This hostel is far from a dreary mass accommodation with thin walls and even thinner garden butte tea.
The Basel architects Buchner Bründler, which also designed the Swiss Pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai, have converted a former silk ribbon factory from 1851 and added new areas – a wooden bridge over the adjacent river, open spaces, old arches and new exposed concrete.
During breakfast – and not just during Art Basel conference – this could be a London hot spot.
At night you can order drinks from a small bar up to midnight, or enjoy sitting on the terrace next to a small river – in the middle of the city! The living area is chic and functional, with aluminum sinks and oak doors that block the noise from the hallway. Besides the numerous four and six-bed rooms, there are 21 beautiful double rooms.
We recommend you reserve one of the corner double room rooms which are glassed-in from floor to ceiling and create the feeling of staying immersed in nature.
The only thing that reminds you of a hostel is the 10pm quiet time. There’s wi-fi in the lobby with its large table, leather upholstery, lawn and a small library with novels and art books. The Rhine River is only a few steps away.
Address: St. Alban-Kirchrain 10, 4052 Basel
Tel: 0041 (0)61 2720572
Prices: 4-bed room 44€, double room 58€, per person incl. breakfast
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