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“Small hotel in Basel” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Balegra
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Reiterstrasse 1, Basel 4054, Switzerland   |  
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Ranked #40 of 49 Hotels in Basel
Brooklyn, NY
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12 hotel reviews
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“Small hotel in Basel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Visited Basel for work during mid June.
What can I say? Staff is nice, friendly, nice complimentary breakfast.
Rooms, small. Shower, really small, and some rooms don't even have shower.
If you go Basel for the art fair, do not stay here, it is rather far from center. Good thing is tram will take you anywhere in little to no time.
Overall, OK.
PROS: clean, friendly staff.
CONS: small rooms, very small shower, no 24hr reception.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Wickenburg, Arizona
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68 hotel reviews
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495 helpful votes 495 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012

This review is about the public RESTAURANT at this place, not the hotel rooms, as we went there to eat, not to spend the night. The food at the restaurant was good, absolutely no complaints, with decent portions. I had a pizza, which had a very thin, very crusty bottom and ample toppings, and my husband enjoyed his veal steak in cream sauce (there were actually two pieces of meat) and a generous helping of dumplings. For desert we had ice cream which was very creamy and came - for European standards - in in very decent helpings. Service was friendly but a bit lack-lustre. The meat dish was expensive, but not more so than at other Swiss restaurants.
The restaurant doesn't have any atmosphere really. There's a general part at the bar and a dining room beyond that. We were the only ones dining there - but then it was a Monday. There were some obviously locals having a drink.
There is outside seating (not right now, too cold) but that's right on a main road with much traffic. There are a few parking spaces right outside - like six or eight - but you have to drive up over the sidewalk to get onto them - which was why we had to go and park in a side street - for my husband driving a sedan up over the curb is sacrilege. There's enough parking in all the little side streets, but I can imagine that it'll mostly be gone after working hours since it's all residential streets with small homes with no garages.
For people actually staying here as guests, there's a bus stop right outside on a line which will take you right downtown. Two minutes- walk away there's a square with several stores and two small supermarkets.
I would go to eat there again, but it would not be on my list of preferred places.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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23 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2011

Very basic indeed. There was a small bed with ensuite bathroom and a tiny TV in the corner.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2009

We stayed one night at Hotel Balegra. The staff were very friendly and helpful, the room very clean. The bathroom was small, but functional. Breakfast consisted of eggs fried or scrambled fresh for you - if you order a fried egg you get one egg - if you order scrambled it looks like you get a little more. There were a couple of whole grain cold cereals, muesli type, and some Corn Flakes, plus the usual European fare of juice, coffee, tea, cheese, fruit, meats and bread. There is a restaurant onsite that seems to be open most of the time. We arrived late on a Sunday and they were closed. Otherwise we didn't see any restaurants nearby. I'm sure the woman at the front desk could have easily directed us to one.

We were given free tickets for the metro and directions for the way downtown. The metro station is just a short walk away and very easy to find. The ride into town a matter of a few minutes. My only problem with the hotel was the bed was a little too soft for me, but I like a very firm mattress.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2008

Finding an affordable hotel with a family room in high season in Basel is not easy. We were looking for a comfortable budget hotel for one night, no more, and that Belagra delivered. It's not a hotel to fall in love with but if you're on a budget (with kids) it'll do quite nicely.

The service was very friendly throughout our stay. We arrived a bit earlier than expected as traffic was surprisingly low on our way there. No problem, we were allowed to check in, park our car for free, got a free transportation card for the Basel public transit system for everyone in our family, and were set to go.

We stopped for a late lunch at a bakery around the corner. Must have been the same one the other reviewer mentioned as we really loved it. The walk to the tram station was very close as well and the ride into the centre of Basel took only 10 minutes.

The quad room was rather small once you opened up the sofa-bed but that was what we had expected for the price. The bathroom was definitely on the small side as well but even with the 4 of us it was sufficient.

