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Dornacherstrasse 192 Bau 8, Basel 4053 Switzerland
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#3 of 33 Specialty lodging in Basel
We are Basel's premier Backpacker and Guesthouse, located in a renovated factory complex, only a 10 minute walk from the main train station (SBB). We offer inexpensive beds in dorms, family and deluxe rooms in Basel, the city of architecture, museums, fairs and culture.
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Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Board games / puzzles
Books, DVDs, music for children
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Fax / photocopying
Street parking
Coffee shop
Vending machine
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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English, French, Spanish, German and 1 more
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Hpboy wrote a review Dec 2019
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Friendly staff lights up your stay. Clear instructions and nice response to any request. Unlike some rare and remote hostels with bad staff attitude, this hostel remains the best place I have been staying for my trip in Switzerland.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
Monica A wrote a review Apr 2019
Bucharest, Romania14 contributions3 helpful votes
I stayed here for three nights, in a female dorm that could fit 8. At the most there were four of us. The top had single beds and double beds, all bunk, and I got to choose whichever I preferred. I took a lower double one, and it was very good - mattress not too soft not too hard, the lamp worked, lovely blue fitted sheet, the blanket was a little short but warm goose feather quality. It was a little cold in the room, also because the windows are very large and only open the regular way so when you want to air the room you let in too much of the cold air. You get a free locker, and there are little tables and chairs too, to put stuff on. The toilets and shower facilities are great, very clean, everything working, enough soap and paper. I got a free towel (asked from reception). The showers are in individual booths, 29th a little bench to put your stiff on so it doesn't get wet. Also, huge plants, loved it! There is a laundry room, also with ironing facilities. The kitchen is fully equipped, fridge, induction plate cooking stove, electric kettle, microwave, all pots plates and cutlery. Nice eating area. There is the option of a 8 CHF breakfast, but the limited options (bread, bitter, cereal, OJ, coffee tea fruit) made me prefer to buy stuff from Aldi nearby. Nice lounge areas, books and board games, a small back courtyard and a large front one (as part of a complex of companies, restaurant, theatre - all in a former factory). Super awesome that you get the Basel Card included, all public transport free (including outskirts, I went to the Vitra complex and the Beyeler foundation) and 50% off for museum tickets. Good Wi-Fi, ask for a room with good reception. Very friendly staff.
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
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Jelena A wrote a review Dec 2018
Ubud, Indonesia3 contributions3 helpful votes
I found this hostel to be the cheapest in Basel and at the same time at a very good location. It's a five-minute walk from the main railway station. It has also other good tram and bus connections from its point. Rooms are good, some of the beds are double size. The place has it's own kitchen where you can make your food and save a good deal of money.
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: book a double size bed in advance
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AlexandraB199x wrote a review Oct 2018
Opole, Poland46 contributions8 helpful votes
- not cleaned bathrooms, broken locker so I could not close the door - very slow ineternet + comfy beds + good location Hostel was ok but still have to improve some of the things. For one may be Ok but not for more.
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Traveled with family
Pegster88 wrote a review Jun 2018
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia126 contributions51 helpful votes
We checked in late and they had a way to leave the key which is good. They also give a free basel pass We had a mix dorm which was full, a bit stuffy and not much space to move around. Quite hard to get up to the top bunk. There was lockers in the room which was good. The kitchen is small and there is also a small breakfast area.
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
$57 - $125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Basel Backpack
Which popular attractions are close to Basel Backpack?
Nearby attractions include Breakout Basel (0.4 miles), Zoo Basel (0.7 miles), and Markthalle Basel (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Basel Backpack?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a lounge, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Basel Backpack?
Guests can enjoy a lounge and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Basel Backpack?
Yes, paid public parking nearby and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Basel Backpack?
Conveniently located restaurants include Restaurant Viertel-Kreis, Tanja Grandits, and Mum's Kitchen Vietnamese Food.
Are pets allowed at Basel Backpack?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Basel Backpack?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to Basel Backpack?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Basel Minster (1.1 miles), Basel Historical Museum - Barfuesserkirche (1.0 miles), and Ermitage (3.4 miles).
Is Basel Backpack accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.