by Peter Heller White
Belying its unassuming 1970s exterior, the quality of the Hotel Basel‘s reception, the room (spacious and totally soundproof in our case, at least), and the food make this an excellent choice for enjoying and exploring the vibrant, fun city of Basel. A minute’s walk to the Marktplatz (Market Square) where you will find food stalls, the historic and lovely Rathaus (City Hall) and tram links to take you wherever you wish to go in and around the city (for free, since you only need to show your hotel reservation confirmation or free pass available at reception). We had a perfectly prepared four-course dinner in the Brasserie (there is also a restaurant that we didn’t try) and the breakfast, which is served in the barrel-vaulted basement, was copious and leisurely. All-in-all a most pleasant choice for a weekend break in Basel.