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Hotel Merian am Rhein
Ranked #36 of 51 Hotels in Basel
Milan, Italy
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203 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Perfection Central Location”
Reviewed January 18, 2014

We stayed at the Hotel Merian Am Rhein in the lead up to christmas so we could enjoy the wonderful Basel Christmas Markets. The hotels central location on the tram line and an easy walk to the shopping centre and markets was a big plus. A Basel offering is also a complimentary tram pass for each of the guests, which is an added bonus.

As a family of six (3 adults, 3 kids), unfortunately the hotel offered no rooms which were interconnected and our booking of two twin bedded rooms facing the riverside, each with an extra bed, were on different floors, so luckily we had a spare adult that could stay with the some of the kids in the other room.

The rooms were clean and warm. While the bathrooms were small and it was difficult if more than one person wanted to be in there, the hotel offered everything we wanted.

The included breakfast buffet had an excellent selection of cold and warm foods and was enjoyed every morning.

Room Tip: Rooms away from the lift and central stairs would be quieter.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 24, 2013

Stayed here one night on business, the room was very small, it felt like I could reach across the room and reach two walls. Having said that the room was clean and functional in a pretty convenient location, for heading out for dinner. The highlight was the breakfast - although it doesn't have as many options as other hotels I've stayed in, everything was very tasty. I would stay here again for business, and possibly a very short term vacation, but if you are looking for something longer than a few days, the room size would be an issue.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
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Yorkshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed December 17, 2013

we stayed overnight for the winter market on the way to Strasbourg at the end of November. The hotel was easy to find, and pretty convenient for the city centre. It has a nice, old-fashioned feel to it. The trams outside were easy to use and the hotel provided a free tram pass.
Our room overlooked the river, small but clean. The staff were very helpful and friendly. We had a beer in the bar but didn't eat there. The breakfast, however, was very good indeed. Good value for money

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bernardsville, New Jersey
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Reviewed December 16, 2013

I always like the old world smaller hotels.....the rooms are functional and clean and all that a business person needs when traveling alone.
the location is excellent and one can run/walk/bike right outside the front door along the north bank of the Rhein.
Staff are very friendly and helpful...almost scarily so :-)
It's worth the extra money for the river view...I was a cheapskate and got a 'city view'...the view wasn't the problem....the noise from the sleazy bar across the road at night was. It didn't stop until 3am on a Saturday night and was deafening... and I was on the fourth floor.....with ear plugs !
BTW lots of good little hidey-hole restaurants right across the bridge in the old town.
Lunch or dinner at Les Trois Rois is a must...billed as the oldest hotel in Europe !

Room Tip: river view high floor
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
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Wwinchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 5, 2013

Very good location across the river from the old town great outside space if your visiting in the summer . A very friendly and comfortable hotel with lots of character .. particularly the dinning area (Note the Dinner finishes at 9.00pm !) Great River views ..

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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Minneapolis
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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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NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
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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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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