Basel has both an old town with a lot of history and a very modern central business district. The Swiss city is right on the Rhine River and is close to the borders of both France and Germany. It's so close to the French border that the city's airport terminal has one exit that lets you walk out into France.
Many of the city's hotels are in the Messe area, which is near the huge Congress Center Basel and Basel Exhibition Centre complex. There are also a lot of hotels in Basel's old town, Altstadt, which is near the Rhine and has a lot of history. Near the main Basel SBB train station, in the area of St. Alban, you can find even more.
Here’s the list of the best hotels in Basel where you can stay during your vacation.
1. Pullman Basel Europe Hotel
This hotel, which is part of the Accor chain, is right in the middle of Kleinbasel, close to everything. It's on Clarastrasse, which is two minutes walk from the Congress Center Basel in one direction and five minutes walk from the Rhine and the city's historic center in the other.
When you get hungry, the Pullman has two places to eat. Bistro Europe is a casual bistro, and Les 4 Saisons is a fine-dining restaurant with a menu that changes with the seasons. There is a small gym with a garden view where you can work off those meals.
It's on a street with shops, restaurants, and cafes, and it's right next to the Coop Supermarkt, a supermarket and department store that's like a Target and a great place to pick up things you might have forgotten at home. The hotel also has a parking garage for people who drive there.
2. Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois
The Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois is considered one of the best hotels in the world, not just in Basel. It was chosen as the best hotel in the world for 2020 by the Gault-Millau guide, which is like the Michelin guide. It is also one of the oldest hotels in the world that have had the same name since it first opened as an inn in 1681.
The current building was built in the 1800s and has the best location in the city. It is right on the Rhine at the first bridge in the town (called Middle Bridge).
The rooms and suites, as well as the public areas, have a grand, opulent, and historic feel, and the service is friendly and personal. This is the perfect place for a romantic getaway for two people.
The Les Trois Rois is also home to the three-Michelin-star Cheval Blanc, which is one of the best restaurants in the world. There's also the more casual Brasserie and the well-known Chez Donati, which serves Italian food.
3. Krafft Basel
This luxury, pet-friendly hotel has a long history and is right on the Rhine in the Kleinbasel neighborhood. Kleinbasel is the side of the Rhine across from the old town (known as Grossbasel).
Some rooms and suites have great views of the river, and some even have balconies. The hotel is across the river from the old town, so you can see the medieval city in a way that looks like it came out of a fairy tale.
The Krafft has a great restaurant with a large summer terrace and a great view of the river. Most of the food on the menu comes from nearby, and the chef buys most of it himself. There are also free, foldable bikes for guests to use to get around the city and free Wi-Fi in the rooms.
The hotel has a satellite property, the Consum Residence by Krafft Basel, located across the street. It's a small design hotel with modern rooms and studios that focus on design. It has all the same services as the main hotel.
4. Hotel Basel
This boutique hotel is run by a family and is a great choice for a hotel in an old town. It's on a small street that's usually only used by pedestrians. Hotel guests and cars related to the hotel can get there, though, so it's easy to walk around the old town area.
There are 30 shops in the building and around it. River cruisers like it because of the great service and location in the middle of the old town. Basel is where many cruises on the Rhine begin or end.
Behind the classic exterior, rooms that are very modern and have everything you need, like free high-speed Wi-Fi and bathrooms with high-end amenities and rain showers.
There are a few restaurants to choose from, like the upscale Brasserie Steiger and the Boulevard outdoor terrace café, which is only open in the summer. The hotel also has a popular English tea service every day in the afternoon.
5. Radisson Blu Hotel, Basel
The Radisson Blu Basel is a great choice for travelers to Basel. It is close to the train station and a short walk from the city's high-end shopping area, Freie Strasse.
The hotel is new, and the rooms and suites have modern features like USB charging ports by the beds and free, fast Wi-Fi. The 14-square-meter Individual Rooms are perfect for solo travelers who want style and amenities but don't need a lot of space. There are also junior suites, suites, and large family rooms that can fit up to four people at the Radisson Blu.
The Radisson Blu has an indoor pool, which is unusual for the city. There is a dry sauna and a steam room for guests to use. There is a small room where you can work out. There is also a small spa where you can get a variety of massages and treatments.
When you're hungry, you can go to Filini Restaurant, which is one of the best Italian places in the city.
