This exclusive little 14-room cottage hotel on the southeast end of the Maschsee is accessible by tram 8 and a short walk from both Pier 51 and The Insel. The Amman is a wonderful, family-run gem, comfortable and private, with a sweet courtyard (beverages served outside in summer) a nice restaurant and very comfortable rooms. They also have a fine American-style bar downstairs.

Staff is excellent, and this is really the place that I would have liked to have stayed last time I was in Hannover. What's more, the owner, Helmut Amman, is something of a local character—he's run this place for 16 years, managing both the hotel and the restaurant. And he does both well; Feinschmecker magazine gives the restaurant four out of five stars, and locals save it for a really special night out.

Street Address: Hildesheimer Strasse 185
City: Hannover
Country: Germany
Phone: 011 49 511 83 08 18
Fax: 011 49 511 84 37 749
Quality: Rating: 3 stars
Value: Rating: 2 stars
Price Level: $$$-
Type: Hotel