I spent one night at the hostel, and while in there I was not happy with it. It was not easy to find, and the sign at entrance is not obvious at night. Tip for newcomers: find the tower by the river, and then look for a sign on a plaque looking roughly like some stylised Youth Hostel symbol, and follow the direction.
The hostel is quite expensive and not very pleasant in comparison to other Youth Hostels. There is no decoration or anything to make you feel at home or in a welcoming, relaxing, warm atmosphere. The social area is quite formal/cold, and furniture is like of some office cafeteria, making you feel you are back to work and about to join in business meetings.
There is no microwave or any structure to eat if you want to buy something at the nearby supermarket.
I was amazed to find that most books and all of available touristic info was in German.
Shared bathrooms are very small, few, and not comfortable.
I was doubly amazed to find that showers are located at the middle of the common corridor, meaning that you will have to bathe and try to relax while listening to people chatting coming and going, and will have to leave shower, wet and not quite ready, directly to meet people arriving at the corridor. Oh, they provide you no towel.
Shared bedroom were the worst, I felt like sleeping in jail: rooms are small brick chambers full of whole with pieces of wood and metal beds (very creaky, not comfortable), and there is a sink that looks like some industrial improvised piece. Each room is equipped with an acrylic panel so that any passerby can see you sleeping or getting naked, and to let light form the corridor into the room all night. There is no sound insulation, so you can join conversation of other rooms or dream about whatever they talk about.
There are lockers in the room with keys specially designed for being immediately lost, as they are small, with no chains, and match the colours of the cold ground. I have lost mine while dealing with the bed linen, and took almost an hour to locate it. Wifi does not work from rooms, and when you finally decide to go down to the common "office cafeteria" area you will find that you must have your mobile handy to use activate your access; then after you swear and go for it and come back again with it, will find that the system will connect you anyway after 15 mins. Breakfast was OK.
You only get access to your room after 15h and must leave before 10h, which maybe wasn't too bad considering how much I was enjoying myself.
Now, upon leaving the hostel things get much better. They give you a free transport card during your stay, and the tram stop is very near, and it is easy and quick to get to places from there and back. There are lockers (if you are quick to get one available) for leaving your luggage while exploring the amazing city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This youth hostel is a showpiece. The architects Buchner & Brundler signify innovative and modern architecture. New features are combined with existing aspects in Basel. Together with the construction of the youth hostel, the architects were also responsible for the Swiss Pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai. An international orientation like youth hostels is therefore also normal for the architects. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jugendherberge Sjh Basel Hotel Basel