Best hotels and hostels in Northwestern Switzerland

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    Les Trois Rois

    Indisputably Basel's most prestigious address, this beautiful riverfront hotel blends the dignified elegance of bygone times (waltz in the ballroom, anyone?) with young moneyed style. Rooms range from classic to chic, but are hard to fault for comfort and appeal. Those accustomed to the good life will appreciate the excellence of this hotel; others might feel out of their depth.

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    Der Teufelhof

    One for lovers of art and design, ‘The Devil’s Court’ self-bills as a 'guest and culture' house. It comprises two slick, themed hotels – the nine-room avant-garde Art hotel and larger Gallery hotel (in a former convent), each styled with high-end, locally made Vitra furnishings. It has two excellent restaurants: the gourmet-calibre Bel Étage and less-formal Atelier, as well as a small theatre and a wine cellar.

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    Basel Backpack

    Converted from a factory, this independent hostel has friendly staff, bright and roomy four- and eight- bed dorms and a selection of smart, simply stylish single and deluxe double rooms. Other perks include bike rental (Sfr20 per day), breakfast (Sfr8), a bar, guest kitchen and laundry (Sf4) and two convivial lounges.

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    Hotel Krafft

    Design-savvy urbanites will love this renovated historic hotel. Sculptural modern chandeliers dangle in the creaky-floored dining room overlooking the Rhine, and minimalist Japanese-style tea bars adorn each landing of the spiral stairs.

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    Hotel Basel

    In a great location in the heart of the Old Town, this smart, 72-room hotel has a range of simply but comfortably furnished compact single and more spacious double rooms. Due to the shape and size of the hotel, most have a feature wall, skylight or other pleasing particularity. Service is of an excellent standard. Valet parking only is available (per day Sfr29).

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    Hotel Wettstein

    Bargains are few and far between in Basel, but Hotel Wettstein comes up trumps with its central location, modern, well-kept rooms – including complimentary minibars – and friendly welcome. Other pluses include free bike rental, a fitness area, children's playroom and a courtyard garden. Breakfast costs an additional Sfr20. Take tram 2 to Wettsteinplatz.

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    Au Violon

    The doors are one of the few hints that quaint, atmospheric Au Violon was a prison from 1835 to 1995. Most of the rooms are two cells rolled into one and either look onto a delightful cobblestone courtyard or have views of the Münster. Sitting on a leafy hilltop, it also has a well-respected restaurant with outdoor seating in summer.

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    SYHA Youth Hostel Basel

    Designed by Basel-based architects Buchner & Bründler, this swanky, modern hostel in a very pleasant neighbourhood is flanked by tree-shaded squares and a rushing creek. It's only a stone's throw from the Rhine, and 15 minutes on foot from the SBB Bahnhof (or take tram 2 to Kunstmuseum and walk five minutes downhill).

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    Hotel D

    Hotel D is one of Basel's soundest midrangers. The interiors are sleek and contemporary, service is friendly, above-par facilities include a sauna and fitness area, and it's just a tram stop away from the Hauptbahnhof. Nespresso makers, L'Occitane cosmetics and iPod docks are among the welcome in-room extras.

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    Hotel Spalentor

    Just outside the Spalentor gate to the Old Town, you'll find this stylish hotel suited to both business and leisure travellers. Recently refurbished rooms feature sleek modern styling with plush leather chairs and large-screen TVs. Some have balconies. There's a lovely garden and polite, helpful staff.

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    Steinenschanze Stadthotel

    Well located between Basel SBB station and the Old Town, this great-value hotel has simple, compact rooms with fresh, clean lines, comfortable beds, real wood parquetry floors and panelling and lots of natural light. There's a nice communal garden area and friendly, helpful staff.