Book into a new kind of hostel
Hostels may conjure up images of rickety bunk beds with questionably stained sheets, but Silo Hostel by Talent in the up-and-coming Erlenmatt Ost neighbourhood is a far cry from that. Housed inside a former grain warehouse from 1912, it was stylishly renovated in 2020 by renowned architect Harry Gugger. Now it seamlessly combines its industrial architecture with pared-back modern design to provide affordable hipster digs that you’ll actually want to spend time in. You can also stop in for a weekend breakfast or an evening meal at hotel restaurant and popular haunt SILO Soulfood.
Browse amazing modern art without leaving your hotel
At first glance, you already know that Der Teufelhof is not your average hotel thanks to the steel figure walking precariously along a tightrope on the roof. Art is at the heart of this charming stay in Basel’s Spalenberg district, permeating its building names (‘Art’ and ‘Gallery’) with the help of its aesthetically pleasing décor. The lobby houses a large canvas covered in guests’ drawings, while the rooms are accented by large-scale pieces of modern art, including a giant floral mural and a whimsical display of open books dangling from wooden beams.
Get a guilt-free night’s sleep at this sustainable stay
Gaia, meaning ‘mother earth’ in Greek, is a fitting name for this four-star stay near the main train station. Its MO is sustainability, so waste is avoided wherever possible. For example, old coffee grounds are given to the Urban Agriculture Association to cultivate mushrooms, pre-packaged foods are avoided at the breakfast buffet and stale bread is even given to the elephants at Basel Zoo.You can relax in the onsite spa or cuddle up in your cosy linen bedsheets, safe in the knowledge you’re helping look after the planet.
Stay classy in a hotel fit for royalty
A break at Les Trois Rois (aka the Three Kings) certainly makes you feel like royalty. Perched right on the river in the centre of the Old Town, this luxurious hotel is decked out in gilt ornamentation, twinkling chandeliers and elaborate Baroque-inspired wallpaper, while the onsite restaurant Le Cheval Blanc is sublime enough for any visiting royal dignitary. It serves spectacular three-Michelin-starred dishes to guests sitting in throne-like chairs. Little wonder that an actual queen, Elizabeth II, has happily stayed here, alongside cultural monarchs such as Pablo Picasso.
Lie back and relax in minimalist surroundings
If you need to take a break from Basel’s buzzing city life, Art House Basel is the answer. Inspired by Japanese design, its rooms create a zen ambience through the use of natural wood, stone and marble, with bright white walls and large French doors affording plenty of light. Unwind alone in your airy room or head up to the rooftop bar Mirador to enjoy a cocktail paired with sweeping views of the metropolis below you.
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