We chose this hotel as a way of ensuring that we were relatively near to Hannover airport for our return flight home and knew very little about the area.
The town of Celle is delightful and full of German half timbered houses with a buzzing town centre. The area caters for tourists and houses a former royal palace (worth a visit, French gardens (very pleasant to walk in) and numerous coffee houses and eating places. At 9.30 and 5.30 every day a trumpeter plays a tune from the church tower (a surprising tradition the first time you become aware of it at which the locals do not bat an eyelid)!!
The hotel itself is slightly stuck in a time warp and could do with updating with regards to its general furnishings and décor. However, when you get beyond the superficial, the rooms are extremely clean and tidy with ample space and the bathrooms are spotless. This is one of the best showers I had whilst I was in Germany and the beds were extremely comfortable and the cushions (for once) were English housewife style rather than the large square pillows that the Germans appear to be fond of but which are extremely difficult to sleep with. I had a good night's sleep!
As part of our package we arranged to visit a local establishment for an evening meal (this was about a 10 minute walk away) and the meal was extremely tasty. However, the town is well catered for with cafes and restaurants (next to the hotel was a pizzeria offering pizzas from 5 euros).
We also arranged to park our car at the hotel - the car park is underground which is accessed by a lift at the rear of the hotel (quite a surreal experience) and if you are not a confident driver and have a large car, this may prove to be quite difficult for some individuals.
Breakfast is a simple continental affair with the usual offerings of fresh bread, butter, cheeses and meats. Boiled eggs are also available.
Our room was at the front of the hotel, but as the roads are one way and the town is not noisy, this was not a problem.
The hotel is about a 35 minute drive from Hamburg airport.
Overall, good value for money.
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