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Steinenschanze Stadthotel
Ranked #2 of 51 Hotels in Basel
Certificate of Excellence
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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337 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Exceptional budget hotel”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

From the moment we entered our welcome was warm, human and helpful. The cost of the perfectly adequate, and very clean, room included to our surprise a free pass for public transport and afternoon refreshments, with wine and a snack. The hotel exists to support a charity, and perhaps this why all the staff were so hospitable. An easy walk from the centre, this hotel far surpasses many with far higher star ratings - wholeheartedly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

Steinenschanze is a no frills, comfortable hotel. The rooms, albeit small, are immaculately clean and the morning breakfast buffet is superb. The location cannot be beat - about a 2 minute walk from Barfusserplatz, and about a 15 minute walk from Banhoff SBB. Above all, what makes the hotel extra special is the friendliness and warmth of the staff. Feels more like a family run inn - a wine/beer reception every evening and tea/hot water all day (help yourself!). The kind staff go more than the extra mile to make your stay as pleasant as possible. Very family oriented and child friendly! Have stayed here on several occasions, both on business and with family.This hotel is truly a gem and real value for the money.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the garden and on higher floors tend to be quieter.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Thank baselboy
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Steinenschanze, Manager at Steinenschanze Stadthotel, responded to this review, March 19, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you very much for the kind and friendly feed back. As you have mentioned, our staff is offering an extraordinary service at the reception as well as during the breakfast. We do try whenever possible to assist our visitors with any kind of problems, recommendations or special wishes. It is simply becaus: we love to do what we do.
Our guest enjoy very much to be close to the center. The old town with the tourist attractions, the city with museums and the shopping possibilities are just around the corner. And the free ticket for the public transportation makes is easy to explore the city and the surrounding area.
It would be a great pleasure for us to welcome you back at Stadthotel Steinenschanze in future

Kind Regards
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Hong Kong
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36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed December 30, 2012

Everything in Switzerland are expansive. The Steinenschanze Stadthotel is an exception. This is a rather basic hotel without much flare but that is the beauty. I would prefer this one from expansive hotels around the main train station. It is a no frill hotel close to most attractions in Basel. For that price you cannot ask for more.
The reception will advise you to walk a short distance into the old town. You will go through some rather steep stairway. It's OK in good weather but after snow that could be dangerous. There is another more comfortable way. Go to the lift of Steninen Parking Garage, go to L3. There is walkway into the old town. That is life saving for my wife who has knee problem.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Merseyside
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed December 19, 2012

Just back from the Christmas Markets in Basel and stayed at this hotel. Can't fault it. The price was excellent for a hotel that included breakfast, 3 days free public transport and outstanding hospitality. It is a short trip on the bus from the Airport (free) and then just one stop on another bus to right outside the hotel (free). It is very close to the Old Town and with the City and Tram maps everthing is easy to find. We stayed in the Garden Rooms which are located at the back of the Hotel away from any noise. Yes as already stated on other reviews the bathrooms are small but adequate. Breakfast include all the usual; fruits, cereal, yoghurts, juices, breads, meats, boiled eggs, jams, tea or coffee etc. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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2 Thank Malyboo
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Krakow, Poland
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Reviewed December 5, 2012

Perfect location in the center of Basel. All main attractions of old city in distance of short walk. Very nice and helpful staff. You receive a map of the city, transport map and ticket for 3 days unlimited travel on public transport. A very good idea is to spend a little of time in the lounge area, where you can drink tea, coffee, wine in the evening. Main railway station is also very close to hotel which is an advantage. I was on business trip but I recommend this hotel also to families with child.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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2 Thank kubap1
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Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed November 5, 2012

We enjoyed a nice stay in the Steinenchanze Hotel in Basel. The rooms are not very spacious, but normal. Bathroom is quite small. Because of the high prices in Switzerland you have a good value for money. As there is no airconditioning I expect it to be hot in Summer. If you open the windows at the roadside it might be a bit noisy.
Hotel staff is very helpful and generous. Futhermore we enjoyed excellent breakfast and nice Nepresso coffees in the lounge.

Room Tip: try to get a room at backside (garden)
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank OnnoHen H
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Steinenschanze, Manager at Steinenschanze Stadthotel, responded to this review, November 14, 2012
Dear guest

Firstly we would like to thank you for your kind review on Stadthotel Steinenschanze. As you have mentioned, our staff is offering an extraordinary service at the reception as well as during the breakfast. We do try whenever possible to assist guests with any kind of problems, recommendations or special wishes.
One of the main reason, why guest book our hotel is the great location. The old town with the tourist attractions, the center with museums and the shopping possibilities are just around the corner. About the air condition, we are glad to tell you, that from January 2013 on, we will provide air condition in every room facing the street. Also the bath rooms in those rooms will be renovated. It would be a great pleasure for us to welcome you back at Stadthotel Steinenschanze in future

Kind Regards

Michaela Maria Nazarek
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Wageningen, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed October 23, 2012

Two nights, business. (room at the back)

+ Breakfast (ask for eggs, they will make them any way you want)
+ Free Wifi
+ Location
+ First experience of Hotel with modern design radio and mini-jack (for your portable device)

-Bit small room but nicely furbished.

All in all, a very pleasant experience.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Thank ourtimeisnow
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Property: Steinenschanze Stadthotel
Address: Steinengraben 69, Basel 4051, Switzerland (Formerly Minotel Steinenschanze)
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Location: Switzerland > Canton of Basel > Basel > Vorstädte
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Basel
#7 Romantic Hotel in Basel
#9 Business Hotel in Basel
#16 Family Hotel in Basel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Steinenschanze Stadthotel 3*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Steinenschanze Stadthotel has everything you want from a modern and comfortable hotel: Ideally located in the center of Basel, near the old town and near the University of Basel, the museums and the most important institutions. Very easy access to the convention center and the Messe Basel: 9 minutes by car or 14 minutes by tram. Very good access to Airport Basel: 12 minutes by car or 30 minutes by bus. Contemporary urban design, friendly and bright Gstfreundlicher, likeable service, rich breakfast buffet with lactose and gluten-free, vegan offer. Free Wi-Fi. Not much indicated from the outside out: in this haven of peace and relaxation in the middle of the city. Here in the garden you can have breakfast in warm weather and take your aperitif to be. Or simply cuddle up with a good book on one of the comfortable garden chairs and listen to the whispering leaves. Give yourself a break from everyday life. In Steinenschanze Stadthotel. ... more   less 
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