i stayed in what i can only describe as the *nicest hotel room ever* when i was in basel this past weekend.
hotel krafft is my kind of contemporary design hotel; where everything is stylish yet highly functional and nothing feels like it is trying too hard. located directly on the rhine, the hotel ascribes to the “quality, authenticity, simplicity” mantra, creating simple accommodation spaces that stimulate the imagination. i was incredibly blessed to have a junior suite on the top floor, complete with sun-trap balcony and views across the city rooftops. pleasingly, the room was minimally furnished with classic 1950s style swiss furniture, along with select iconic pieces from the vitra home collection, including my favourite small dot & checker maharam pillows by eames.
any hotel with a top-notch in-room espresso machine is going to get a thumbs up in my book, and i loved that there was self-serve water dispensers on each floor (for both still and sparkling water) meaning you never ran out of drinking water, as you could fill your carafe up as many times as you liked! there was also a beautiful japanese teapot and cups provided, along with a wide selection of herbal teas, perfect to accompany the spiced basler läckerli i had found in my room upon arrival ( – truly delicious, made from honey, hazelnuts, candied peel, and kirsch)
when i checked in i was pleasantly surprised to be handed a “proper” key to my room, with a reassuringly chunky keyring attached – no chance of losing that one in the depths of your bag! does anyone else struggle with those electronic swipecard entry key things? i’ve lost count of the number of times they’ve been “accidently deactivated” and i’ve been locked out of my room. happily, that would never happen here at hotel krafft.
the pièce de résistance though was the spacious bathroom complete with freestanding tub and walk-in shower and huuge bottles of l’occitane bath foam, shower gel and hand cream to lavish on my skin. it really is a wonder i made it out of my hotel room at all that weekend, given how inviting and homely the suite was – if it had been an apartment, i would have put in an offer right then and there!
and i haven’t even mentioned the sunny balcony yet, with it’s views across the rooftops of the city and typically swiss red lounge chairs… oh, if only i could check back in this weekend!
hotel krafft, rheingasse 12, 4058 basel