Basel, the North Swiss charmer set on the border with France and Germany, has a unique appeal that is stronger now than ever before. Majestically set on the shores of Rhine, Basel incorporates everything from the historic allure to modern day elegance through contemporary design. This can be seen in its hotels that are as diverse as the city itself, featuring opulence that easily fits royalty and a more conservative crowd, as well as concrete-themed robustness that is both attractive and fresh. Buzzing with art lovers, architecture connoisseurs, and often attracting industry leaders, Basel ticks all the boxes that are in line with top Swiss quality. Here is our pick for the 5 best hotels during your stay in Basel.
Les Trois Rois
If you want to know what real royal-worthy opulence looks and feels like, Les Trois Rois at the heart of Basel is the place to experience it in the most glamorous way possible. Velvet-draped windows, heavy brocade, beautiful patterns and textures, spacious rooms, and top-quality service all are native to this grand hotel which has been an inseparable part of Basel for over three centuries. A superstar in every way, the hotel even boasts a three-Michelin-star restaurant. The location couldn’t be better – set on the very shores of the Rhine and surrounded by all the landmarks within easy walking distance. When it comes to its style, don’t expect toned-down glamour – here it’s all out there, where you can see it, featuring arches, frescoes, marble, and chandeliers. Beautiful rooms with views of the river are unmatched as they come with a terrace, where you can take in fantastic views. Baroque-themed interiors can feel a bit much if you are after a more subtle feel, but if luxury in its truest form is your main desire, you won’t be left disappointed. The waterfront terrace and bar are excellent during the warmer months, where you can take in the city and its vibrant rhythm moving past along the Rhine.
Something completely opposite to the aforementioned grand dame of Basel, Nomad couldn’t feel more worlds apart when it comes to style and character, yet there are no compromises made when it comes to delivering first-class service and excellence. An absolute must for architecture aficionados, Nomad was designed by Büchner Bründler who completed the project in 2016 and the result was a fantastic, award-winning 65-room design and lifestyle hotel, which has become an essential part of modern-day Basel. The minimalist hotel is set within two mid-century residential buildings and you will see a continuous use of stark in-situ concrete throughout all spaces. Everything here feels very organic with a preference for open-plan areas. A total of 1500 sq. meters of bold kilim fabric was used for carpeting, headboards, furniture upholstery and sound absorbing ceiling panes designed by Grego for the Nomad Project Collection. You will see the use of bold contemporary urban patterns and strong colors. The rooms offer a choice between a bolder or a more minimalistic approach, thus making them ideal for any kind of traveler – whether you are in Basel for business or leisure. The hotel is located in the trendy Aeschenvorstadt quarter making it a more quiet choice yet still feeling central.
Der Teufelhof Basel
Despite its quaint outer appearance and facade, instead of an old-time guesthouse, you are met with a rather eccentric yet well-balanced art-centric approach at the charming Der Teufelhof Basel hotel. Located in Basel’s old town, the surrounding area is full of boutiques, central shops, and bars, and the hotel itself beautifully stands above the city center. Everything at the hotel emphasizes its owners’ love for art, making it feel more like an inviting gallery than your typical hotel. Moreover, it’s also home for a Michelin-acclaimed restaurant Bel Etage. There are only 33 rooms within the hotel and they come as a bit of an unexpected surprise – the Gallery rooms are known for their minimalistic interiors and white walls with an eccentric accent or two. The Art hotel rooms are completely opposite, however. Every five years artists are invited to let their imagination run wild and the results are bold indeed. The white-tiled bathrooms compliment the minimalistic feel of the Gallery rooms and bathrooms include full-size tubs and powerful showers, while all rooms include designer-only furniture.
Another tastefully elegant part of the Basel hotel scene is the Scandi-inspired The Passage featuring beautifully minimalistic design, functional spaces, and an above-and-beyond team of well-trained professionals, who know how to welcome every guest in the best way possible. While the hotel only has 46 rooms, all are spacious and airy with large windows letting in an infinite amount of daylight. All rooms are equipped with everything you need to make your stay fully enjoyable and uncomplicated, and the custom-made furnishings bring it all to the next level. The Passage is located on the very edge of the modern-day city and the old town but the location is perfectly central, within walking distance of everything you need. The elegant guest rooms overlook either the courtyard or the city itself, and the spacious bathrooms are a real treat with rainfall showers and Clarins toiletries. While the hotel doesn’t have its own in-house restaurant, it’s really not a drawback as, again, everything is close by and the bar is perfect for pre-dinner drinks.
While we love the feeling of living in a fairytale, there is also something extra special about places that truly and fully make you feel like home – comfortable, pampered, and living the life of your best self. Hotel Krafft is one of those hotels that stands out with its inviting and incredibly homely decor. Located beautifully on the poetic shores of the Rhine, the outside of the hotel oozes historic charm while everything inside is moving perfectly with the pace of contemporary sophistication in design and aesthetics. Yet it’s not all bells and whistles, and the spaces have beautiful features that do actually tell a story of another time – yet another feature making this hotel feel so much like home. Tastefully decorated rooms, mostly in neutrals, hardwood and parquet floors, a spacious and light-filled dining room – from the moment you wake up until you lay down again on the crisp white linens, a stay at Hotel Krafft is all about comfort and perfect leisure, where staff tailor their approach to each guest ensuring that all of the guests’ needs are met.