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“Excellent low cost place”
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Basel Youth Hostel
Ranked #6 of 16 Speciality Lodging in Basel
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Ontario, Oregon
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Excellent low cost place”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

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!!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2014

Fine hostel. I went with a group so I can't tell you anything about the price etc. because it was payed for by the leaders.
We were there during the week before and part of Easter and there was a mix of people staying. Elder couples, families with young children and the usual backpackers. You need to be quiet after 10 o'clock but staying, talking and playing games in the lobby was fine after this time. Although there were quite a few young children I did not hear any crying/screaming etc during the night. There is free WiFi in the lobby and our room was nearly right above the reception on the 1st floor so we had WiFi in the room as well, on other parts of the floors there wasn't any.

The rooms, as well as the bathrooms and toilets, are clean. The breakfast was the usual bread with cheese/meat/jams or yoghurt with several cereals. We only had dinner at the hostel once and I was not a fan of it (picky eater), but others said it was fine, nothing super fancy though.

It's about a 5 min walk to the nearest tram stop and about 10-15 mins to the Mittlere Rheinbrücke, which is approximately the center of Basel.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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liverpool
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2014

myself and 2 friends stayed here for 4 nights last week and were happy with our choice to stay here, although this is a hostel, the place has the feel of a hotel, the location is in a lovely area of the city centre and only a 15 minute stroll to the centre of town or there is a tram stop at the top of the road, the hostel serves hot food and beer which don't cost you a fortune and the stream running alongside the beer garden makes for a nice place to sit outside on a nice day.

Hotels in Basel are very, very expensive so this place is reasonably priced considering you are in Switzerland which is an expensive country full stop, the hostel was clean, bright, well staffed, the breakfast was great and the free travel pass for public transport came in handy and saved me at least £30-£40.

I didn't have to wait once to use the numerous toilets and showers which were located on each floor, the bedrooms have an individual locker for your belongings for your added security.

All in all, if you don't want to pay the earth but want a clean and well run place to stay that is centrally located and in a lovely area of the city then look no further than here.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 6 April 2014

The location of the hostel is very good. Not too many restaurants near though. The hostel itself is a little bizarre. They say that they offer free Wifi but you can use it only in the lobby! If you pay over 100€/night for double room you expect to get connection in your room... The breakfast was nothing special, really simple. Two times we ate dinner there and it was quite good. No TV in rooms, and the bathroom door is kind of a joke. As a person from Scandinavia I'm used to high prices but this expensive accommodation with this little services i don't understand.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sao Paulo
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56 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
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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Sorrento, Italy
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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Bologna, Italy
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40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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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Property: 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 #6 of 16 Speciality Lodging in Basel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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