When I arrived in Basel, I discovered the Hotel City Inn was located in the Hotel Euler. After checking in, the bell man led me to my room through what seemed a maze of hallways, then up one floor in an elevator and finally up two flights of stairs. I'm not sure who was sweating more, me or the bell man. When I inquired about a room that didn't require climbing two flights of stairs, I was told it would cost more. I declined.
The room, being on the top floor, was warm and for me required turning on the AC in order to sleep at night. The next morning, when it came time to take a shower proved a bit of a challenge because of the location of the sink and the design of the shower door in the small bathroom.
There were times when I was leaving or returning to the room and I lost track of where I was, turning in the wrong place or forgetting I needed to get on the elevator.
While the room was clean and nicely decorated, it just required too much work to get to. The Hotel City Inn, to my mind, seems poorly thought out. No one should have to go through that much effort to get to their room. Knowing Basel better now, I would stay in a livelier part of town next time, instead of near the train station.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The City Inn is a stylish boutique hotel, totally renovated in 2011, in a contemporary art decor. This 3 star hotel is located adjacent to the Hotel Euler, a traditional 4 star hotel; they both belong to the Manz Family. The City Inn has 30 non-smooking rooms, 8 of which are deluxe. Some rooms include separate living areas and a terrace. We kindly advise that not all of the rooms do have an elevator access. All services offered to the Hotel Euler guests are also available to the City Inn guests, for instance free WIFI internet access, Video on Demand TV and breakfast buffet. A Starbucks coffee shop, located at the entrance of the building, completes the food and beverage choice.If you are looking to spend a nice weekend with your girlfriend or if you are on a business trip, the City Inn in Basel is the perfect hotel in the right location. ... more less
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