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Hotel Munchnerhof
Ranked #43 of 52 Hotels in Basel
Reviewed 9 December 2006

Stayed for 3 nights in Nov 06. Hotel is well located opposite the conference centre and the German railway ststion (not the Swiss one - be careful). Rooms are spotless but there is no air conditioning but as was it was winter there was no need for it when we went. There was a bit of noise from the street outside so I can imagine that in the summer months you leave the window closed and roast or leave it open and get no sleep.

There is a restaurant on the ground floor with we ate at and had 2 nice meals. Breakfast was the usual continental cheese, ham, fruit etc with rolls. You get a tourist card for the duration of your stay which entitles you to travel on all the buses and trams in the city with enables you to explore.

Basel is great with loads of markets and fairs almost at every square. Loads of restaurants but not many bars where you can just go for a drink or get a quick toastie or something for lunch.

Make the effort to go to the top of the cathedral for a fantastic view and take the tram tour of the city with your tourist card.

Would definately recommend the hotel and the city for a 3/4 day break.

  • Stayed: November 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 November 2006

I have just returned from Basel and whilst there I stayed at the Munchnerhof Swiss Q Hotel, which is located very close to the Exhibiton Centre. I found the staff to be extremely helpful and very pleasant. My friends and I arrived very late at the hotel (11pm) and they offered to re-open the kitchen so we could get some dinner, even though it had closed at 10.30pm.
The room and bathroom were very clean, just as you would expect from the Swiss and the bedroom furniture was new and the room contained everything we needed.
All the staff from the receptionists to waiting staff to the room maids made the stay very enjoyable and were very helpful with regard to places to visit, eat and drink.
At the end of the day though, it is a budget hotel, so please don't be expecting the Ritz, but if you go with realistic expectations you won't be dissapointed. We would definately use this hotel again.

  • Stayed: November 2006, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 August 2006

This hotel was a last minute choice we made from the airport, as we had to stay in Basel overnight (7th July) due to a connecting flight early the next day. To be honest, I didn't like this place at all. The actual hotel room was ok, but it was a stinking hot day & there was no air conditioning. The window only opened from the top, so it allowed no breeze in at all. We had to have it opened in the hope of some cooler air coming in during the night. But it didn't & not only that, the room faced the street & it was a Friday night & the pub a couple of doors down obviously stays open 'till the wee hours & we had to put up with listening to people carry on until about 3am. We were lucky if had got 2 hours sleep that night. I also think the hotel is located in a seedy part of the town, as when we walked down the road to get something to eat, we passed 3 sex shops! There is also no fridge in the room, so we had to keep getting ice from reception for our drinks, which they started to get quite annoyed about. I think that around CHF200 per night (for a triple) is way overpriced for this hotel. It was actually the most expensive place we stayed in & almost the worst.

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Reviewed 24 June 2006

We were looking for budget accomodations in Basel, and this hotel had both an attractive rate and location. It is a block from the convention center, along a row of bars and cafe's across the river about ten blocks from the old section of Basel. It is extremely well served by tramlines, the 6 goes to the center of the city in five minutes (and to the outstanding Foundation Beyeler museum 10 minutes the other way), and the 2 goes to the train station SSB where you catch the airport bus. We received a "Mobility Pass" on check-in that made the tram-rides free.

The hotel is located in a row of sidewalk bars and cafes: there is street noise in the room from the trams and people in the bars, but it dies down by midnight (unless Switzerland wins a World Cup game, then it goes all night!). The bars are convenient and friendly and it's nice to sit out in them and talk near the hotel.

The rooms are basic, but clean and comfortable. There is extensive cable TV with English news and entertainment channels, and ethernet internet connections into the room. (The speed is throttled, though, and you get access by buying time at the front desk: 15 CHF for 4 hours of connect time: free access if you use the terminal in the lobby). Local calls were free. The bathroom was moderately sized and the shower had adequate hot water with light pressure. The biggest drawback was the lack of air conditioning: it was really hot and we had to leave the window open all the time.

