Just 1 hour from Zurich, let’s escape to Basel for a cultural getaway and if you are going to stay for more than a few nights, we really love SET Hotel.Residence by Teufelhof.
Situated in Basel’s Old Town, you will experience urban living like a local just a 15-minute walk from Bahnhof Basel and just 5 minutes from Marktplatz where the brightly colored red Rathaus (Town Hall) is located and the farmer’s market takes place every day of the week. The shops and restaurants in the neighborhood are wonderful, but it is truly a such special property that you may wish to simply extend your stay! The property once housed university students, and was converted into a hotel just last year so everything is fresh, inviting and cool with air-conditioning to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature…even when it is hot 38º outside.
It was originally this property that inspired our article “Why Swiss Hotels Offering a Kitchenette is a MUST this Summer“. The convenience of your own hotel kitchen is understood by parents especially…but during these crazy covid times that we are currently living in, the benefits of a kitchenette are amplified. The smell of Nespresso in your room will help get your morning started and the beautiful breakfast buffet welcomes children with colorful plastic dining and drink ware.
That’s right, if you are traveling with children or on business for a few days, the washing machine conveniently (and discreetly) located right in your room is a major bonus. There are 4-31m² Courtyard Design Apartments with a kitchen and even a private washing machine, while 9 additional studios are 26m² complete with a kitchenette. While your laundry spins away the fun from the day, enjoy the private courtyard on the ground floor where kiddos can run around while you flip through a book from the hotel library while enjoying a refreshing house-brewed beer.
From Museum Tinguely to Fondation Beyeler and the Vitra Design House (bring your passports as it’s just across the German border), there is so much to discover…not to mention the hundreds of independent art installations and pop-ups scattered all throughout the city. Goodbye manual bicycle for hire to explore with, the SET Hotel allows guests to enjoy 4 eBikes and their special eSmart Car free of charge! Reservations are not possible and these amenities are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. We really enjoy how well Basel-stadt is designed to accommodate bicycle traffic with dedicated lanes and smooth pavement…just be careful at crossings where there are multiple intersecting tram lines.
Just across the street is the big brother of SET Hotel…Der Teufelhof Basel. Infamous for it’s Michelin rated restaurant, hotel and theater uniting under the roof of these 18th-century townhouses where rooms are designed by local artists. If you are not traveling with children and prefer booking at the Teufelhof, we suggest requesting “Zimmer 2” conceptualized by Dieter Meier from the band Yello, famous for their “Oh Yeah” single which appeared in iconic American films such as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Uncle Buck.
Summer 2020 brings you a special offer! With the keyword RIVIERA Summer-Package you will enjoy a special “wickelfisch” so you can keep your clothes dry while joining the community float commute down the Rhine! The waterproof swimming bag is your free gift valid for arrival through 20 September 2020.
The overnight accommodation was graciously provided by Swiss Hospitality Collection and SET Hotel.Residence by Teufelhof allowing us to highlight the wonderful advantages the city of Basel has for Zurich residents to visit overnight for a cultural getaway just one hour from Zurich.
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