Whoever would have thought I’d like a hotel with a grey-and-red colour-scheme? Well, surprisingly, I do. I like this stylish, modern, designer-ish place. I like it for its practicality, its location, its friendliness…
Practicality: it’s an apartment hotel, so you get a small studio flat – convertible bedroom/living room, bathroom, kitchen – all fully equipped, and well equipped (where else at this sort of price would you find an iron & board, cothes drying rack, bedside CD/radio, internet TV, safe, microwave, coffee maker, microwave, dishwasher…) It’s not luxurious, and the rooms are not enormous, but I’ve stayed here several times now, for two or three nights at a time, and it makes a great change from a conventional hotel. Some reviewers have complained about the edges of the folding bed (it folds up into the wall); I don’t agree, I don’t find them either dangerous or painful. The bedroom/living room, bathroom, kitchen are all mercifully well-lit – no depressing gloom here.
It is conveniently located for lots of things – you’ll have your own priorities in Basel, so I won’t attempt to list them. I will mention though that it is not on a train or tram route. That makes it quiet (actually most of the rooms face onto an internal courtyard, so they are even quieter). And there are trams and buses at each end of the street, literally at about a minute one way and a couple of minutes the other. There are plenty of places to eat, at various price points, nearby (this hotel does not have a restaurant). Step out of the front door, turn cross the road and turn right, and less than 100m away you’ll find the Rheinfelderhof restaurant on your left, which is an honest, old fashioned, traditional restaurant that provides some of the best value in town. And before you even get that far – almost opposite the hotel – you’ll pass a small food store, so you can stock up the kitchen (so long as you are not looking for fresh or perishable produce).
The staff have been unfailingly friendly. Not because they now recognise me, as I see different people every time; they just are smiling and helpful.
Breakfast is a buffet bar. Relatively limited – not four-star standard – but an adequate selection of hot and cold offerings, including pastries.
Any downsides? Well, I’d love proper clothes hangers instead of the moronic anti-theft ones. And the Accor loyalty points scheme is rubbish (definitely not a good reason for choosing this hotel) – I’d love a more rewarding scheme. But that is pretty much it.
I got very annoyed with this Adagio a few months ago when there were no non-German TV channels for an extended period. That was the single occasion on which the staff let down the hotel. But now there are over 100, in a range of languages – including several in English (most major UK terrestrial channels among others). And the TV can act as a web browser, though it is not much fun to use. Luckily you get free wifi, so that is no problem if you bring your own device. And, finally, like EVERY hotel in Basel, every guest gets a pass for unlimited free travel in Basel during their stay (I think that extends to your trip into the city from the airport or railway station, but you might want to check).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Aparthotel Adagio Basel City is perfectly located within short walking distance of the old town and welcomes you in inviting surroundings close to the banks of the Rhine. This Aparthotel welcomes both business and leisure customers for long and short stays, with 77 comfortable and practical 2-person studios and 2-room apartments for 4 people. The Aparthotel is close to the exhibition center and within easy reach of the airport, and facilities include a fitness room and car park. Studio for 2 persons accommodation includes 1 double bed - french 150*200 (twin beds only on special request on availability), Apartment with 1 bedroom for 4 persons accommodation includes 1 sofa bed in living room and a bedroom with twin beds. All apartments are equipped with full equipped kitchen, bathroom with bathtub, toilet, vanity mirror, towels warmer and hair dryer, Satellite-TV with over 115 international channels, personal safe, individually adjustable ventilation system, high-speed Internet (free WIFI available), mini-stereo. Apartment facilities 220/240 V AC- Emergency exit map- Safe deposit box in room - Alarm clock- Radio in room - Opening windows - Remote control TV - Crib in room (on request)- Operator wake up call- Automatic wake up call- Satellite colour HD-TV - Manual temperature control- Free access with phone card - Direct dial telephone 1 - Microwave in room- Coffee/tea making facilities - Kitchen facilities- Pots/Pans/Dishes- Vacuum cleaner- Ironing board & flat-iron- big Fridge- Dishwasher- Cleaning kit- Coffee maker- Keycard-operated door locks- Security peephole- Smoke alarm in room- Emergency info in rooms ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Adagio City Aparthotel Basel Hotel Basel