This hotel is really very good, stayed there for almost a week due to business I was attending, the price is not low, but I guess all the hotels in Switzerland are expensive as is anything else...don't expect a lot of room, I stayed in a single room and got a single bed, not even queen, that was actually pretty new to me. The rooms a very simple. There is a tiny desk, a tiny bathroom and a tiny closet, the double room has more space but this converts in more open space only.
The hotel is former monastery, still you see a lot of church like activities and rooms. There are a lot of conference rooms, there is a tiny gym, for running I'd suggest running outside though, for example along the river Rhein which is pretty close.
The breakfast has the same set up every day, but there is enough variation to change. The bread, the cheese are fresh and really good! This breakfast made my day! There is a coffee room (nescafe) on the 4th floor. With a computer room. There is free wifi, which was a fast internet, no problem for me to log on onto the company VPN. Very important. Yo don't get kicked of the internet after 1 minute of not using it, also comfortable. The shower is fantastic, it is a very basic shower, but the water warm, the pressure good, no exception. Staff is very helpful, my wife came in for one night, meaning you have to get another room, I was transferred to another room, for double occupancy, this was no problem, I could be out, my suitcase was moved to the other room and all well settled.
Take into account, if you have the reservation with this or any other hotel in Basel, print it out and you can use this for public transport. In the hotel they will give you a free public transport pass as well, but when you try to get to the hotel, you can use the printed reservation. For example I took busline 50 (airport Basel to SBB) and then busline 30 to the hotel (stop spalentor which is 100 m from the hotel), this saved me 38 euros (cost taxi, airport Basel to hotel). Basel is not too big, the old centre, which is very nice, is right around the corner, all is in walking distance.
Basically, I had a very pleasant stay in this hotel, I would recommend it, however if you are looking for something luxurious, this will probably not be your first choice. It is not the kind of hotel you could stay in inside all day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 1890s could be a strict era for children, and this is when a certain missionary family child, the future writer and Nobel laureate, Hermann Hesse, roamed our park. We imagine it was prohibited for young children to snack on the grapes and berries in the park at the time. But it seems equally likely that young Hermann ignored the restrictions. He already had a well-earned reputation as a rebel. So, if during autumn in our park a red-cheeked apple smiles at you, give in to its innocent seduction, just as Hermann would! And during the rest of the year we will lead you into further modest temptations because we are enthusiastic about our park and want to share this with all our guests. During the warm seasons we invite the ice cream man into our park, and when it is cold the roast chestnut vendor, so you can indulge in these little treats too. And if, as has happened with many other guests, attending one of our events gives you food or refreshment ideas for your next reception or barbecue, please come see us. In our park, a thousand and one such dreams can come true. PS: Throughout our park, no chemical insecticides or herbicides are used. Instead, all the fruit is grown using only certified organic cultivation methods and substances. And if you rest for a while on one of our cosy park benches, you will share your time with many birds and butterflies. ... more less
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