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Apaliving Basel - Budget Hotel
Ranked #40 of 51 Hotels in Basel
Basel, Switzerland
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95 reviews
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“A nice place”
Reviewed 17 May 2014 via mobile

I stayed in this hotel for few nights on a business trip. I had a single room and it was very spacious, clean and nice. The bed was small but comfortable. The bathroom was also quite big and clean. I had a fridge in the room and also water heater and some tea bags. The location is very good, near to the train station and it has also the tram station few mins away. There is a supermarket and a bakery few minutes away also. The reception only works certain hours, so you need a code for the door. Anyway people of the reception were nice. The only thing I would say is that 100 euro per night for me is not a budget hotel. I usually pay that much and stay in a much better hotel. But then again, its Switzerland, so also budget has a completely different meaning there.

Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 May 2014 via mobile

Radiator piping hot with no control to turn it down. A messy entrance due to lack of staffing. I agree that this is not really what constitutes a hotel, more just a block of apartments. The room itself is immaculate and simple but I'm glad it is for only one night. Too warm in here.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

This is a basic no frills hotel. Receptionist was helpful and friendly. The accommodation was very clean and acceptable. Easy to use local metro system with which you receive a free pass on arrival. I would use again but for no more than 2 nights. Wifi perfect.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 February 2014

I have stayed several times when working in Basel (booked by my company) and I can't say more than it is 'OK'. It certainly doesn't have the hotel feel about it, especially if you arrive out of hours. The rooms are clean and a decent size, but they are very basic - I am never in a rush to get back there! If you are looking for a basic place to stay for a resonable, (compared to other Swiss prices!), cost then Apaliving could suit you. Just don't expect a restaurant, bar, daily cleaning or anything else you might associate with a regular hotel stay.

Room Tip: The double rooms do not feel quite as basic as the singles
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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Basel, Switzerland
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Reviewed 17 January 2014

The "Apalivin" word conveys an image of "apart-hotel", but I was not convinced. It is more "budget" hotel. The 2 receptionists were not welcoming and seemed annoyed at being disturbed when I approached the front desk. They never greeted me first or made me feel at home. They queen bed is a double bed, there was no microwave to heat a meal, they provided a morning coffee capsule, but no milk. I do not plan to return there and would not recommend this place for the money!!!!!!

Room Tip: Dont go there. There are other deals to be had in Basel
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

Having read a few negative reviews on here, we weren't too sure how it would go at Apaliving. Luckily we did our homework - mainly thanks to fellow Trip Advisors' reviews - and sorted out our Door & Room codes before we arrived, so no hassles during check in.
The Hotel is more like an apartment block and I think they have a mix of long and short-term guests. We found staff to be very nice. They only work office hours though, so plan to have to sort your own stuff out at times.
The hotel is about 8min walking from Basel SBB main railway station and we found the place very easily. In the area near the hotel there was no shortage of shops, supermarkets, eateries (we basically ONLY ate at Sutter, a lovely cafe which also sells SALADS, pastries and pastas) and tram stations.

The room was larger than expected, like a wee flat, but without the kitchen. The room was clean and fairly well furnished (lots of storage place AND a fridge where we kept our own perishable food). WIFI was available and worked well, however they have a system where you need to go online and request a new password every hour (this is sentto your cellphone at no cost, I think) but can be a painful experience.

Bathroom OK, hot water and water pressure OK also. Despite being quite a big place, we slept soundly every night.

All in all, as long as you know you're not checking in into an actual hotel, and you're OK with it, it's probably worth the money you spend as you have a chance to store your food, you're very central and you can use their washing machines and dryers in the basement. Please note that whilst this service is provided free of charge, it took us over 3 hours to dry (medium size) load, which was ridiculous. I think this was due to 2 out of 3 dryers not working properly.

CHF 150 per night was probably more than we should have paid, hence 3/5 for VALUE, but quite happy with what we got regardless.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 September 2013 via mobile

Considering most motels and hotels near the SBB rail station are CHF200 or more, this was a steal. I traveled alone and found the room to be perfectly adequate. Sure, the TV is small and only has one English Channel. Sure there's no AC. But the hotel is within walking distance to SBB, grocery stores, restaurants, etc. 2 tram stations are nearby to bring you into the old city (Altstadt) for free (they give you a mobility card at check in.) If you send them an email prior to arrival, they provide door entry code and code to get your room key. They will even store your luggage during reception hours (7-5:30 during weekdays). Convenience without cost! My only negative would be the hard bed which I found difficult to sleep on since I like soft mattresses. Book this place already!

  • Stayed September 2013
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Property: Apaliving Basel - Budget Hotel
Address: J. J. Balmer-Strasse 1 | 4053 Basel, Basel 4053, Switzerland (Formerly Appartementhaus Gundeli-Park)
Region: Switzerland > Canton of Basel > Basel
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Ranked #40 of 51 Hotels in Basel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Apaliving Basel - Budget Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 180
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
APALIVING offers near the center of Basel a pleasant, quiet living for the best value for money. In a few minutes by bus or tram you are at the train station SBB (2 minutes), in the city center (6 minutes), at the fair (9 minutes) or at the St. Jakob stadium (7 minutes). The stations are two minutes’ walk away from the hotel.180 rooms in two categories are available. Laundry facilities and WIFI access are free of charge. An ironing station can be used during reception opening hours. If you arrive outside reception hours (on weekdays from 5.30pm, on weekend and on holidays), please use our self-check-in automat to the right of the hotel entrance. ... more   less 
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Appartementhaus Gundeli-Park Hotel Basel

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