Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois

A taste of Swiss history on the Rhine

Many hotels tout a tradition of hospitality, but few live up to the standards of Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois. Operating as a hotel since 1681 (albeit with a few upgrades along the way), this Basel property occupies pride of place along the River Rhine and continues to offer the posh perks and stellar service that have entertained the likes of Napoleon Bonaparte, Pablo Picasso and Bob Dylan over the past several centuries.

Rather than attempting to keep up with ever-changing trends, the luxury riverside hotel opts instead for classic elegance. Neoclassical-inspired interiors call to mind the hotel’s historic past while still impressing modern visitors. An internationally acclaimed eatery draws in a jet-set crowd with haute cuisine that still honors French tradition. A city-center location puts the best of Basel at your feet while providing a sumptuous home base with warm hospitality to return to after a long day.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Stellar service is certainly a highlight at the Basel hotel, from the smartly dressed waiters in the restaurants to housekeeping staffers who leave surprising delights (full water pitchers, chocolates and even kiwis) at turndown.
  • Try your hand at mixology with a cocktail class taught by Chef de Bar Thomas Huhn. Learn to shake up classic cocktails like a Moscow mule and get educated on the essentials for stocking the perfect home bar.
  • Uniquely adorned accommodations all feature Neoclassical-inspired touches like patterned wallpaper, thick curtains, armchairs and polished wood furnishings. Discreet modern touches such as heated bathroom floors keep things comfortably up to date without ruining the timeless aesthetic.
  • It’s the little things that make a difference when you stay at Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois. From the complimentary mini-bar in your room to the hotel’s own award-winning gin, no detail is overlooked here.
  • With over 300 years of history under its belt, the luxury hotel has had its fair share of notable guests. Among the famous lodgers are Prince Rainier of Monaco, Ella Fitzgerald, Voltaire and Charles Dickens.

The Restaurants

  • Signature restaurant Cheval Blanc by Peter Knogl is a destination in its own right for its artfully presented French fare with international flair. White tablecloths and crystal chandeliers set an elegant stage for a multi-course menu of charcoal grilled Breton scallops, spinach polenta with Alba truffle and other fanciful dishes.
  • With its contemporary art-lined walls and stellar views, Brasserie Les Trois Rois is a slightly more laid-back but no less impressive culinary destination. The acclaimed eatery serves up a seasonally changing menu of French and Swiss fare best enjoyed from one of the restaurant’s few riverside window seats.
  • While the menu of Brasserie Les Trois Rois ebbs and flows with the seasons, signatures could include Zurich-style veal, wiener schnitzel with cucumber salad or an indulgent risotto packed with fresh seafood. A three- or four-course menu option is available for those looking for a little taste of everything.
  • When the weather is agreeable, be sure to snag a seat on the terrace of Bar Les Trois Rois. Sipping afternoon tea or a perfectly crafted cocktail with views of the Rhine and the neighboring architecture is an experience you won’t soon forget.

24-hour room service
Babysitting services
Pet friendly
Getting There
Blumenrain 8, 4001, Basel, Switzerland
BSL (9-14 min)   ZRH (1 hr-1 hr 25 min)  
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