Swissotel Le Plaza Basel City

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On the whole, Switzerland is tolerant and gay-friendly, especially in more urban and diverse areas. Zurich, Geneva, and Basel are the centers of gay life in Switzerland, although ski resorts such as Zermatt, Lenzerheide, Gstaad and Arosa are also popular destinations (mostly in winter), even hosting gay ski weeks.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBTrights in Switzerland are relatively progressive by European standards, although LGBT people lack full legal equality. Its history is one of liberalisation at an increasing pace since the 1940s, in parallel to the legal situation in Europe and the Western world more generally. Legislation providing for same-sex marriage and IVF access will enter into force after a likely referendum in 2021.

Basel has a long history of being a  gay friendly resort and in downtown we can find a few gay friendly bars as well as  Bar Rouge or Baragraph bar are  the most famous gay place in Basel, Switzerland.

Basel is a city on the Rhine River in northwest Switzerland, close to the country’s borders with France and Germany. Its medieval old town centers around Marktplatz, dominated by the 16th-century, red-sandstone Town Hall. Its 12th-century Gothic cathedral has city views, and contains the tomb of the 16th-century Dutch scholar, Erasmus. The city’s university houses some of Erasmus’ works.

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1. Hotel D – Design Hotel 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Basel

Hotel D - Design Hotel
Hotel D – Design Hotel

This gay-friendly 4-star boutique and design hotel is located in the heart of Basel. The stylish rooms all feature modern amenities such as iPod docking stations. Free Wi-Fi is available.

Hotel D’s rooms were fully-renovated in February 2016 and are equipped with LED-backlit LCD TVs with laptop connections, as well as LED rain showers. They offer panoramic views over the Old Town and the Rhine River.

A rich continental breakfast including many organic products and fair trade coffee is served in the morning. Hotel D – Basel also includes a sauna and a modern fitness studio with Technogym equipment.

Across the road from the banks of the Rhine River, this chic hotel is a 10-minute walk from the 9th-century Basel Minster church and 5 km from artwork at Museum Tinguely.

Streamlined rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, safes and minibars. All provide designer toiletries and Nespresso machines. Upgraded rooms add pull-out sofas, while suites feature terraces with city views.

There’s a spa area with a sauna and a gym. A breakfast buffet is available for a surcharge.

The newest Design & Boutique hotel in Basel, Switzerland. Located on the famous Blumenrain Strasse, close to the old town and the renowned attractions.

Lovely, amazing staff! Thanks to them, our short stay in Basel was a huge success! The location was great, next to the river, where we enjoyed floating with locals and tourists. The hotel was modern with a relaxing vibe. Clean and cozy room. Perfect bed! Tiny sauna, and ok gym facilities.

I love staying at the Hotel D for it’s modern, clean rooms, friendly & accommodating staff and central location in the old time. The hotel is very quiet, has a small gym and is walking distance to the river. Great, affordable hotel in Basel.

Our room was on the second floor towards the street. However, street noises were blocked thanks to the window glazing. The modern room itself was spacious, simple but nicely decorated. We appreciated the Nespresso coffee machine incl. two capsules for own preparation. Regarding the bathroom, we particularly enjoyed the shower. The rooms were comfortable and very clean.

Only negative point were the pillows, which were to thick for us. However, I am convinced that if we had approached the reception desk with this, they would have provided us with new (softer) pillows.
Staff was very helpful and friendly.

The location is perfect: parking spaces are close by, the city centre as well as the river site are in short walking distance.

The breakfast buffet is not massive, though plenty and enough choices, and fresh. The hotel has a gym and steam area included in the hotel tariff, which we did not use. We certainly will revisit Hotel D at our next trip to Basel.

Very nice and friendly hotel. Comfortable, well designed but somewhat small rooms. Great location, very central but at the same time quiet at night. Old town and museums in walking distance. Competent and friendly staff.

Centrally located and comfortable rooms. Bathroom is nice for the area. Good gym. Close to major tourist attractions and easily walkable to many nearby restaurants. Polite and helpful staff.

Service was good, room was small. TINY. Very pricy, but that is how Switzerland is overall. Not a terribly comfortable place due to narrow hallways, small lift, tiny room(s). Bathroom was OK, shower was great (overhead, really cool and how showers should be), but little functional things like the placement of the toilet paper rack when you’re actually “using” the toilet were not thought through (form over function—an overall issue here), you had to be a contortionist.

Breakfast was super expensive so we went to eine Backerei down the the street.

Gay Friendly Hotels Basel
Gay Friendly Hotels Basel

How much does a room costs at Hotel D – Design Hotel?

