Located in the heart of Basel on the prestigious Steinenvorstadt, the city’s high-street, Art House Basel is much more than a superbly designed hotel, it is a favourite hang-out and dining venue (Restaurant Souvernir) for both locals and hotel residence. The ambiance has a unique casual and homey feel, nevertheless instilling an element of prestige given by the interior design which is everything but random.
Every single decor piece, lighting fixture, music, AC ventilation – have all been carefully studied, so that beyond a beautiful aesthetic there is also comfort and functionality. The hotel effortlessly achieves an impeccable service standard, which is very warm and friendly. In cooperation with “Colab Gallery” in Weil am Rhein, the Art House is conceived as an open space and a playground for creativity.
The hotel’s contemporary architecture and urban street art style were conceived by the architects of Diener & Diener and the Italian designer Andrea Caputo. The Art House Basel boasts 33 designer rooms and suites, the a private roof-top Mirador (which can be booked for private gatherings ) and a music room.
I was fortunate to experience a Large Junior Suite, a very spacious accommodation adorned with natural materials (predominantly wood) and a hint of a minimalistic Japanese influence. The Hästens bed was heavenly and so was the high-thread cotton linen. Also ”included” was a beautiful Marshall Music Box as well as Netflix on a large screen SmartTv with Apple Tv embedded.
Bathrooms are thick glass enclosed, with luxurious porcelain sinks and functional elements. High water-pressure and the large size natural cosmetics amenities by Soeder as well as as the thick brand new towels – were the main highlights. The attention of the hotel to sustainability was widely evident, beyond just the bathroom amenities. Another important element is soundproofing, both outdoor and indoor, making it for a serene experience and a perfect night sleep.
On the top floor, the Terrace Club Suite includes Basel’s largest hotel terrace making it a much sought after accommodation for the discerning travellers. The exquisitely finished wooden floors in all accommodation would lend a feeling of warmth and cozyness.
At the time of my stay, the city of Basel was still under very strict pandemic measures and restrictions. The staff and the hotel would not only firmly implement all the measures but they would go out of their way for guest to not experience a lower standards of service, which was indeed impressive. Without the measures of the pandemic, the entire hotel is spotlessly clean, so the additional measures did not come as a hassle.
Art House is THE hotel of choice no matter the purpose of your visit – leisure or business, alone or in couple, with friends or with children. The hotel is perfectly equipped both in terms of product and service to cater to the most demanding guests.
Oliver Petcu in Basel
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