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“The hostel is really not good but it is very practical”
Review of Basel Youth Hostel

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Basel Youth Hostel
Ranked #5 of 16 Speciality Lodging in Basel
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

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.

Room Tip: Bigger rooms on the backside seemed much more comfortable however must be more expensive. I would ha...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

It's a big building simple but comfy. Good breakfast and affordable lunch and dinner. Room spacious and clean. Close by town centre. Friendly and helpful staff. Wireless only at the community area. Recommended for all.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 February 2014

Silent, clean, full of services, near city centre and Rhein, spacious, friendly service, good breakfast, not so cheap (but cheap for Switzerland), free WiFi, new.
They give you the Mobility Pass (free use for public city transport) at your arrival.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 December 2013

Was in Basel for two nights for a conference. This hostel was perfect for a young, solo traveller like me. I shared with 2 other people in a 4-bed room. The room was quiet; the bed was reasonably comfortable; the toilet was clean; the shower worked well; the breakfast was adequate; hostel décor was simple yet modern; and the staff was nice and helpful. Great to have free WiFi in the lobby. Location is great; only a few tram stops to my conference venue and a few more stops to the city centre. Not a place for romantic, but perfect for backpackers and young travellers.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

Reasonably priced for Basel and in a great location. We stayed in a double room and found the industrial design very nice. The hostel itself is an old building converted with an industrial theme lots of concrete but it works very well. The breakfast buffet is very generous and they also offer a very reasonable 3 course evening meal if you wish to pay (I'd recommend it very cheap compared to the rest of Basel) There is a nice outdoor terrace next to a little river and you can also get a pint for a price that doesn't make you gulp!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank GaryJK5
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

In theory,the hostel had everything we needed- it was clean, in a lovely location, staff were nice... However we paid a lot (£35 each?) for a bunk-bed in a 8 bed room, which is the same as we paid in hotels in other cities in Europe. We woke up to a knock on the door before 11am asking us to check-out, which for the price seemed a little ridiculous, having checked in late the previous evening and not arrived back until 5am!

It's a lovely family hotel, but not a travellers budget hostel as advertised, in price or atmosphere. Backpackers avoid, families enjoy!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

Nice and clean room, and very abundant breakfast.
The price is probably high for an hostel in non-Swiss standars, but it's very good looking at a standard hotel in Basel.
An unlimited tram/bus ticket is given for the whole stay, and that makes you save a LOT of money and trouble.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Mizzyyy
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Additional Information about Basel Youth Hostel

Address: St. Alban-Kirchrain 10 | 4052 Basel, Basel 4052, Switzerland
Region: Switzerland > Canton of Basel > Basel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 16 Speciality Lodging in Basel
Price Range: £33 - £169 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Basel Youth Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 66
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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