I came during Fasnacht which is a time when Basel is generally full. I know Basel very well as I lived there for a time back in the 70s. It was my first hostel stay ever so I have nothing to compare it with. As Basel goes, it might be a BIT hard to find but it is just down the hill from the St. Alban-Tor, near the old paper mill, but really not THAT hard to find! Every hotel in Basel give's one a public transportation pass good for their entire stay which is worth its weight in gold! The breakfast was wonderful and when you consider that Basel is quite expensive this was a bargain to have breakfast included. Now had my husband been along, we probably could have stayed together at a regular budget hotel for not much more. I loved the great mix of guests of all ages--note YOUTH doesn't really describe who comes these days LOL! I am 61 and the majority of those there were my age and even older. The bed linen was quite comfortable I thought. I brought my own towel--knowing the old-timey Swiss ways in advance. I knew one could "rent" a towel but why bother? The place was spotless. The bathrooms were spotless too. I saw a few things that I can't "unsee" too LOL. Europeans are a bit less uninhibited that Americans--they might walk down the hall in their underwear only or covered only in front with a towel...the desk staff were multilingual and very friendly although I can speak German, Spanish and in addition to my native English. I enjoyed the old-warehouse atmosphere. The reading material was in German because Switzerland is a German-speaking country!!
- 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