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“Nice hotel but not for light sleepers”

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Hotel Merian am Rhein
Ranked #34 of 51 Hotels in Basel
Heidelberg, Germany
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9 reviews
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“Nice hotel but not for light sleepers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2011

The hotel has in incredible location right in the center of Basel. My room had an incredible view to the Rhine and the old bridge. The rooms were of a modest size but still comfortable. Breakfast was good, friendly personnel and a surprisingly good value for money for Switzerland.
Big drawback: the noise. On a good day, even with closed window, you're able to hear the trams passing by every 10 minutes from 5 am or so. If you go in late July-early August, you may find yourself serenaded by the live concerts taking place 20 meters away (www.imfluss.ch). To be fair, the concerts end by 10:30 pm. Still, the hotel is not for light sleepers.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled on business
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2011

we stayed here for two nights in a small double room with a direct river view, the room was definately small and somewhat noisy due to the proximity to the bridge and traffic but despite that would stay here again, good breakfast, friendly and obliging staff,also handy parking in the hotel. The hotel is well located near the river with restaurants and bars nearby.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Weingarten
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2011

Small room but extremly clean. There is no aircondition and if you open the window it is a bit noisy from outside. Nevertheless the hotel has some anemeties that count: Free breakfast with a very good variety of things. Free non alcoholic drinks in the room. Coffee maker with a good coffee (not instant). Free mobility ticket for public transportation during your stay. Free high speed internet in the room via cable.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled on business
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Los Gatos
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 311 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2011

We really loved our stay at this hotel. Upside: The view of the river from our balcony couldn't have been better. The sunsets over the city and river were exqusite. The room size was plenty adequate by European standards. The breakfast was excellent with a good variety of foods. Location, location! Near the center of town and very easy walking distance to all the popular sights. Good service, clean and functional rooms and a good parking garage. Downside: GPS failed to come up with the right directions when we arrived in the evening. A bit hard to find with one way streets etc. Yes, there was noise from the streets but mostly from the trolleys and people walking along the river. We left the balcony door open all night and didn't find the night sounds that annoying as the previous reviewer did. The biggest downside for us was the cost which by Swiss standards was probably reasonable. We stayed elsewhere in Switzerland, France, Italy, and Germany and concluded by the end of our trip that the high cost of living in Switzerland was a major downside to travel there.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2011

Despite the reasonably helpful and generally pleasant staff, the excellent food quality at the hotel restaurant on the edge of the Rhine and the clean, functional but small rooms, I would warn future travelers to be aware that the lack of air conditioning is a problem. Normally, I'd be asleep at this hour but the balcony door is open to keep our room cool. The noise coming in from the river walk below (mostly loud partiers having fun and the frequent trams coming across the bridge) prevent any sleep. Don't get me wrong; this is a GREAT location otherwise,. And I like the hotel. But without air conditioning, sleep is difficult. Bring earplugs and sedatives or consider another hotel.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Merian am Rhein

Property: Hotel Merian am Rhein
Address: Rheingasse 2, Basel 4058, Switzerland (Formerly BEST WESTERN Merian Am Rhein)
Region: Switzerland > Canton of Basel > Basel > Altstadt
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 Luxury Hotel in Basel
Price range (per night): ₹ 8,722 - ₹ 15,636
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Merian am Rhein 4*
Number of rooms: 63
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