Basel is a lovely city in northwestern Switzerland right on the border with France and Germany. It is rather beautiful sitting on the Rhine River and is home to around 160,000 people making it the third most populated Swiss city.
Basel’s history dates back thousands of years to the time of ancient humans, and it makes sense considering its location on the Rhine River.
Today it is a very creative city filled with artists and the like and is known for having more museums per person than any other city in Europe. It is also home to the world’s oldest public art gallery, now the Kunstmuseum.
It is safe to say that you will have a lovely time when visiting Basel but where should you stay while you are there? That is what we are here to find out!
Join me as I run through the best hotels in Basel, Switzerland so that you can find the perfect place to stay on your upcoming trip to this lovely city.
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Hotel Victoria is one of the best Basel hotels to stay in and this is not just because it is a lovely hotel but also thanks to its location in the city center.
Everything Basel has to offer such as the town hall and Basel Zoo along with the train station is just a short walk away which makes exploring incredibly convenient.
The hotel has a lovely decor that is both classical and modern. Think marble floors and chandeliers. The rooms and suites are equally as lovely and are extremely comfortable plus are kitted out with all the modern touches you need, some even have a great view of the city.
The hotel is also home to the stylish restaurant, La Terrasse, and it is well worth having dinner here as the chefs make some incredible Swiss and international dishes. You can also hang out at the bar and order a snack if you are in need of something light.
To top it all off, the hotel also has a fitness center, business center, meeting rooms and lots more for you to use during your stay.
GAIA Hotel Basel
GAIA Hotel Basel is right next door to Hotel Victoria we just looked at above, meaning you will be staying in an excellent location in the city center if you pick either one of them. Again, everything is within walking distance including the Basel Minster, the Kunstmuseum Basel, and the Rhine River.
This is a 4-star hotel and one of the few Basel hotels that are sustainable, hence the name Gaia, and is fully organic, plus it is a family run. I love finding little gems to stay at like this, it is nice to see people taking an active approach.
All the rooms at this hotel are rather modern with a minimalist decor while being very spacious and comfortable. Some of them have views of Basel’s old town or the Rhine River, so be sure to book one of these.
The hotel serves up a mean organic and locally sourced breakfast buffet each morning that you do not want to miss. After a long day, you can hit the full-service spa for a range of treatments or relax in the sauna or steam room.
There is a fitness center onsite too along with a business center and meeting facilities too.
Overall, this is one of the top Basel hotels in my opinion and it is where I would choose to stay when visiting Basel.
Movenpick Hotel Basel
The Movenpick Hotel Basel is a lovely 4-star hotel in the heart of Basel. It is not far from the main train station, like the Basel hotels above, so everything is within walking distance from the town hall to the river and more.
You can choose to book a room or a suite when staying at this hotel, all of which are super comfy, have a lot of space, and come with modern amenities too.
This hotel also has everything you need onsite to have a lovely stay. You can relax at the spa which has a range of treatments available as well as a steam room and sauna.
There is a delightful restaurant and bar which serves up great cocktails as well as excellent food. If you are missing your workouts during your stay, hit the fitness center and if you need to do some work, there is a business center and meeting rooms at your disposal.
Hotel Marthof is a lovely boutique hotel in Basel and one of the best hotels to stay at if you want to be in the heart of things. It is a stone’s throw away from the Rhine River, town hall, and the Kunstmuseum Basel plus there are lots of shops, bars, and restaurants just down the street.
It has everything you could need to have a wonderful stay. All the rooms are individually decorated in a very elegant style and are very comfortable too.
In the evenings, hanging out at the on-site bar is a great way to meet travelers and the breakfast buffet each morning is pretty awesome.
Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois
Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois is right on the banks of the Rhine River and is one of the oldest Basel hotels in the city. This is a luxurious 5-star hotel that pretty much has it all in my opinion.
Sitting on the hotel terrace enjoying views of the river is something you do not want to miss. It is also home to its own restaurant which has 3 Michelin stars and 19 Gault Millau points, so dining there during your stay is a must.
