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Hotel Brasserie au Violon

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Im Lohnhof 4, Basel CH 4051, Switzerland (Altstadt)
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Hotel Brasserie au Violon
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Turlock, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
14 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This hotel is hidden away off the main streets and a little difficult to find without some local help, but is so convenient to the Christmas Market and is within walking distance to the Rhine River. We found it charming. The hotel was build in the 1500's and was first used as a monastery. It later became a prison, and... More 

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Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
18 reviews 18 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Not knowing what to expect, yet were aware that this was a former prison, we were pleasantly surprised. Our first encounter, of course, was with the front office staff - extremely helpful giving us a very warm welcome. During our three-day stay, they were always super friendly and gave us helpful information on restaurants and walks through the city. As... More 

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New Delhi, India
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52 reviews 52 reviews
12 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I had gone to Basel to attend a meeting and was referred to this special hotel by the host institution. It is a perfectly located hotel, at the heart of the city centre, with beautiful views and a delightful French restaurant. The staff is super helpful. I asked a lot of questions and they never hesitated to answer. Speak perfect... More 

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84 reviews 84 reviews
25 hotel reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Au Violon is a former police station, so most of the rooms are pairs of prison cells that have been joined together. The solid construction means that the rooms are very quiet. You look out onto a quiet courtyard, which is pleasant. The breakfast room has a good view across Basel. Breakfast is good with a wide range of bread,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
21 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 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.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 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.

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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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102 reviews 102 reviews
13 hotel reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 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... More 

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Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 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.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 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... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 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... More 

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Address: Im Lohnhof 4, Basel CH 4051, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Basel > Basel > Altstadt
Number of rooms: 30
Also Known As:
Brasserie Au Violon Basel
Brasserie Au Violon Hotel

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