Finding suitable Hannover accommodation can be very hard during the weeks trade fairs take place in the exhibition grounds. If you wait too long, the list of available hotels you can book online will be very limited, or not suitable for you. The first to go are the four and five star hotels in the city center. The next to go are the three star and lower ones, apartments, and private rentals. Here are a few tips to help you get decent Hannover accomodation.
Online Hannover Accommodation Search Tips
1) Check online offers daily: Hotels get cancellations and put those rooms online to fill them up fast.
2) Search for each day one by one: Once you have decided what days you want to stay, search for one day at a time, e.g. if you want to book from the 14th till the 18th of March 2016, look for check-in on the 14th of March, and check-out on the 15th, and so on. Then call the hotel that has the most days free, to see if they can let you stay
during the 4 days. If not, you can book in two hotels.
3) Phone the hotels: If none of the above options work, you will have to start phoning the hotels you like, the old-fashioned way. Sometimes e-mail communication can take too long, depending on which hotel it is. Visitors who stay for a whole week always have preference over those who want to stay for a couple of days.
Hannover Accommodation: What to do if You Can’t Find Anything (or Anything at a “Normal” Price)
It’s February and you decide to attend CeBIT. You do an online search for hotels and can’t find anything, or what you see is 500 euros a night, and you think it’s a ripoff. No need to panic. Here’s what to do:
1) Come for the day: Many buyers do it, if they are too busy to search for new suppliers. They visit the ones they deal with, and it’s over.
2) Stay in Bremen: Bremen has great four and five star hotels. This city is only an hour away by train from Hannover. Ryanair has daily flights from Bremen airport to all major European cities, at affordable prices. If you don’t like Ryanair, other airlines also use this airport.
3) Stay in Hamburg: This isn’t my favorite alternative, because the train ride is long (almost 2 hours), but I have friends who choose this option, and don’t mind the daily ride. They use this travel time to work on their laptops. Some of the trains have free Wi-Fi. Hamburg also has a modern airport, and great hotels, at normal, off-peak prices.