Theres absolutely nothing wrong with it - the rooms are clean, secure and a good price for Basel. The staff are friendly and helpful. The room was quiet and warm, even when it was -4 degrees outside.
However, it really is a no frills hotel, apparently not refurbished for several decades.
Single beds are becoming a rarity in hotels these days, possibly due to guests becoming larger. Manufacturers of single beds, fear ye not. The single bed tradition is still going strong at this hotel.
At first I thought there was no washbasin in the room, as it definitely wasn't in the small ensuite shower room. However, I chanced upon it when I was putting my clothes away - it's cunningly hidden inside a closet opposite the shower room.
Tip - theres a basic pull-down shutter outside the window to help block out light and noise, which I also found handy to stop my carrier bag of food (AKA makeshift larder) falling down onto the street overnight.
Theres a small TV. I was somewhat disappointed to find no news programmes about the Watergate scandal, Cold War or oil crisis, as this would have perfectly completed the 1970s ambience.
As it was, I had to console myself with drinking Liebfraumilch whilst lounging in my velvet flares.
I didnt have any trouble with noise in the hotel, and slept very well.
One minor gripe: although there was a clear sign telling guests not to smoke in the room or risk a fine, someone had clearly enjoyed a lengthy cigarette session in there at some point.
I tried leaving the window open throughout the day, but even this didn't get rid of the smell. Maybe it was the spirit of 1973, lingering in the room.
I was slightly worried I'd be blamed for the smell, but I wasn't. However, it might be worth mentioning to hotel reception if your room smells of smoke when you check-in.
Hotel Basilisk is situated in Klein Basel, about 5 minutes' walk from Mittlerbruecke and the river, and about 3 minutes' walk to the nearest trams in Claraplatz. The trams are exactly as efficient and clean as you'd expect in Switzerland, it's actually a pleasure to use them. It's only a few stops from Claraplatz tram stop to Basel Bad railway station, which is otherwise 30 mins
walk from the hotel. The airport is only about 3 miles away by road, though I'd allow 45 minutes by public transport.
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