered that I needed to go fairly late in the day and hotel rooms were already in short supply.

I find it hard to decide whether to recommend this hotel or to write a scathing review.

Oh well - I'll write a scathing review.

On the plus side, the location is fantastic. 800m from the main railway station and less than 200m from Kropcke underground (which is on Line 8, the line that goes directly to the Messe Exhibition Centre), it is impossible to find somewhere more convenient for the occasional visitor.

The hotel is run by a young couple, the son of the owners and his partner, who are probably in their late 20s/early 30s. Very pleasant, professional, accommodating and helpful; and they speak English better than I speak German.

Maddeningly - that is all the good news.

The hotel itself is in a parade of shops. The rooms are above the ground level which is taken up by the hotel's bar/restaurant. The hotel entrance is through a single door at the side of the premises: you are buzzed in when you press the bell and enter into a long, dark corridor. The first impression is one of gloom. After checking in and receiving your receipt (as they charge the cost of the entire stay on to your credit card three days before you arrive - poor practice and unnecessary in my view) you head for the stairs. (No lift). As you ascend, the gloom gets worse. When you arrive at the first floor landing (2nd floor if you are American!) the first thing you notice is a light fitting with only one light bulb working. On entering the hallway to the first floor rooms, it is apparent that the only light working there is the light above the exit door - all the other fittings seem to have had the bulbs removed to save money. Now when you own a hotel in Hann-d-over you are used to charging singularly premium, some would say excessive, rates. If you cannot afford to operate four extra lightbulbs on the first two floors something is very wrong.

On entering the room my first instinct was to hold my head in my hands. Old fashioned carpet; old fashioned curtains; and that terrible all pervasive gloom again. Very low powered lights made the entire experience of staying in the room unpleasant. An old, 14" television which only showed German TV, with two foreign language channels - BBC World News and CNN, both in English, sat in the corner of the room taking up space and gathering dust.

At least wireless broadband was available at a fairly reasonable euro 5 per 24 hours (sorry - but I still think this should be free as there is zero marginal cost associated with the supply. I know charging provides extra margin for the hotel - but given the price of the room, of which more later - this also comes across as unnecessary). However - there was insufficient bandwidth, so when everybody arrived back at the hotel in the early evening and wanted to check email the system slowed down to a complete stop. Ridiculous for a hotel designed to catch the travelling business guest.

The room itself was a very good size - about 14 sq m (150 sq ft) including the en-suite. The shower was excellent, plenty of pressure and hot water. But the loo seat was broken when I arrived and it finally gave up and had to be replaced during my stay. Very old, threadbare, see-through towels and lack of bathroom amenities just added to the general air of malaise. But I am leaving the best to last.

The beds.

Oh my goodness, the beds.

First, they were very low. Which is probably thought to be very chic and very modern.

But given the population demographic there are lots like me (and I'm only in my fifties) with replacement hips, arthritis and assorted aches and pains who do not want to get down on hands and knees to get in and out of a strange bed, thank you very much. And when we do, we do not then want to disappear into the old, knackered open coil sprung mattress either. Unless we are paying youth hostel rates. And we are not. Not here anyway. And that was not all. The mattress protectors were impermeable sheets - the type made for bedwetters - so natural body heat immediately made the bottom sheet damp and you were lying in your own sweat all night. Extremely and unforgivably unpleasant.

Although I am a Brit I have the good fortune to have lived for a few years in the USA, so I am used to being spoilt by a huge choice of hotel accommodation for travelling businessmen. On I-40 in Oklahoma this room would struggle to justify a rate of $75 a night (Think Motel 6 or, at best, Days Inn). In Manhattan it would get away, just, with $140. In London, lets be generous and estimate a rate of perhaps £100 a night ($160).

In (Stand and Deliver and) Hann-d-over (your money....) in Messe week, when every room ended up sold out? Euro 170 ($270 at current rates) per night. Outrageous, unjustified and nothing more than legalised theft. It leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

But what is so annoying is that it is so easy for the management to make simple, inexpensive, decisions that would transform the place. A quick trip to Ikea for mattresses, paid for by one night's room revenue if they wanted to keep them cheap and replace them every year. Eight lightbulbs with some power. More bandwidth for the internet. New sheets and fresher towels, none of this amounts to major capital expenditure; and the experience would be transformed. But unfortunately, when the only room left in town on the day I arrived was offered at $670 (I kid you not) local hotels will keep short changing their customers for as long as they can get away with it.

If reviews like this encourage the owner/managers to make some affordable improvements I would not hesitate to return. If the hotel stays bathed in gloom and lethargy, no chance.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
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Property: Hotel An Der Marktkirche
Address: Grupenstr. 10, 30159, Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Location: Germany > Lower Saxony > Hannover > Mitte
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #122 of 161 Hotels in Hannover
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel An Der Marktkirche 2*
Number of rooms: 18
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