6. GAIA Hotel
This hotel is in the middle price range and is right on one of Basel's main streets, the Centralbahnstrasse. The hotel is easy to get to because it is right next to the train station. All the trams stop right outside, so it's also easy to get around the city and the rest of the area.
The rooms have a classic look, but they also have modern features. You get satellite TV and a flat-screen TV, and some rooms have kitchenettes. At the GAIA, breakfast is free, as is Wi-Fi in the rooms and organic drinks in the minibar.
The goal of the hotel is to become a "zero-waste" hotel. A group in the city grows mushrooms in used coffee grounds. Old bread is given to the elephants at the Basel Zoo, organic waste is turned into compost, bar soap is recycled commercially, and none of the cleaning products used are harmful.
7. Art House Basel
Check out the Art House Basel if you want to stay in a luxury boutique hotel. The whole hotel is made to look like urban street art and has modern architecture. It was also made with the goal of making it easier for travelers to talk to each other.
There are only 33 rooms and suites, all of which were designed by the Italian architect Andrea Caputo and have creative photographic art and a modern look. The rooms are all different sizes and have their own decor. Some of them have private patios.
Check out the Art House Club Suite if you are going on a trip with kids. It has a separate living room with a pull-out sofa that is great for kids. The room looks like it came from Japan because it has wood floors and low wooden bed frames. The place is also good for people with pets.
There is breakfast, which can be brought to your room. There is also a beautiful roof deck. You can get an espresso drink at the on-site coffee shop in the morning.
8. The Novotel Basel City
The Novotel Basel City Hotel is another pet-friendly hotel in Basel. It is a clean, modern mid-range hotel that meets the usual quality and service standards of the Novotel brand.
The rooms have free Wi-Fi, a Nespresso machine, and a 42-inch LED flat-screen TV with satellite TV and a variety of international (and pay) channels. Things like soft bathrobes and slippers add a touch of luxury to your stay. The modern brasserie at the Novotel is called Gourmet Bar.
The hotel is good for families because it has a play area for kids and plans activities for families. It can also help with babysitting. Two children can stay in the same room with their parents for free, and there are family rooms with a queen-sized bed and a sofa bed.
9. Nomad Design & Lifestyle Hotel
This very stylish and pet-friendly design hotel is near the Rhine in Vorstaedte. There are two different kinds of rooms at Nomad. The Urban Club Rooms are more like a loft, with exposed concrete and warm oak wood trim. Design Rooms have leather furniture and rugs that were made just for them. Both types of rooms are nice. The rooms in the Urban Club are a bit nicer and cost more. They also give you access to the Library Club, which is the hotel's executive club lounge. The Penthouse Suite is also very cool.
The Nomad has a fitness studio and a Finnish dry sauna to help people stay healthy. If you ask, the hotel can set up personal trainers and massages. Fans of football will be interested in the hotel's FC Basel 1893 VIP package, which includes a room and a VIP experience at an FCB game.
The trendy Nomad Eatery is the hotel's restaurant. From 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner from a large menu. They have a great Sunday brunch, and every month they have a Korean night with food and music that both tourists and locals love.
10. Der Teufelhof Basel
Der Teufelhof is a small, historic hotel in the Altstadt called "old town." This Basel hotel is made from two 18th-century townhouses that have been joined together. It has 33 rooms and suites that are split into two themes: Even though the Gallery Hotel is in an old building, some of the rooms make it feel like an art hotel. The rooms are all very modern and have an art gallery feel. The other rooms look like you're living in a painting because they are old and classic. These are part of the idea behind the Art Hotel.
All of the rooms have very stylish designer furniture, like Eames armchairs and desks made to order in Italy. You sleep on a Robusta mattress and pillow on a Swiss-made Wohnbedarf bed. Der Teufelhof is more than just a hotel. It is a cultural center with a theatre, coffee lounge, and two restaurants, one of which has a Michelin star.
There are many different kinds of cultural performances at the theatre, such as dance, music, and more. The Teufelhof wants its guests to have a unified cultural experience, or as they put it, to be "partners on a joint voyage of discovery" All of these different worlds come together during a stay: fine dining, art, and the theatre.
You won't find a city in Europe that is more wealthy than Basel. A lot of people go there every year. Basel offers something for everyone, whether you're fascinated by history, wild places, or nature, or just want to have some fun.
If you are going on a trip, finding the best accommodation option is probably your top priority. We hope that our article helps you find the right hotel for you.