You can choose from suites or rooms, some of which overlook the river and all of which are spacious and beautifully decorated.
Once you have checked in, you are within walking distance of everything Basel has to explore. If you want to relax, hit the spa or have a refreshing drink at the hotel bar.
If you want some luxury in the heart of Basel, this is one of the Basel hotels to consider booking.
Nomad Design & Lifestyle Hotel
The Nomad Design & Lifestyle Hotel is another great boutique hotel that is near the SBB train station. Like a lot of hotels in Basel, it is pretty much a walk away from everything you want to see including the town hall, river, and a lot of museums.
Being a “design hotel” it is known for its entertainment and themed concepts, unlike most hotels, and these designs are also featured in the modern, spacious, and comfortable rooms.
As you would expect, there is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel along with a 24-hour fitness center, and sauna for you to use during your stay. There is also a lovely restaurant and bar at the hotel too!
Der Teufelhof Basel
Der Teufelhof Basel is one of the more unique hotels in Basel and this is thanks to how the rooms have been designed.
There are a total of 33 rooms in the hotel and these are split between gallery rooms which have rotating exhibitions and are super stylish. Or, you can choose to stay in the art rooms, each of which has been designed to be its own individual piece of artwork. No matter which room you stay in, you will be surrounded by creativity.
The hotel also has two restaurants for you to choose from, one of which has a Michelin Star. There is also a wine shop, a theater that hosts different shows, and lots more for you to enjoy during your stay.
Located in the heart of Basel, you can walk to all the great sights including the town hall, galleries, museums, and the river.
The Steinenschanze Stadthotel is one of the more popular hotels as it is quite an affordable hotel in Basel. Like most hotels in Basel, it has a very central location which means you can walk to most of the great things the city has to offer.
All the rooms are tastefully decorated and spacious, and some even come with a private terrace or balcony overlooking the city.
Every booking comes with a delicious free breakfast. You can hang out in the hotel’s lovely garden, plus there is an on-site bar and cafe where you can have a snack or a refreshing drink.
Hotel Wettstein is on the other side of the river from all the other Basel hotels featured so far. This means it is a little walk to the major sight of the city but it is a lovely stroll as you will cross the river.
It is a 3-star hotel and all the rooms have recently been refurbished and are very beautifully done. It does not have as many facilities as the more expensive hotels we have looked at but the breakfast each morning is excellent, there is free wifi, and Basel has you covered when it comes to everything else.
Basel Marriott Hotel
Basel Marriott Hotel is another great option if you are looking for some luxury during your time in Basel.
It is a huge 4-star hotel with over 200 rooms, ranging from a standard room to suites. All have recently been refurbished with excellent interiors and are very comfy.
This hotel has a ton of facilities for you to enjoy including the M Club Lounge with complimentary refreshments throughout the day. Along with this, you will also find a fitness center, business center, meeting rooms, and more.
Sitting in the heart of Basel, you can pretty much walk to all the great things you might want to see in this beautiful city.
Sorell Hotel Merian
Sorell Hotel Merian is a lovely hotel in Basel right on the river. The views across the river from some of the rooms are quite spectacular. Being riverside, it is also a short stroll away from the best of what Basel has to offer.
This is a 4-star hotel and you can choose to book a range of rooms or suites during your stay. Both the rooms and suites are very spacious and beautifully decorated too!
There is free WiFi throughout the hotel as you would expect along with a great restaurant that serves up international delicacies and there is a fun bar to hang out in too.
Every morning you will find a delicious buffet breakfast laid out for you to start the day strong before hours of exploring beautiful Basel.
Hyperion Hotel Basel
Hyperion Hotel Basel is another wonderful hotel in the city center of Basel and it is a wonderful place to stay as it has a balance of location, affordability, and luxury all in one.
Its location is the perfect place to explore Basel from, everything is within walking distance and it has excellent public transport links too!
You can choose to book a room or suite, the suites are pretty incredible and come with views of the river, as do some of the rooms.
You will find a lovely restaurant at the hotel serving up international cuisine and the bar serves a great selection of cocktails too.