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Hotel Brasserie au Violon

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#33 of 51 Hotels in Basel
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A bit strange staying in a room that used to be a prison cell, but in the end I had no complaints. Comfortable, clean and very near the centre. I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again. A good option when you are on a medium budget

Thank bootty5
Helsinki, Finland
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Au Violon is a very nice hotel in the heart of Basel. The hotel is situated very well, only less than 100 metres from the nearest tram stop, but still has a very peaceful location with a beautiful inner court that leads to the hotel. The single rooms are not very large, but spacious enough, and the beds are of...

Thank Pylssy
Shelburne, Canada
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Au Violin was a lovely hotel close to downtown Basel and within walking distance to many museums, restaurants and attractions. Our room was basic but clean and had a great view of the cathedral and the square.The free transit pass was a welcome bonus as the trams and buses are very clean and easy to use.

Thank Lyndy35
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We visited here whilst in Basel for an exhibition. The building is an old prison, although I wouldn't have realised this if I'd not been told. It's a steep climb up the way we came but there is a lift for those that need it. We shared some starters; goat's cheese and fois gras. Both were delicious. The dressing on...

Thank Sue B
San Francisco, CA
Reviewed 11 September 2016

Two iterations before becoming a hotel, Au Violon was a convent then prison. Wonder what Basel was like then! Now, the hotel is nestled in quiet location--literally above the fray--aobve the very lively town center, main streets lined with restaurants (including an OK sushi one), the theatre, and more. To get there, you can walk out the frond door and...

Thank MOR63
Granby, Connecticut
Reviewed 20 July 2016

We spent two nights in this lovely boutique hotel. The staff were extremely helpful, from the time I made our reservations until the time we left. I HIGHLY recommend this hotel if you're staying in Basel.

Thank GranbyJillo
Swansea, United Kingdom
Reviewed 31 December 2015

We had a four night stay in one of the 'Police Station' rooms (no 12) overlooking the Christmas market. The location of the hotel is ideal for a winter break being very close to the Barfűsserplatz, main tram stops and the river Rhine as well as the two main Christmas markets. The room (which had a TV - but we...

Thank Jac_Abertawe2015
Lausanne, Switzerland
Reviewed 30 December 2015

Very charming place in the middle of Basel. This building that has almost 1000 years was first a religious building and then for around 100 years, a prison (until 1995). This is why you can get 2 types of rooms: Police station or Cell. The job to transform the prison to a hotel is very nice. When you are in...

Thank PepperGrinder1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 December 2015

This hotel is a former prison, but you wouldn't know that when you're in the lovely restaurant or one of the cozy bedrooms. The location is perfect (we were delighted to find the Christmas market so close by during our December visit), and the staff members we dealt with were polite and helpful. I would have appreciated a kettle in...

Thank emmacgordon
Geneva, Switzerland
Reviewed 12 December 2015

If you visit Basel, home of the Beyeler Foundation and many other museums, the hotel "Au Violon" is a must. It is a former prison converted in a pleasant hotel with 20 rooms on two floors, some of them with a view on the courtyard, other overlooking the heart of the city. It cannot be easier to access the old...

Thank Alain F

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Additional Information about Hotel Brasserie au Violon

Address: Im Lohnhof 4, Basel 4051, Switzerland
Region: Switzerland > Canton of Basel > Basel > Altstadt
Number of rooms: 30
Also Known As:
Brasserie Au Violon Basel
Brasserie Au Violon Hotel
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“choose 2nd Floor--quietest. The floors creak so better be on top. :-)”
 of 5 bubbles MOR63, 10 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Police station rooms are all in the same alley and are bigger than Cell rooms that are all in another alley.”
 of 5 bubbles PepperGrinder1, 30 Dec 2015 | Read review
“We stayed in room 19, and can recommend the pleasant view and excellent shower.”
 of 5 bubbles emmacgordon, 26 Dec 2015 | Read review
“The hotel is very quiet. The choice will be a room overlooking the old town or the courtyard, with a TV or not.”
 of 5 bubbles AlainF_12, 12 Dec 2015 | Read review
“Pick a room facing the town centre. The views are wonderful.”
 of 5 bubbles HCF46, 10 Nov 2015 | Read review
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