Stayed here for 3 nights in December, with our main visit to Basel being for the christmas market.
Location : Excellent. The number 50 bus is free from the airport and drops you off outside hte main railway station ( Bahnhoff SBB). You walk back on yourself past the station, over a bridge and you are there. Its literally 5-10 mins. Its only a 10 min walk then into the city centre, and the number 2 and 16 trams stop right outside the hotel. There is a small corner shop and a small supermarket nearby. Location was excellent.
Rooms : We had a lovely room on the 5th floor facing the main road. To our amazement we also had a balcony!! The rooms were lovely, all brand new, spotlessly clean. There is an open wardrobe, some shelving, flat screen tv and a decent bathroom. There is no bath but a large shower which always had hot water. The TV had loads of channels, though only about 3 were in English. Note that the electrical plugs while European in plug style, are not round, and round converters will not fit. We had to loan one from the reception desk. At night the area outside was quiet and there was little noise. Only downside to the room was that the bed was very hard, and we only had one pillow each with no extra in the room. Though we did have an extra duvet. The room had decent heating and air conditioning controls.
Facilities : IBIS hotels are plain and simple and this was no exception. The reception desk was very welcoming. There is a small bar which is actually excellent value for money and much cheaper than drinking out in the town! A beer and a glass of wine was 7 Francs. In town, a beer alone would cost 7 Francs. They also do simple snacks but they are nothing special. We didnt bother with breakfast, though this was 15 Francs if you did opt for it. There are some seats and sofas within the reception area and a PC with internet. Overall it was all we needed.
Basel : 3 nights was enough in Basel. There isnt much to do there unless you like walking around museums. We visited Munster Cathedral which was really nice, we crossed the Rhine on the boats, went into France and Germany, and visited the xmas market, but with the town being so small, you can do it all in a day or two. The main language spoken is German (Swiss German) but most people speak English and the people there were friendly.
Basel itself it stupidly expensive. A coke will cost around £4, a beer £5, as for restaurants, very expensive, and surprisingly, not that many around the town unless you really hunt high and low. For a steak dinner you could expect to pay £32 for the steak, around £30 for a bottle of wine, and £10 to £15 for a desert. We opted to eat in a place called Mr Wong's for 2 nights, which was a chinese place, where they cook the food infront of you. A main course was 15 francs (around £10), and the place was very busy, no doubt because it was cheap. The food was actually ok. The Co-Op's had restaurants, where you could get a meal with drink for around 15 Francs.
Transport : Great! You get a travel pass from the hotel, which allows you to use the busses and trams for free. You can use the number 50 bus to and from the airport for free. Transport was excellent and very safe, we used it all the time.
Safety : Generally the town felt safe, though late at night, and particularly on week days and Sundays the town gets very quiet after 9pm, with groups of lads walking around. While they seem to pose no threat, we did feel a little nervous sometimes walking past them on quiet streets. In addition, the town is absolutely covered by grafitti, it is everywhere, and really spoils the place and gives areas a more threatening feel about it. We did get approached on occasion by the odd homeless person asking for money.
Overall - the IBIS was excellent, though the beds could do with being just a bit softer and not so hard but I would stay there again. As for Basel, I wouldnt return, but if you are using it as a starting point for expoloring other locations, such as France, Germany, Itlay etc. then Basel with its location and transport links is excellent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel ibis Basel Bahnhof is located right next to the main train station in Basel and is 15 minutes from Basel's EuroAirport. The city center and the zoo are just a few minutes' walk or a short tram ride away. Our hotel with 112 rooms is fully non smoking. Enjoy our friendly 24/7 reception, our generous buffet breakfast, 24/7 bar service, free wifi and webcorner, luggage room and an indoor car park (12 spaces for an extra charge)are also available. ... more less
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