Prices start 242$/night for Standard Room. The Junior Suite with Terrace – Top Floor is  354$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Fully-renovated in February 2016, these spacious rooms feature a bedroom with a 41-inch LED HD-ready TV screen, a separate seating area, and an additional flat-screen TV in the bathroom.

Where to book online – Hotel D – Design Hotel  – Gay Friendly Hotels Basel Switzerland you can find the best hotels deals in Basel during Basler Fasnacht which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Basel on or or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


2. Swissotel Le Plaza Basel City 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Basel

Swissotel Le Plaza Basel City
Swissotel Le Plaza Basel City

Swissotel Le Plaza Basel is a 4-star superior hotel connected to the Congress Center Basel and is only a 10-minute walk away from the centre. It offers elegant rooms, fine cuisine, free WiFi, and up-to-date fitness facilities.

All spacious rooms and suites feature air-conditioning, an LCD satellite TV, and tea and coffee making facilities.

A scrumptious breakfast is served daily at the property. At the Grill25 restaurant, you can enjoy a wide range of steaks and fresh fish from the grill. Vegetarian dishes are also available.

Further hotel amenities include daily complimentary newspapers and free access to a sauna and a steam bath. Shops, hairdressers and a pharmacy are located right next to the Swissotel Le Plaza. Guests can get help from the reception when organising tickets for events and concerts in the city.

Across from the Messe Basel exhibition center, this modern hotel is 2.1 km from Zoo Basel and 7 km from the colorful exhibits at the Vitra Design Museum.

The contemporary rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and tea and coffeemakers. Suites add separate living areas and espresso machines. Upgraded suites add dining areas and marble bathrooms, while some offer whirlpool tubs. Room service is available.

Freebies include breakfast served in a vibrant restaurant, as well as public transportation tickets. Other amenities include a steam room and a sauna.

Basel is not only a Swiss City with a big heart, with a smile on their face people from Basel proudly declare it a major city in pocket size format and they are right. The city by the Rhine offers everything you could wish for in a city trip. Culture and Business go hand in hand and only the sky’s the limit. The same holds true should you decide to stay at the Swissotel Basel. No matter if you are traveling to the border triangle, the old town, the Rhine, the musical theatre or to other numerous sightseeing spots in Basel, all of which are in walking distance.

Centrally located you will not only enjoy our elegant guest rooms but also real Swiss hospitality. Swissotel Basel provides 238 spacious rooms and suites with satellite LCD TV. Start your day right with a sumptuous breakfast at our Grill 25 restaurant or room service, make use of the complimentary newspaper, free wifi, complimentary use of our Puerovel Sport with a sauna and a steam room. Our concierge team would be delighted to assist in planning a day trip or assist in getting tickets to numerous Events and shows. Additionally our guests truly value our pillow menu in the guestrooms as well as the espresso machine.

The location of this hotel makes it ideal for getting out and about. The tram stop is literally right next door to the hotel. We had a standard double room. It was clean, warm, quiet, and had all the facilities we could possibly need including tea and coffee and a small fridge with the usual minibar contents. The tv had a lot of UK channels which made a nice change from only having BBC World News!

The Queen size bed was possibly the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in in a hotel! The breakfast was also very good with a wide choice of hot and cold food. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. All in all it would be difficult to criticize this hotel. We have stayed in a lot of hotels and this one certainly earns its four stars. We would like to come back as Basel is a good place to explore and we will certainly come back to this hotel.

This is a superb hotel in Basel. Excellent location being easy walking distance into the centre but also opposite the Messeplatz tram stop with free trams to many destinations.

The hotel is large with great rooms, excellent staff and first class breakfast. Both reception and concierge teams are just brilliant.

Not the most convenient of locations if you’re wanting to explore the old town but, there is a tram stop outside which takes you there in ten minutes (Tram No 6). This stop also takes you to the main railway station (Tram No 2) where you change and onwards to the airport (Tram No 50). The hotel provides complimentary travel which is a great asset and the transport system is efficient. No need therefore to spend money on a taxi when it really is that easy (and free) by public transport.

We found the staff here fantastic; friendly, polite, knowledgeable and helpful. This applies to everybody we encountered; front of house, the concierge and waiting staff. Rooms are clean and comfortable.
The breakfast was excellent with a choice of freshly cooked eggs however you like them plus all the usual breakfast buffet items and more.

Gay Friendly Hotels Basel Switzerland
Gay Friendly Hotels Basel Switzerland

How much does a room costs at Swissotel Le Plaza Basel City ?

Prices start 160$/night for Standard Room.