What we did not expect was the noise level coming in from the streets surrounding the hotel. Closing the window was not really an option either as it was a very warm summer night and the small room got stuffy quickly unless you kept the window open. No AC.

The beds were ok, not super comfortable but I've had worse.

The breakfast room was small but adequate and with a friendly atmosphere - despite renovations going on in an area of the hotel close by. The buffet was very extensive and had something for everyone. Fresh fruit, cold cuts, cheese, several kinds of bread and buns, yoghurt, muesli (of course!) ... We didn't feel hungry again till the afternoon.

  • Disliked — noise
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Woodbury, Minnesota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2007

My husband & I stayed at the Hotel Balegra in early October 2007 with both of our parents. We were in Basel for 1 night (to fly back to US) after a 10 day trip through Austria, Germany & Switzerland. There was a conference in Basel, so hotel rooms were almost impossible to find. After a lot of searching online, I found 3 hotel rooms at the Hotel Balegra. I travel for work extensively, so I consider myself pretty picky when staying in hotels. The Hotel Balegra is definitely not a place I would generally pick to stay (recall though - no hotel rooms in Basel).

Overall, the Hotel Balegra was OK. The women at the front desk were super nice & helpful. They helped us get to our restaurant, and to the airport with maps, internet printouts, etc... They also gave us free transportation cards for Basel (which was a nice touch).

The room my husband & I stayed in was on the 2nd floor. The room itself was larger than the ones our parents stayed in. It even had a large deck off of it with a door out to it from our room. The deck wasn't "cute" - it was a slab of concrete. But - you could have sat out there (we didn't). The decor of our room was very 80's. The bed, vanity & armoire were all white laquer with gold trim. The room was barely big enough to fit all of that furniture. The bed was terribly uncomfortable, and the pillows were almost non-existent (feather pillows with no bulk to them).

The bathroom was clean - but VERY small. You had to completely get in before closing the door. Then, you kind of had to back out to get out. It worked out for us - but I'm sure larger individuals would have problems.

There is a restaurant on the 1st floor that was very smoky & very loud. On the evening we were there, they had karaoke. You had to shut your windows to ensure the noise was not leaking into your room.

We checked out our parents rooms to compare them to ours. They were both much smaller. The beds barely fit in their rooms. They were much cuter than our room, however, with a more traditional style of furniture (not 80s).

The breakfast area is rather small. We waited for awhile for a table to free up, but instead chose to walk down the street to a cute bakery (with wonderful food & coffee). I would highly recommend the bakery (& Italian grocery store) down at the turnabout. I think our decision to eat breakfast elsewhere was a good one. The breakfast offerings at the hotel were not particularly appetizing. Again, mind you, I'm pretty picky when it comes to hotels.

I wouldn't tell people not to stay here. It is a good budget hotel in what seemed to be a cute, great neighborhood. Our bus ride to the airport was probably 15 mins, and the zoo is nearby.

It definitely was everyone's least favorite hotel of our 10 day stay in Europe, and the cost was the same for all of them.

  • Liked — Location in Cute Neighborhood
  • Disliked — Uncomfortable beds with old bedding & bad pillows
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Reiterstrasse 1, Basel 4054, Switzerland
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Location: Switzerland > Canton of Basel > Basel
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #40 of 49 Hotels in Basel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Balegra 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcom in Basel! We are pleased that you will be our guest and will do everything that you feel comfortable during your stay with us. Are you looking for a cosy hotel far from the city bustle and yet centrally located? We have just the place for you! The Balegra hotel lies in a quiet suburb. The city center is just a few minutes away. The city can best be explored by public transport. You can reach open space in just a few minutes. When you arrive, you will receive a public transport ticket, which you can use on the entire city network at no cost to you. If we have piqued your curiosity, or if you would like more information, we are happy to assist you and will be glad to make a reservation. "Your well-being is our passion" Daniel Spicher - your Basler host with a heart! ... more   less 
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