Reasonably convenient for Congress Conference Centre
Posted Nov 10, 2011
The hotel is a 3-4 mins walk from Lister Platz tram/bus station, which is 2 stops from the main train station. Or a 20-25 min walk from Hauptbahnhof through a mainly pedestrianised street lined by little stores, bakeries, & banks, leading on to the city centre. Or a 30 min walk to the Congress/Zoo through the beautiful Eilenriede park, or a couple of stops on the bus/tram.
The room was spacious, with 2 single wardrobes, luggage rack, coat rack, desk, sitting area, TV, mini fridge. The hotel booking included a room safe, bathrobe, & complimentary newspaper - none of these were in the room, but it was later hinted might have been provided on request. Wireless internet connection was available in room for a fee, but there was also a single computer in the lobby with free internet. Although the room requested was a non-smoking one, there was a distinct smell of cigarette in the corridor. The comfortable bathroom included an average shower gel & shampoo-conditioner, which was distinctly disappointing for a big chain like Novotel. Even smaller 4-star hotels provide better quality toiletries, & include body lotion. Daily housekeeping kept the room clean & tidy.
The hotel has its own restaurant, & breakfast available for 16 euros - neither of which I sampled. My advice - do not rely on the reception or room wake-up calls & take your own alarm clock. These failed me 2 mornings out of 3, at great cost, as I was there for a 3-day business conference. All I got was an apology.