The hotel offers breakfast for 10 CHF per person: the meal is served from 6 am to 10 am and includes a good selection of cereal, cheeses, meats, and breads, plus soft-boiled eggs, juice, fruit, and yougurt. They bring coffee and tea: it's a good deal since you have to spend 2.50 CHF for coffee on the street and 2.50 CHF more for an apple strudle.

Staff is at the desk 24 hours: they were always there with a smile and a greeting. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly: they gave us an adapter plug for our stay at no charge, let us try the internet before having to pay for it, allowed us to use the ironing facility in the maid's area, and gave very accurate advice about getting around the city.

Overall, this is a good, clean, friendly budget accomodation with excellent transportation connections and a good breakfast. The rooms can be hot and the internet is slow: street noise may be a problem is you are a light sleeper and need to leave the window open.

Temporary Note: The hotel is undergoing extensive renovation in the lobby: the workmen are only there between 8 am and 5 pm, but they are busy throughout the day. This also affects the hotel restaurant this summer. I think that it is going to make the facilities much nicer on the ground floor when they are finished, and it had no impact on our stay.

  • Stayed: June 2006, travelled on business
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Reviewed 26 May 2006

This is very much a budget hotel. The room was clean but the bathroom was very small; just enough room for a shower cubicle , sink and toilet. But, again, it was spotlessly clean.
Apart from breakfast we did not eat at the hotel preferring instead to try the local restaurants. Breakfast consisted of the usual bread rolls, cereals, cold meats, cheese etc.
The hotel bar looked uninviting but there are other bars nearby, including the Piano Bar, if you want a night cap.
The best thing about Basel is the tram system. It is free, very efficient and very clean. If you get fed up of the city sights just jump a tram to the end of the line and hop on and off as many times as you like.
Thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and would recommend the hotel as a reasonable budget place to stay. However, if you're the sort who prefers to be pampered then look elsewhere.

  • Stayed: May 2006
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Reviewed 8 January 2006

This hotel is in a perfect location if you are attending a conference in Basel. For us, we were just sightseeing and the hotel was convenient to access using the city tram (free for tourists). The room was the smallest one we've ever seen during our Switzerland trip and looks like it was furnished by IKEA (I don't mean that in a bad way). Overall the room was clean. I would say that the biggest problem with this accomodation was the incredibly thin walls and ceilings. We could hear our neighbor talking all night which is fine, however I was actually awaken by the sound of loud snoring across the walls. Also in the morning, there was a strong smoking odor in our room. I'm not sure where it came from but it was very unpleasant.

Okay, the bad is over now. The hotel has friendly staff, lots of stuff in walking distance including Switzerland's tallest building which you can go up to the bar on the top and get a nice view of the city. 3-4 tram lines run to the hotel so you're never waiting long. The hotel staff even let me cancel a night of reservation with less than 24 hours notice (I cancelled due to change of travel plans, not because of the hotel).

Just to put this hotel in perspective, it was the worse of the three I stayed at during my Switzerland trip. Make sure you get a good price and I would say it's okay.

  • Stayed: December 2005
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Reviewed 11 August 2004

Have been spending a lot of time in Europe, and I have come to appreciate hotels such as this: reasonably priced, comfortable, clean (most important to me) and friendly staff that makes me feel important (I am not.) A full breakfast was included in the price of the room. When we were there, they were also offering free local transportation on trams. As a result, we ate in Germany one night, France the next, and didn't pay a cent to get to either place. I would stay at this hotel again.

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Address: Riehenring 75, Basel 4058, Switzerland (Formerly Munchnerhof Swiss Q Hotel)
Region: Switzerland > Canton of Basel > Basel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #43 of 52 Hotels in Basel
Price Range: £58 - £113 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Munchnerhof 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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