A small boutique hotel of 20 small rooms, the Hotel au Violon keeps things simple and civilised. Decoratively understated with white walls and floors of tile and parquet, little embellishment is needed for a building that still contains traces of a history spanning nearly a millennium. Areas of the original crypt are still intact, architectural layers from differing eras evident from keeping your eyes open whilst in the lift shaft. First a church, then a monastery which later became a victim of the Reformation, it was converted eventually into a prison and remained as such for 160 years until its current reincarnation as an elegant hotel. Centrally located in Basel’s old quarter, it’s an excellent base for to explore the city from.
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