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“Affordable option” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Alexander Hotel
Ranked #39 of 51 Hotels in Basel
Satun, Thailand
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92 reviews
86 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Affordable option”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2010

Located close to the new cultural center, this is an older hotel with small, dark rooms and very expensive amenities (the norm for Switzerland). The staff was helpful and Internet was free and fast, plus given how expensive everything is here it is a good deal but don't expect much. The windows do an okay job of soundproofing but the nearby trams are loud. Within walking distance from the Badischer train station, and there is a COOP grocery store nearby. Free, simple breakfast. Typical 3-star hotel with small windows. Recommended based on the price.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sens4life
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Kent
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2008

The rooms were fairly small but clean, the furniture was tatty and could do with being updated.Breakfast was ok served in a pleasant dining room. The staff were not overly friendly but when we told them that the hair dryer & one of the lights were not working they were soon replaced.Thanks to the review by gwgw Sept 16th 2007 the hotel was very easy to find and it was a good base if ,like us, you want cheap accommodation just to sleep & have breakfast .Basel is a city that is well worth a visit and a good base for travelling to other area's.Colmar in France is well worth a visit ;also ;buy a conbined ticket from the TI which takes you by train-bus & cable car to Reigoldswil which is excellant.Travellers tip: if you have an accommadation confirmation document with you, you can travel free on the airport bus & trams to get to your hotel when checking in ask for a mobility pass which gives you free city transport during your stay & back to the airport.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — tatty furniture
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank C_MKent
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NYC, USA
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49 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2007

Booked through Octopustravel.com. The hotel was listed as a 3-star, but doesn't quite come off this way. The property is a family-run tourist class hotel located directly across from the Messe Tower and Convention Center area.

The hotel is easy to find, as its a pink building on a relatively short street, about 2 short blocks from the Messeplatz tram stop. . . (This is the Klein Basel [lesse Basel] area of the city, which is about 10 min tram ride away from the SBB station.)

The rooms were somewhat small, but average for a tourist-class hotel. The rooms were simply decorated, but not in the best of condition, with definitive signs of furniture wear, and the need for minor refurbishment. . . The room rate included a cold breakfast buffet of coffee, yoghurt, muesli, charcuterie, cheese, and rolls, which were served by the adjoining restaurant next door.

Overall, the staff were very helpful (although the desk is not a 24-hour desk). There is no WiFi or business center available, which can complicate things, if you need to have access to the web. Normally this is not a major issue, but can become one, as there are relatively few internet access points or cafes in the Klein Basel area.

Considering the dollar rate these days, the Hotel Alexander was an economic choice of stay.

  • Liked — The staff, who were very friendly and helpful.
  • Disliked — Lack of broadband services.
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank forwarddeployed
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UK
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2007

Spent a good week at the Alexander, two minor irritations:
1. Could do with tea/coffee facilities in the bedrooms.
2. Restaurant has good Swiss food, but no choice for those staying half-board, you had to have what you where given.

Staff VERY pleasant, helpful. There was a 'bug' going around the city, a number of guests got it, plus staff, but all service stayed good.

  • Liked — location. friendly staff
  • Disliked — no tea/coffee in rooms
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank PeteSweet
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Liverpool
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11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2007

This is a nice and basic hotel. However, not sure how the hotel got a 3 star rating. I would say 2 stars by UK standards. However, don't let that put you off. Rooms where clean and the bathroom was OK. The top of the toilet cistern was cracked but that did not affect it's funciton - it was just cosmetic.

Breakfast was a buffet spread of tea, coffee, orange juice, bread rolls, bread, jam, butter, margarine, hams, croissants and cheese. You could help yourself and we went back for lots of coffee even after we finished breakfast and drank it outside (which had plenty of tables and chairs). The bar area itself was very nice - it also served as a dining area.

Getting to the hotel - Get the airport bus no. 50 to the Railway station / Bahnhof SBB. Then go the opposite direction to the bus and walk for 2-3 mins and get the no. 2 tram to Messeplatz. Then walk back in the direction opposite the tram then turn right. This is Riehenring. The hotel is a short walk and we could see the distinctive pink colours a mile off!

Tip - get a free mobility ticket from the reception when you check in for free rides on the trams.

  • Liked — Great breakfast
  • Disliked — Nothing to complain about! :)
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
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1 Thank gwgw
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essex, england
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13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2007

great location. tram stop is opposite the hotel. so everywhere in basel can be easily reached within 10 minutes. great bars on the same street as the hotel. rooms are clean, but a little outdated. comfy double bed and huge bathroom

  • Liked — great location
  • Disliked — small tv
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 Thank blossom77
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Centennial, Colorado
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39 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2006

Booked this through easyhotel[--] where you have to pay ahead of time but had no problems there.

Location is on the north side, opposite the old town, though its a few minute ride by tram or 15 minute walk to the main bridge for instance. It's a few blocks from German train station.

Room was small, but perfectly fine for a one person business traveler. I stayed 5 nights during a conference. Hotel was well maintained and clean - friendly staff.

No air conditioning as is the case with most affordable European/Swiss hotels, but they did give a small fan on request - it was actually pretty chilly at night as long as you keep your window open. However, it's on a busy street for cars not people if you are a light sleeper. I am not a light sleeper, had the windows opened and was woken up a couple times, but had no problems going right back to sleep or sleeping in general. Noise woulnd't be a problem with closed windows.

Breakfast included was good, (cheese, ham, croissiants, cereal, coffee, tea) but a little monotonous 4 days in a row.

I'd have no problem staying here again if it fit my budget and where I wanted to be in Basel. It's just 2 blocks on the same road as the Congress Center.

  • Liked — Free internet connection
  • Disliked — Monotonous breakfast
  • Tips/Secrets — Wireless emits from ground lobby so as for a lower floor for best reception.
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
6 Thank locolobo
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Additional Information about Alexander Hotel

Property: Alexander Hotel
Address: Riehenring 83/85, Basel 4058, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Basel > Basel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #39 of 51 Hotels in Basel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Alexander Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 69
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