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“Very Cool Hotel in the Heart of Basel's Old Town”

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Hotel Brasserie Au Violon
Ranked #35 of 51 Hotels in Basel
Westminster, Colorado
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160 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Very Cool Hotel in the Heart of Basel's Old Town”
Reviewed 13 May 2012

The hotel used to be a prison and the rooms are reminiscent of jail cells with their spartan furnishings. The old wooden floors creak reminding you of their age. There is a lovely garden restaurant but be sure to reserve a table when you check in. Parking is off site, remember to ask for a parking ticket from the hotel to get a discounted rate. The clerk who checked us in neglected to give it to us and the hotel refused to give us a credit upon check out. The breakfast was okay and served in a very austere room in keeping with the rest of the hotel's decor. There is an elevator from the street level taking you directly into reception. The setting of the hotel is next to a church and you have to pass over the church square to get to the hotel if you don't take the elevator.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2012

This is an interesting property that was narrowly saved from the wrecking ball. It is obvious that a lot of thought and creativity went into the renovation of this very old property.

We found the desk clerks eager to assist, very knowledgeable and conversant in English.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Lilongwe, Malawi
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42 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2012

We stayed here for four nights before Xmas. The location was perfect for enjoying the Xmas markets. The rooms are simple, some might say spartan, but overall the hotel was our favorite during our entire 4 weeks of travel. Staff gave great bar/restaurant recommendations.

  • Stayed December 2011
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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

I love this hotel. It has so much character with old wooden floors and a glass lift inside a tower, which takes you from the street below upto reception. The welcome at reception was warm and friendly. The room facilities maybe basic comparred to the chain hotels, but the rooms are comfortable and clean. The location is very central and close to the shops, restaurants, bars and a main tram stop. If you are not able bodied then you would find it difficult to enter the hotel, buy either the glass lift in the side street or the steps to the front door.

Room Tip: The rooms in the old police have a fantastic view over the square, which is especially nice when the...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled on business
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Houston
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2011

We spent 2 nights in Basel at this wonderful, historic hotel after a Rhine cruise, and it was the nicest surprise of our trip. The hotel was a former jailhouse. Everything about it was charming and even better than we had expected. A highlight was the food. Dinner in the Brasserie was outstanding, and the restaurant was cozy and intimate. Try the boeuf bourguignon if it is on the menu. Breakfast included freshly baked bread and pastries, meats, cheeses, homemade jams, etc.--all of the highest quality. It was quite possibly the best hotel breakfast we have had in a very long time. Their website is informative, so give it a look.

The hotel overlooks a small plaza with good eateries and tram stops on main lines that take you just about anywhere you might want to go in Basel. It is also within easy walking distance from the cathedral, the Rathaus, and the river. The rooms are small but very comfortable and pleasantly decorated. The doorways into the rooms are rather short (my husband had to watch carefully to avoid bumping his head), and they show how thick the jail cell walls were--easily a foot thick. The staff were very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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founex
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2011

It is a very nice hotel located in the old town of Basel, which is one of the nicest old town I have ever seen. The building is 150 years old, wooden floors, old lifts, direct view on the Munster, etc... however the cleaning is light and the pillows are too soft to our taste.
The restaurant is great: brasserie style, light and delicious food, and last but not least a wonderful terrass, below the trees, in a yard, close to a fountain an the walls of the old town.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Fort Worth, TX
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2011

Had we stayed here on another trip, it might have earned a better report: up against hotels with better service, amenities, and/or style, this seemed so-so--and very expensive. Once we found it (its elevator is tucked into a side alley with poor signage), we found our room comfortable and decent-sized. Its location is close to shops and restaurants in the old town of Basel and near a tram stop. Service was ok--couldn't find my reservation at first, was cordial but not overly friendly. We stayed here before a flight home from Basel (the airport is easily reached by bus from town), and neither Basel nor Hotel au Violon made our list of trip highlights.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Brasserie Au Violon
Address: Im Lohnhof 4, Basel 4051, Switzerland
Region: Switzerland > Canton of Basel > Basel > Altstadt
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #35 of 51 Hotels in Basel
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Monsieur Philippe Maire and his team are happy to welcome you into the small, history rich and elegant hotel brasserie au violon. You’ll love the unique character of this former jailhouse, which has been converted into a charming hotel and lively brasserie. Thanks to its superb location in the heart of the old town, welcoming staff and good value for money, au violon is a special place to stay that offers its guests a wonderful culinary experience. ... more   less 
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