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“Great Location” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Helvetia
Kuchengasse 13, Basel 4051, Switzerland (St. Alban)   |  
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Ranked #36 of 49 Hotels in Basel
Victor Harbor, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Picked this one to be close to train station just a few minutes walk, room was adequate for what we needed, staff were very pleasant and breakfast was lovely, bit of a walk we found, to get to the old part of the city but very easy and close to the buses that can get you there. would definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Portland OR
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55 reviews 55 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

This hotel is on a side street just opposite the train station, but you need to start looking for their sign as soon as you exit the station. If you miss the sign, you will get into the organized chaos of the street cars and pedestrians and cars all trying to get through the area. This is a typical old-style Swiss hotel with full amenities for that class and a feel of how things used to be. The breakfast room was cozy and comfortable, and breakfast was filling. The staff is great fun and took time to visit with us and explain some of the things that were going on during Fasnacht. We were there specifically to enjoy Fasnacht with all the parades and costumes and political satire. If you plan ahead many months, you too can have a chance to experience this very special festival. And staying at the Helvetia is most convenient to enjoy your time there.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bucharest, Romania
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

Our stay in Helvetia Hotel of Basel was very nice.
The services are great and the employees always smiling and ready to help. It's clean and the breakfast is very tasty.
The hotel is very near to the railway station, but it's placed on a quiet street. You can get anywhere from there really easy. Not far from the airport.
And, more than anything else, it's a gay friendly hotel.

Thank you.
Vlad and Max

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
44 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2011 via mobile

This hotel was an ideal location just next to the train station and bus to the airport. We were only staying here for one night on a stop over after getting train from zurich and flight to alicante the next morning.
The staff were nice and pleasant.
This is just a small hotel and we had booked a triple room. The room was pretty small for a triple though as it was 2 single beds and a pull out sofa bed so there wasnt any room to move about at all.
The breakfast was decent enough, continental.
It was what we needed for a quick stopover.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2011

Great location, but unfortunately very noisy from thje street in front of the Hotel, we were there on a friday and saturday night and it was extremely noisy all night, for the price this Hotel is not good value, breakfast was okay, no problem with front reception, was very helpful with bag storage and directions, etc.

Room Tip: possibly at the back of the Hotel
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2010

Terrible guy at frondesk at arrival, not frindy and polite at all. Terrible rooms, no renovation or mending has been conducted since 50 years, extremly noisy, not possible to close windows properly, carpet a shame for a country with such a reputation, cleanliness in general can be better, no working internet connection was available. By no means 3 star standart and much to expensive for this service and quality. Offering for breakfast so bad, cannot be described, allthough coffee is great. Better have breakfast at nearby beakery, allthough more expensive is much better value. Extreme noise from the bar, because of drunken guests and drunken restaurant staff! Crazy man shouting around and at people at the front desk and in the restaurant. Never had such a bad experience in this country and never will returne.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2004

this describes itself as a quiet select hotel with a personal touch, but it wasn't quiet and it's not particularly select. staff were helpful when we complained about the noise in our room which was at the front of the hotel, they did move us to a room at the back of the hotel, which was sadly almost as noisy. the noise was in part from the traffic / taxis / streetcleaners / refuse collection which was fairly continuous each night but also from Chez Alain the restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel, which kept its big front windows open till the last guest went home so all the conversation / heated discussions / music etc blasted up into our room, even though we were on the 3rd floor. the noise at the back was from air conditioning units to offices and other hotels and also the noise from the nearby train and tram stations. moan over, the location is fine, there is nearby secure car parking and Basel is a lovely city, but i won't be returning the the Helvetia.

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Address: Kuchengasse 13, Basel 4051, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Basel > Basel > St. Alban
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 49 Hotels in Basel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 39
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