Let’s be clear, the Ibis Basel Bahnhof is a decent little Ibis. It is absolutely worthy of the brand name. In fact I thought it merited more than its paltry two stars. It had the quality I think of as three stars – until I tried the food. In a word: DON’T.
This hotel does not have a restaurant. But, in an apparent nod to good sense, it offers a small menu of hot “snacks” (that is, microwaved frozen stuff). They even expand this offer into a “menu” – main course, dessert, a drink… I was short of time, and so talked myself into choosing one of these “snacks” for dinner. The experience was dreadful. True, it was tasty - three “plastic looking” tiny stuffed pancakes - but in no other respect was it good. Not filling, not healthy, not attractive, not well-presented. Not even remotely like the picture advertising it. I’ll grudgingly agree that the “apple pie” dessert was not as bad, though it was still a long way off being good. Its not even cheap or good value. And the worst is that I then remembered that I had made precisely the same mistake a few months ago, the last time I stayed here… never again.
This is unacceptable and unnecessary. The hotel is very close to tons of better places to eat.
The breakfast thankfully was faultless. A classic continental breakfast buffet, not the biggest you’ll ever see, but OK for the price point.
One of the best features of the hotel is its proximity to the Basel SBB railway station. It is practically built over it. This makes it hugely convenient for early trains out of Basel, or late trains arriving.
Nothing remarkable about the room, or the rest of the hotel. The staff have been pleasant on each of my several visits, though they have been overworked too often, causing long waits for checkin or checkout. The rooms have been typical Ibis style, inexpensive but immaculate and up to date. It really did feel like more than two stars – apart from the “food”.
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