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hotel brasserie au violon
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

This place was a prison years ago and the cells have been converted into hotel rooms. Rooms have operable windows for fresh air. Bath and storage are sufficient. Breakfast is included and quite pleasant. The hotel is actually entered from two areas. One is the courtyard of the music museum/ church. The other in entered thru an elevator using a special code, from town street level. It's probably a 5-6 story rise. Excellent way to immediately get to all the action.
Otherwise very quiet up in the courtyard. The brasserie is very popular and again a tranquil setting.
So highly recommend this place.

Room Tip: Two of us were in "cell block 7"
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank M W
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

It's a real aventure for little money. In the center of town but very quiet. There are no extra's but this is the real prison feeing. Even the key is very special.
Restaurant is very nice and in summer there is a nice garden with big trees to sit under.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled on business
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1  Thank Alice E
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

This is an interesting place! It is a former police station and someone had reserved a room for me in the former cell complex. Two cells were made into one small room with a limited view on a courtyard. There was neither phone nor TV, so it felt a bit isolated. Very clean, impeccable service at reception.The breakfast is fine, but the lady who worked there simply 'looked me out of the room' when I was the last guest.The restaurant is fine: good food and nice interior, although somewhat pricy. It is run by Frenchmen who are not fluent in German. All in all next time I would stay in one of the better rooms.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 13 January 2013

We had a fairly long business dinner at the restaurant associated with Hotel Brasserie au Violon. I speak reasonably fluent German, but at times struggled to understand our waiter who spoke VERY Swiss German. It was an amusing interaction. The food was very good, perhaps a bit expensive, but overall, I was happy with the quality and service. It is a tricky place to find, as the main entrance is an almost unmarked elevator entrance just off the main tram depot/interchange.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled on business
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2  Thank stubby_galavant
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Reviewed 5 October 2012

This hotel was quaint and provided great directions on how we would need to get there from the airport. Reception staff were very pleasant. The room in the C category was clean and minimalist, no TV. nice view of the lovely courtyard. bathroom was tight, but thats nothing new in Europe. it was very very clean!! we did not eat there, but breakfast smelled great! the hotel is near the town hall historic site and great shopping. if we had more time in Basel, i would have probably gotten a better category room, but the one we had was perfect for our needs. the fact it was a converted prison was an added bonus! Thanks for being easy to do business with!

Room Tip: if you will be there for more than one night i suggest you dont pick a Cat C room, as it is bare bones, but servicable.
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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