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Hotel Brasserie Au Violon
Ranked #35 of 51 Hotels in Basel
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Characterful and convenient”
Reviewed 1 February 2014 via mobile

Conveniently located on the edge of the old city, this characterful and quirky establishment has much to recommend. Helpful multi-lingual staff, pleasant clean spacious rooms, continental breakfast with delicious pastries. Didn't try the brasserie although locals recommended its fare. Would definitely stay there again.

Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Zuerich
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2013

Prison cells in the middle of Basel old town. A very memorable experience in a very rich in history Kloster, with many parts that can be explored and enjoyed. Comfortable and reasonable priced rooms, nice service and excellent breakfast.

Room Tip: Rooms in the cells are inside the building and are very quiet, favourite no.17. Other rooms,eg. Poli...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2013

We enjoyed staying at au Violon and liked Basel very much. While you need to switch trams once if coming from the train station, the system is so well organized it is not a big deal (assuming you do not have too much luggage) and the tram stop is very close to the entrance to the property. (Note: If you are staying here get very specific instructions as to what to do once you get off of the tram. While the hotel gives great directions as to which tram to take, etc. and the hotel is close to the tram stop, it is a little difficult to find the hotel as it is tucked down in a courtyard past a church down a narrow entryway.....) There is another way to get into and out of the hotel using an elevator, and this is very convenient, but it is even more confusing and I would not recommend that you try to find the place using that route. On the other hand, it is handy to use once you are settled. As the title suggests, the breakfast and room were very good. The staff was generally friendly and helpful, if somewhat reserved. My wife noticed a hint of an "attitude" (as you might expect in certain areas of France) once or twice, but it was not really a big deal and I would definitely return.

Room Tip: I cannot remember the number (it might be #17), but it is at the end of the hall past all of the for...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2013

The rooms of this hotel are very hot in the summer and not very spacy. The price does not match what is provided. We certainly expected more story telling, but it is nothing but a very oredenary hotel at a high price.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Sussex
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2013

We stopped off in Basel on our way home from holiday in Switzerland, and were delighted with the au Violon. The rooms are simple, but very clean and atmospheric, and the setting is very quite despite being only a few steps away from Barfusserplatz. Great selection of fresh breads at breakfast. We did not try the restaurant, but it looked great, with outdoor & indoor spaces in the old courtyard.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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"
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Basel, Switzerland
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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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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