A neighbor of our highly-recommended Hilton City, Novotel enjoys the same location benefits as its competitor (easy subway access, central city location, etc.), but the accommodation quality is a notch below. So are the nightly rates. We like the Novotel brand and recommend several properties throughout Europe. Typically, the hotels are modern, clean, reasonably priced and provide a worthwhile fitness option. This Novotel is no exception. The rooms are simply outfitted with light colored Scandinavian-ish furnishings, white bed linens and tiled baths. Request a room away from the street and driveway for a bit more quiet. Parking is €17 per night and internet access also steeply priced (though there is one computer in the lobby that can be used for free, good luck fighting the Facebookers for access).
The lower level wellness area (open 6a to 11p) is stocked with three newer Technogym treadmills, one newer Technogym cross-trainer, an older upright bike and a step-climber. Muscle-pumping can be performed on the facility's two-station multigym. Unfortunately, no dumbbells are provided. This gym offers the bare workout essentials but is one of the better options for hotels in this lesser price category.
Joggers should also consider heading out for a run along the nearby river paths. Swimmers may want to walk across the street and take a peek at the public Volksbad swim hall. Novotel does house a tiny indoor pool, but water aerobics are about the only exercising possible inside. Kids populate the water box from lunch till early evening so avoid those hours.
An Aldi grocery store, Subway sandwich shop among other cafes and shops are located underground inside the subway access terminal.