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“My New Basel Home” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Locanda

Hotel Locanda
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Hotel Locanda
Ranked #44 of 51 Hotels in Basel
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“My New Basel Home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014

I've been going to the Basel Watch Fair for nearly 30 years, and have stayed in approximately 20 different places, including commuting from Zurich. This small, family-run hotel was short on frills but long on personality and customer service. I've already booked us for next year.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank NormanMMiller
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Morristown, New Jersey
Level Contributor
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014

I have been traveling to Basel for 30 years for the BaselWorld watch fair and stayed in many different hotels along the way. This year, i stayed at Hotel Locanda --a very small, no-frills hotel. The cons- as i said, small, no frills. The pros: amazingly friendly family staff, good breakfast and - best of all- a block away from the fairgrounds. Mind you, i am reluctant to post how much I liked this hotel, as I want to be able to go back again and again, but it is only fair to give credit where credit is due. The rooms are tiny, the bathrooms tinier. One pillow, one bottom sheet on the bed, no top sheet. BUT this is all forgotten shortly when one experiences the super friendly staff that always asks how to help, and when one has to walk just a few blocks to get to the fair. Again, no frills but fabulous.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Alwayswatchtraveling
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Skerries, Ireland
Level Contributor
24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2012

I stayed in Locanda for 5 days; The hotel is clean and tidy and the staff is friendly, rooms have been recently renovated so it looks nice.

Hoewever, it was extremely expensive only because it was during a very busy week in Basel, company paid but since you wouldn't even be provided with shower gel or champoo in the bathroom I think it was a proper rip off given the the facilties; I guess that is what happens when Basel is fully booked for a week...

In any case, make sure you bring your own toiletries, also there is a fridge in the room but totally empty so if you plan to stay for a few days there, you may have to go and buy what you need as you wont find it there.

Breakfast is ok but nothing special so I ended going out for breakfast every morning.

As i said clean and tidy with friendly staff but if i can choose I will stay somewhere else.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank MarisaRV
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Oldbury, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2011

I think the key thing that makes a hotel a pleasant place to be is the friendliness of the welcome. You get that at this hotel. As the other reviewers have said, its not super fancy but thats reflected in the price. You are located in the less pricey part of Basel, but it is still nice. Basel is very expensive, you can double the price of most things to get the Swiss price, but not here. I particularly liked the host, Vera. She is multi-lingual and is very nice and helpful.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank kevin w
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Anglais in France
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2007

I've stayed in lots of hotels in Basel, and the Locanda is by far the best for me. It is always spotlessly clean, there is never any traffic noise so very easy to sleep, and the location very close to Messeplatz is excellent. The rooms I've stayed in have been adequate in size, with ensuite shower and toilet, and everything seems to work OK. I have never been disturbed by noise from other guests, and the Italian family that run the place are friendly and respectful.
And at 100 CHF a night for a room, this really is a great deal.

  • Liked — Cleanliness (and the metal roll-down shutters thatmake the room completely black so great for sleeping)
  • Disliked — Smoke filled bar - but I just don't go there
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
Helpful?
1 Thank gros_panda
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Switzerland
Level Contributor
33 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2007

The Hotel Locanda is not super fancy. It isn't a luxury hotel and it doesn't offer spas and saunas. What it is, is clean, handy to town, and pretty reasonably priced.

The room I have stayed in (I have stayed there twice) is generously sized, with two double beds. The beds were comfy and the bathrooms clean. The room is very simply decorated.

Would I stay there again? Definitely. While I am fond as the next person of the five star luxury hotel experience, generally in fact all I want from a hotel is a quiet room which is decent and clean, which this hotel has always offered.

It is very close to the main streets, and very handy for the Basel conference centre. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes around, as well as a bar/restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel. (I don't know how good it may be as I have not eaten there)

Rates for hotels in Basel include a free transport ticket around town.

  • Liked — Well located, clean and cheap
  • Disliked — Car parking is a bit difficult in the area
  • Stayed December 2006
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Kiriel
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Property: Hotel Locanda
Address: Drahtzugstrasse 61, Basel 4057, Switzerland
Region: Switzerland > Canton of Basel > Basel
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Ranked #44 of 51 Hotels in Basel
Number of rooms: 25

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