Hotel D in Basel Switzerland: An Affordable Short Stay

Centrally located in the heart of Basel Switzerland, the Hotel D is a business hotel that’s a great option for a short stay in the center of town. Design (and the service) is in a minimalist style is that’s modern, yet comfortable and the location is ideal for exploring.

There are several rooms types, ascending in size and comfort: standard, deluxe, executive, and suite. I was in the smallest room, a standard. While it served its purpose for a one night stay, I would definitely size up for a longer trip as there wasn’t much room for two people to spread out comfortably.

My room had a small storage area in the entryway, but otherwise there was minimal room for luggage. The main area had a queen bed, bookeneded with nightstands, and two chairs – one in the corner of the room and one at a small desk. I appreciated the individual lights over the bed and the easy-to-access electrical outlets, but I would have liked more than one pillow per person. Aside from the lack of pillows (a common problem in European hotels), the bed was quite comfortable. The large window provided natural light and looked out over nearby rooftops, but had enough insulation that we had a quiet night’s sleep.


The ensuite bathroom was also small but functional, with colorful tiles, an Italian rainshower, and L’Occitane bath products. Each of the 48 rooms includes a flatscreen TV and iPod docking station, free WiFi, air conditioning, hairdryer, safe, and minibar; larger rooms have sofa beds, additional TVs, and king beds.


Onsite, there’s a lounge, fitness center, sauna, luggage storage, and business center. There’s a morning continental breakfast available, but as with many breakfasts in Swiss hotels, it comes at an extra fee that would be hard to justify if you don’t plan to fill up.


There’s no room service, spa, or concierge, but reception is open 24-hours. With limited services, and given my short stay, I didn’t interact with staff aside from check-in, but the person I spoke with was welcoming and offered a map and guidance on navigating the city’s main attractions, which were just a short walk from the hotel’s front door. The hotel is close to the charming streets of the old town and it’s located on a tram line, so it’s easy to get just about anywhere, including the train station and the airport.


If you go: Room rates start at around 180 euros. Book directly online with Hotel D Basel or use one of the booking sites such as Travelocity or Priceline.

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