Back in the Middle Ages, ships laden with salt used to drift down the Rhine before docking in the exact spot where Le Trois Rois now stands. The Grand Dame of Basel, this five-star hotel has so much more to offer than just the view. One of Europe’s oldest city hotels – Les Trois Rois has been standing since the 17th century. She started life as an inn for gentlemen before being turned into an elegant hotel a couple of centuries later. Napoleon Bonaparte even stopped off here to the cheers of a glittering reception back in 1797.
The belle époque style comes with all the fine-tuned features you would expect. Gilded features, crystal chandeliers, proudly standing French windows, and peeling ceiling frescoes set just the right tone for lounging on day beds, donning pearls, and listening to classical pieces from the resident piano player.
Despite its five-star status, Le Trois Rois takes on a boutique feel, keeping the feel nice and intimate. The waterfront terrace and bar are beautiful social spaces, where in the summer months you can imagine sweet riverside nights where laughter resounds well into the small hours.
Bedrooms are soaked in splendor; swathes of silk, heavy drapes, scarlet or royal blue color schemes and vases overflowing with freshly cut roses. Chopard clocks and ornate mirrors stud the walls, and black marble bathrooms gleam even beneath a cloud of steam from the rainfall showers.
The Suite Le Trois Rois is the belle of the ball with its art deco touch, roof terrace jacuzzi and panoramic views. Two bedrooms, three bathrooms, dining table, roaring fireplace, cozy lounge and office ensure that elite guests at the hotel have all the space and amenities they need.
As to be expected from the regal heights of your surroundings, service at Le Trois Rois is every inch as elegant as the crisp uniforms on the staff. Calm and attentive seems to be the name of the game -without the fuss or the faff.
A French brasserie, a cigar room, and a chandelier clad cocktail room can all be found at Le Trois Rois. The real star of the dining show is the Michelin starred restaurant Cheval Blanc. Winner of the highly coveted three Michelin stars is a promise of something special, apparent as soon as you step foot into the candelabra filled glistening dining room adorned with flowers and flickering lights. French style meets the Med in the menu that divinely delivers the wow factor. Bresse pigeon bathed in Moroccan spice, kingfisher sashimi and bright sorbets are just the tip of a very tasty iceberg.
If you are seeking something a little more causal than five-minutes stroll you will find the hotels Chez Donati. Italian pizzazz has been making La Dolce Vita lovers proud at this award-winning eatery for over 60 years. From thinly carved antipasti to melt on the tongue grilled sole in butter, homemade pastas and wines from the volcanic rich lands of Sicily – lunches and riverside suppers have never been so lovely.