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Top 7: Most Instagrammable Hotels in Basel

Show your followers the special places in our city. Starting with your accommodation: many Basel hotels impress with their design, hidden inner courtyards or historic walls. We’re showing you seven of them here.

Share your photos with the hashtag #lovebasel!

Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois

The luxury hotel is one of the oldest and most traditional city hotels in Europe. Napoleon and Pablo Picasso stayed here – so it’s no wonder that this Grand Hotel is a worthy Instagram hotspot.

Tip: The Salon du Cigare with a view of the Rhine offers 155 cigars and top wines by the glass.


These hotel rooms are true masterpieces! All nine rooms in Basel’s first art hotel were designed by artists who gave their creativity free rein: here you can sleep beneath colourful mobiles, in a fantasy studio or surrounded by butterflies. Would you like to bet that you’ll find all kinds of subjects here for your Instagram account?

Tip: Visit the archaeological wine cellar with the old city walls of Basel dating back to the 11th and 13th centuries.

The Passage

The Passage Hotel in Basel is modern, streamlined and bright. The decorative window frames provide contrast and are ideal as photo motifs.

Tip: The tranquil inner courtyard is an oasis in the heart of the city.


This is where historic architecture meets modern design. Most guests are amazed as soon as they enter: the imposing spiral staircase, the artistic floor with its mosaic tiles and the timeless Vitra Design make Hotel Krafft «very instagrammable».

Tip: The German author Hermann Hesse wrote «Steppenwolf» here. You’ll surely be able to peep into his former room.  

Nomad Design & Lifestyle Hotel

Architecture and design lovers take note! This hotel, designed by Buchner Bründler Architekten, is particularly popular with Instagrammers. The Urban Club rooms in the rear building feature plenty of exposed concrete and warm oak, while the Design rooms in the front building boast colourful woven rugs and leather.

Tip: The Nomad Eatery offers dishes from around the world – and each is worth an Instagram post!


The Hyperion  in the 105-metre tall Messeturm (trade fair tower) is the hotel with probably the most unusual view in the city. The rooms are situated between the 5th and 14th floors, and the Executive Lounge provides a panoramic view over Basel.

Tip: A drink in the Bar Rouge at dizzying heights – the highest bar in Switzerland.

Motel One

Art is the main topic in this hotel. Paintbrushes, paint tubes and blobs of paint serve as decoration; breakfast is served in the Atelier corner. From here it takes just a few minutes to reach other Instagram hotspots, such as Basel's cathedral, the city hall and Spalenberg.

Tip: The mural «Soundscape» in the lobby was created by Basel-based graffiti artist Adrian Falkner specially for Motel One.