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“Fabulous view overlooking the Rhein” 4 of 5 stars
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4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rheingasse 2, Basel CH-4005, Switzerland (Altstadt)   |  
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Ranked #27 of 49 Hotels in Basel
Leicester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Fabulous view overlooking the Rhein”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

Would recommend this hotel for the view and location. Hotel restaurant very expensive so take a walk into the old town. Staff very accommodating and helpful, the speak excellent English

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Rehovot, Israel
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198 reviews 198 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2011

Stayed for 2 nights in November 2011. Location just perfect in the nice town center looking on the Rhine. You have to carry your luggage on the steps and there is no clear sign that you can enter the hotel smoothly through the Spitz Cafe. The room although modest was very well-equipped. Staff are friendly especially the night warden. Breakfast AOK. Have left early in the morning and provided with nice breakfast box. Would be glad to pay a visit to this hotel next time in Basel.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Long Island, NY
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62 reviews 62 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2011

Spent one night in the beginning of Septmber before boarding our river cruise. The hotel is located in the center of town with great views of the Rhine. Breakfast is usually included (depend on who you book with), it was good. There is no air-conditioning so I would be hesitant in mid-summer. All Basel hotels offer a free pass for there trams, so transportation is easy. The taxi fare to where the river boats dock is about 30 swiss francs, and no tram line go that far. Overall a nice place with some old world charm in center city.

Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Basel, Switzerland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

I'm staying at the Merian Am Rhein as I write this. We came here for a 5 day business trip. The hotel is 6 tram stops from SBB Banhoff (about 10 mins), but this is a much nicer area than the main station area. There are plenty of shops nearby, and just over the bridge is the beautiful old district, where the museums and beautiful old architecture can be found. The room is clean, comfortable and not too small. There is no air conditioning, but we have a fan in our room and we have a door leading onto our little balcony (2 people can sit on it). The balcony overlooks the river Rheine and the view is beautiful. There is a sun canopy and also a roller shutter to keep the sun out of the room during the day.

There is a nespresso coffee maker in the room and a great free internet connection, along with a perfect work desk.

My only criticism is the damn church on the other side of the river. As it is pretty hot, we have been sleeping with the balcony door open, but despite buying ear plugs, I'm still woken all night by the church, whose bells toll every 15 minutes - day and night!!! Although the view is beautiful, I think that if I stayed again I would ask for a room facing the street, as it doesn't seem so busy. It's a real shame, as this is my only complaint about this hotel.

Room Tip: Maybe try a room on the street side if it's warm outside.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney
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47 reviews 47 reviews
35 hotel reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011

For a night or two in Basel, one can't find abetter hotel: The rooms face the river Rhine and it isclose to the city, almost opposite the famous Hotel 'Three Kings' where a room costs three to four times as much. Service is perfect and the restaurant with a balcony over the river is most pleasant. Highly recommended

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2011

I visited this hotel for a friends wedding, the reception was being held there so thought a good idea. I arrived and they checked me in efficiently, went to my room, dark dingy room with a tiny window. Because I was only there on night I decided to not make an issue, but on walking back to the elevator noticed so many other rooms I passed had plenty of natural light and far more open / spacious. I went to reception and asked them why I was given such a horrible room, and they offered to move me, by then I had unpacked, so was not bothered. Its a shame though that the hotel had the availability, and being narrow minded choose to allocate such a terrible room.

Be warned the noise is out of control and because there is no air conditioning you have to leave your window open, that was far worse than the issue of which room I was allocated, the trams, passing traffic and generally noise coming from the people on the street and river all night long was a killer.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Heidelberg, Germany
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2011

The hotel has in incredible location right in the center of Basel. My room had an incredible view to the Rhine and the old bridge. The rooms were of a modest size but still comfortable. Breakfast was good, friendly personnel and a surprisingly good value for money for Switzerland.
Big drawback: the noise. On a good day, even with closed window, you're able to hear the trams passing by every 10 minutes from 5 am or so. If you go in late July-early August, you may find yourself serenaded by the live concerts taking place 20 meters away (www.imfluss.ch). To be fair, the concerts end by 10:30 pm. Still, the hotel is not for light sleepers.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rheingasse 2, Basel CH-4005, Switzerland
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Location: Switzerland > Canton of Basel > Basel > Altstadt
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Luxury Hotel in Basel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — BEST WESTERN Merian Am Rhein 4*
Number of rooms: 63
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