The city of Basel sits in the northwest of Switzerland on the River Rhine, near the borders of France and Germany. It’s an excellent place to visit for those who like to immerse themselves in history. You can head to the Marktplatz in the old town centre where you’ll find the 16th-century Town Hall. Or spend some time at the Basel Paper Mill, a Medieval mill-turned-museum which tells the history of papermaking, book printing, and writing. Art lovers can explore Kunstmuseum Basel, which has the largest public art collection in the country. For those who like to holiday in style, we’ve put together a list of our favourite top 8 boutique hotels in Basel. Keep on reading to check out the options.
The first choice on our list, Nomad Design & Lifestyle Hotel, is the perfect place to stay for those who like Brutalist design. It’s built in an apartment block from the 1950s, the first such block to be constructed in Basel. The hotel retains its concrete facade, and also brings concrete inside. You might think that would make for a cold, dark setting, but with mid-century, modern-inspired wooden furniture and pops of jewel-toned teals and purples, it’s actually a very warm and inviting space.
In addition to a well-designed space, the hotel also offers tablets with thousands of newspapers, so you can stay on top of world news while in Basel. There’s also a restaurant on-site, so you can enjoy a meal or sit and relax with a drink. You’ll also find free WiFi, a 24-hour gym, and a sauna on site.
Nomad Design & Lifestyle Hotel
Address: Brunngässlein 8, Basel
Price: from 211 USD
Up next we have Krafft Basel, a 60-room hotel with one central building and an annexe. The building has operated as a hotel since 1873, and its current iteration retains much of its old-world charm. You’ll find parquet flooring, original radiators, and chandeliers. And in addition to the preserved originals, they’ve mixed in contemporary elements such as sleek mid-century, modern-inspired furniture.
There’s plenty of modern life to enjoy at Krafft Basel as well. Rooms come complete with flat-screen TVs and docking stations, and WiFi is available throughout. Lunch and dinner are served daily, and there’s a lounge on-site as well. There’s a 24-hour front desk should you need help with anything.
Address: Rheingasse 12, Basel
At Hotel Les Trois Roi you’ll find 19th-century elegance—so much so that you might find yourself feeling like you’re living in a stately home or palace. The hotel has existed since 1026, though the building has certainly been re-built since then. It’s current version dates back about 150 years, with opulent decor. You’ll find sparkling chandeliers, marbled pillars, painted ceilings, and damask wallpaper.
Whilst surrounded by 19th-century splendour, you can still bask in the glory of modern amenities. Get a workout in at the 24-hour fitness centre, or arrange for a relaxing spa service. Enjoy a meal at the restaurant, or head to the bar if you feel like a drink. You’ll find free WiFi throughout, and even a game room where you can challenge your friends.
Hotel Les Trois Rois
Address: Blumenrain 8, Basel, Switzerland
Up next we have Hotel D - Design Hotel, located in the heart of Basel. This recently renovated hotel offers modern design with earthy elements. You’ll find mid-century, modish furniture mixing with tiles that mimic mother-of-pearl, warm wood tones, and organic sculptural elements. It’s also an eco-friendly hotel, offering LED rain showers and fair trade coffee.
When you’re not enjoying your room, you can head to the fitness centre and sauna, and get a refreshing workout in. Free WiFi is available throughout, so you can keep connected during your stay. The hotel is even pet-friendly, so you can bring your Fido with you!
GAIA is a family-run hotel located near the historic centre of Basel. Operating since 1929, this hotel mixes historic charm with contemporary art. Relax in the wood-panelled bar and feel like you’re in the roaring 20s, or sit in a chair whose curves make it feel like a contemporary sculpture.
Each room offers a flat-screen tv and free WiFi. You’ll also find a kettle and a free minibar in the room. There are also spa services on offer, so treat yourself to a relaxing massage.
With a bright blue facade, Euler Hotel Basel combines historic elements with modern design. It’s situated in a historic building, and inside you’ll find colourful rugs, wallpapered walls, and ornate ceilings. All of this mixes with sleek furniture in each room. Dark colours and smooth finishes mix with brightly coloured textiles mix together to create a contemporary design inside a historic building.
Enjoy a meal in the hotel’s restaurant—on a nice day you can dine on the terrace. If you fancy a drink, head to the on-site bar which features live music. In your room, you’ll find a flat-screen tv and free WiFi.
The Passage - Urban Retreat is a new hotel located in the centre of Basel—it was built in 2014. It’s a dream for those who like the light and airy modern design that’s so popular now. Stark white walls, light wood, and mid-century, modern-inspired furniture are abundant in each room. Above each bed, you’ll find minimalist artwork on the wall. The building itself is geometric and bright white.
This pet-friendly hotel offers plenty of amenities. Get your sweat on in the fitness centre and then relax in the sauna. In your room, you’ll find a coffee machine, flat-screen tv, and slippers to keep your feet warm and cosy.
Let’s finish off our list with The Gast- und Kulturhaus Der Teufelhof Basel, located in Basel’s Old Town. Comprised of two hotels with two different design themes, it’s got a little something for everyone. The rooms in The Art Hotel are designed by Swiss and Italian designers, and each has a unique theme. The rooms in The Gallery Hotel feature and light and airy mid-century-inspired design. The building itself retains some historic features, including wooden beams, a brick-walled cellar, and a winding staircase.
The hotel boasts a cafe and bar, a theatre, and a wine shop (located in the cellar)—so there’s plenty to keep you occupied on-site! Free WiFi is available throughout, and the hotel is pet-friendly.
For those who like to stay somewhere stylish during their travels, Basel has plenty to offer. From contemporary artistic hotels to hotels which retain much of their historic features—you’re sure to find something you like! So book your favourite boutique hotel today and start planning your trip to Basel!
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