Swissotel Le Plaza, Basel
THE HOTEL: This 238-room, four-star-plus hotel is largely aimed at business travellers, with extensive meeting facilities and break-out areas on each floor. Its central location, on the Rhine river, in this compact city is convenient. The hotel is 15 minutes by car from the airport and situated on the north side of the river just a few tram stops from the old town over on the south side. It is directly connected to Congress Center Basel.
THE CHECK-IN: The check-in itself was brisk and simple and I was soon heading to my room. I was given all the information I needed and staff were very helpful.
THE CHECK-IN: My Junior Suite was spacious and light, mixing warm yellow with neutral tones. As well as the king-size bed there was a chaise longue and a sofa area with a coffee table placed next to the round atticstyle window looking across the city’s rooftops. Amenities included a Lavazza coffee machine and mini bar. The marble bathroom had a bath/shower combination. A pillow menu was available and the hotel delivers a complimentary paper to guestrooms each morning. All rooms have free wifi.
THE BUSINESS: Directly connected to the Congress Center Basel, the hotel is perfect for business travellers. The hotel itself has ten meeting and breakout rooms for up to 200 delegates, all with natural daylight, air-conditioning and AV equipment. Day delegate rates are from CHF125 (around £98). I particularly liked the fact that each floor of the hotel had small meetings points with seating and power points – perfect for informal meetings or brainstorming.
THE FACILITIES: The Purovel Sport Fitness Centre had a small but functional space with cardio and weight machines as well as sauna and steam rooms.
THE VERDICT: This hotel feels incredibly spacious and the rooms are modern, cosy and comfortable. Designed very much for the corporate market, there was a good vibe at the hotel due to the number of delegates staying here at the time. The staff were extremely helpful when it came to recommendations and directions to local facilities, event locations and restaurants.
THE DETAILS: Swissotel Le Plaza, Messepl, 25, 4005, Basel, Switzerland. Room rates start from £155 per night. For more information, see: www.swissotel.com.
Reviewed by Laura Gelder (2016)