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Hotel Merian am Rhein
Ranked #36 of 51 Hotels in Basel
Minneapolis
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74 reviews
42 hotel reviews
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“The view cannot be beat (and the breakfast is fabulous as well)”
Reviewed November 24, 2013

Stayed there for a work conference and was super thrilled. The room is pretty plain, but it was clean and efficient. The balcony looking over the Rhine was beyond expectations. Our first night there we had dinner, the venison platter shared by my colleagues. It was amazing!! Not what you would expect from a hotel restaurant. The breakfast everymore was delicious. The hotel is close to everything and the free bus pass made it even better. The staff was super gracious and helpful.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 22, 2013

There is a lot I liked about the Merian, and I will discuss it below. But first let me tell why this is a 5-star review: they do a very simple thing that, for me, makes a world of difference. Thing is: most hotels have a refrigerator in the room where they put some bottles, and charge a ridiculously high price when the client drinks one of them. The Merian, instead, treats guest as intelligent people they care for: any of the non-alcoholic drinks in the refrigerator are free. Believe me, I drank some during my stay and was not charged. I hope the Merian is a trend-setter.

The service and the attention to the client are a strong point of the Merian: all the support I needed, from scheduling a taxi to more involved help, went very well. As an example, the hotel does not have a fitness center, but they provide clients with a free voucher to very good gym located in the vicinity.

But then the first thing you will probably notice is the great location of the hotel, close to the river, right by the Mittlere Brücke, the most charming bridge of Basel from where you get the best view of the Münster. The picture that Trip Advisor selected to represent Basel was taken from the point of view of the Merian. You will find all kinds of restaurants and shops a short walk from the hotel.

The rooms are small but very convenient. Remember to ask for the voucher for free public transportation during your stay. Many tram lines have a stop right at the corner and will let you go confortably to your destinations.

Room Tip: Select a room by the riverside (for a cost) for the view, or get a better value by selecting a room...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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Indianola, Iowa
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147 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed November 21, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at this hotel. The staff was very helpful. The hotel is right on the Rhine River - easy to walk and see the old part of the city - many attractions and restaurants close by. The restaurant in the hotel offered an excellent breakfast. We had dinner there one evening and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Do ask for a room with a view of the river.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Moscow, Russia
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93 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed November 13, 2013

Very comfortable positioning of the hotel (4 tram stops from the Fair). Normal 3 star hotel though ranged as 4 stars. Excellent view to the river Rhein. Wonderful fish restaurant. Standard rooms are rather small, suits are much better. Coffee machine with selection of tee and coffee in the room. Quite a wide verity of dishes for breakfast. Very nice, professional and helpful staff. Though hotel is by far too expansive during Fair's periods.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Runcorn, England, United Kingdom
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114 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2013

All hotels in Basel are expensive, so please be aware you really do get what you pay for. This hotel is right by the river, within 200m of the town centre. The restaraunt is fine, especially for breakfast, Ok for main meals, but loads of great restaraunts within 800m

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

The hotel is ideal to walk into the old city and if you can get a room facing the Rhein River. The rooms a little small. The breakfast room is vast and reflects group traffic. The food offer was varied and generous. It is a hotel, which is made to fit an existing building and location and it schows - however we would always book it again, due to its great location.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jerusalem, Israel
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80 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed September 24, 2013

Basel is Very expensive, so first of all - this hotel is great value for money! Other than the nice, clean, comfortable, fully equipped (and more) room, you also get a free breakfast buffet - good, tasty selection, very vegetarian and vegan friendly - and a free, refillable minibar (mineral, coke, juice, etc.) and a Nespresso machine with as much coffee and tea as you could wish for. There is also free use of a computer and printer 24/7 and the possible free use of a near-by gym. The location is virtually unbeatable though because of that it may also get a bit noisy on the weekend in the street-side rooms, which can't really be helped. Best thing - excellent, kind, helpful and knowledgeable service accommodating your every wish from reception, maid-service, restaurant, etc. (and I'm a fussy guest...) Summer travelers - there is no AC, but then hardly any of the Swiss hotels do (only few of the seriously expensive ones) Bottom line:

Room Tip: river-side has view but is more expensive, if you go for a street-side room ask for a higher floor
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Hotel Merian am Rhein
Address: Rheingasse 2, Basel 4058, Switzerland (Formerly BEST WESTERN Merian Am Rhein)
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Basel > Basel > Altstadt
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 Luxury Hotel in Basel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Merian am Rhein 4*
Number of rooms: 63
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