Hannover is one of those cities which boasts a massive, world-class exhibition centre, but which has neglected to provide anywhere for visitors to actually stay.

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I’ve just been to Hannover to attend an exhibition of vans and commercial vehicles (actually, I rather enjoyed it). I ended up paying €250 to stay in a frightful, pastel-coloured “business hotel” (shorthand for, “No one else wants to stay there”). It was literally the last room in the city and the manager cheerfully admitted to me that, outside from exhibitions, he charged €75. That’s a more than 300 per cent mark up. I now never, ever want to go to Hannover again.

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