Very Good10 Reviews
1.34km from Bistro Jason'sThe Aspria Maschsee is a wanna-be luxury resort, which is trying but not succeeding. Located on the border of the Machsee, in the outskirts of Hannover city, the hotel is easy to reach with your own car, but requires a taxi if you do not have one. They do offer free parking in the outdoor parking space that is closed by a gate. There are no parking valets available. The hotel doubles as spa and training facility, which can make you feel a bit intimidated unless you yourself bring training cloths, sneakers and swimwear. If you are just in town for business or a conference (like me), this may not be your best hotel to choose, even if it is quite close to the Hannover Messe (if you drive...). The room I had (Yankee) was quite nice, clean and large with a kitchen area, as well as a bathroom with bathtub. The room numbering was strange, and required a bit getting used to - instead of numbers, they used the alphabet, naming each room after the American signalling names - Yankee meaning Y, Zulu Z and so forth. A fun twist, but I am not convinced it makes sense to play on a well-recognised system as using room numbers. The hotel layout requires you to walk for a long time to reach your room: two floors only, with at least 30 rooms on each floor, placed on only one side of the corridor. Mine being at the end of the alphabet meant I was in the end of the corridor, far far away from everything. This was a good thing in that it was generally quit, but it also meant I got to work out just walking to my room. A big setback was the lack of air condition in the room, meaning I had to open all windows in order to get some cooling. Often when I travel, I need to eat. A luxury hotel like this, I expect a high-quality restaurant with both great service and great food. Unfortunately, neither was the case. When I came to the restaurant (three days), each time it felt like I was interrupting the weighers, forcing them to actually work. This being close to Norther Germany, the service can be a bit like that, but at a luxury resort I do expect to be treated with respect and to be served in a decent manner. The food was not especially good either, for example the lammhaxe (lamb knuckle) was presented in a nice way (standing up), but the meat was dry, and the tomato sauce totally ruined the tasted of everything else on the plate. The other plates I had was equally disappointing (I ate there three days, trying something different each day). Having people wearing towels in the restaurant also made the experience less than optimal. The only positive thing at the restaurant was the wine. They had a quite nice grauer burgunder (pinot gris for the rest of us) from Germany. Breakfast was included in the price, but I never figured out where it was. Was all bad? No, of course not. The location is fantastic, especially if you enjoy running or walking. Take a walk along the see. The spa was truly great too, I had one of the best massages I have ever had at their spa.