Where to book online – Swissotel Le Plaza Basel City  – Gay Friendly Hotels Basel Switzerland you can find the best hotels deals in Basel during Basler Fasnacht which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Basel on or or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. easyHotel Basel City 2* – LGBT Friendly Hotels Basel Switzerland

easyHotel Basel City
easyHotel Basel City

The easyHotel Basel is located next to the Messe Basel fairgrounds, within walking distance from the centre, 10 minutes by tram from the Main Train Station and 3 minutes from the Badischer Bahnhof Railway Station. The hotel features a self-check-in terminal for 24/7 access outside reception hours.

The easyHotel Basel offers simple rooms at great-value rates with a flat-screen TV and a bathroom with shower and free toiletries.

You will get a Mobility Ticket for the free use of public transport in Basel. Public parking places are a 5-minute walk away and are available at reduced rates for guests of the hotel.

A steakhouse restaurant is part of the same property and serves fresh meat dishes, prepared on a special barbecue grill from the USA.

This utilitarian budget hotel is a 2-minute walk from a tram station, a 4-minute walk from Messe Basel exhibition center and 1.6 km from the Kunstmuseum Basel.

The functional, compact rooms offer complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as flat-screen TVs. Upgraded rooms have windows. There’s stair-access only.

A relaxed steakhouse is housed in the same building.

easyHotel Basel puts you right in the centre of Basel, next to the Messe Basel exhibition centre and with easy access to the city’s attractions as well as the Jura mountains. Just 10 minutes by tram to the main station and 3 minutes to Badischer Bahnhof train station, making it ideal for leisure or business travellers. A mobility ticket is included with your room for use of free public transport in Basel, while public parking is available 5 minutes away at reduced rates for guests.

A steakhouse restaurant is part of the same property and serves fresh meat dishes. Our super- budget accommodation offers simple rooms at great-value rates, fully equipped an en-suite, TV and WiFi.

Great location, a few minutes away from Basel’s main shopping areas, restaurants and bar. A steps away from Musical Basel Theatre. As the rest of Switzerland, great public transportation. Be warn though the price completely reflects the services/amenities, basic hotel with privacy for a budget traveller. Helpful reception desk.

The room was small, but we had no intention of staying in it- the beds are comfy (only one very thin pillow each though), the bathroom is like a plane bathroom (the whole thing molded out a plastic) but it did the job perfect. The best thing about this is the location- it is right on the Messeplatz which is one of the main tram stations with most of the trams going through. You can equally walk into the city in about 30 mins. Their is a steak restaurant in the same building.

We were on the third floor (top) and there is no lift- there are no ground floor rooms so people should be aware this is not disabled friendly at all. Wifi free but very hit and miss. Nowhere local to get breakfast unless you walk/tram into town. As I say, this was perfect for what we needed, but longer stays may want to look for somewhere with a bit more choice.

Check-in was swift and easy. You don’t get a key but a printout of your booking with a numeric code to access your room. The room itself was small but large enough to place hand luggage (larger luggage would stuggle). There was free WiFi and a TV with mainly Swiss channels (the only English channel was BBC World News). We stayed in the only windowless room on the floor but there is an air vent which keeps the air in the room fresh. The bathroom was small but perfectly functional, with soap/shower gel/shampoo supplied in the form of a pump on the wall.

There is no restaurant/breakfast room on site but there are a number of cafes/takeaways nearby. Its across the river from the old town and most of the sights but an easy 10-15 minute stroll to the river.

Overall a great base from which to explore Basel.

This is an excellent hotel at the cheaper end of the market. The rooms are very clean but basic. Shower was hot, bed comfortable and very quiet. There is a good restaurant attached to the hotel. The hotel is opposite the Musical Theater Basel, handy if you are planning to see a show. There are many excellent cafes on the roads around the hotel. The trams stop almost outside the hotel and the city centre is no more than a 5 minute tram journey.

The hotel provides a free tram pass for the length of your stay. A walk to the Rhine takes around 15 minutes where you can take the plunge and have the traditional swim, most exhilarating. There is parking available on the side roads adjacent to the hotel which costs £10 Swiss Francs per day with tickets available from the tram ticket machines.

Gay Friendly Hotels Basel
Gay Friendly Hotels Basel

How much does a room costs at easyHotel Basel City ?

Prices start 95$/night for Economy Double Room (self-check-in).

This room is equipped with a TV and a private bathroom.

Where to book online – easyHotel Basel City  – Gay Friendly Hotels Basel Switzerland you can find the best hotels deals in Basel during Basler Fasnacht which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Basel on or or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.