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A sweet hotel in Basel

In 2018 we atayed one night in Hotel Gaia in Basel, near the end of our trip. We wanted to be close to the main train station for convenience on arriva from Geneva, and departure to Colmar. This hotel was perfect for the purpose. And today I learned what a caring place it is.

I got an email announcing the departure of two important staff members, one a woman named Selina who was a leading figure in moving the hotel toward a more environmental-friendly approach to lodging. The other is a collie named Aramis, whom we did not have a chance to meet. You can read about them here on the hotel website:
https://www.gaiahotel.ch

I would recommend this hotel for a stay in Basel in any case, but this email just confirmed that they are a caring company, worthy of support.

We found a lot to like in Basel. It was August when we were there, and my husband joined the river swim, which had lots of people participating. In the morning before catching our train to Colmar, we explored the Old Town, which was beautiful and interesting. There were lots of interesting museums on offer which we did not have time to see. Perhaps next time.

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Lola, what do you mean by "NF museums"? I'm drawing a blank on that.

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acraven stole my question... eh?

I've developed a real affinity for Basel. I think we'll try the Gaia next time. Hope it is soon...

The Paper Mill is a fun little hands on museum.

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That was some weird autocorrect my iPad invented. I have corrected it.

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Nigel, we also enjoyed the Paper Mill Museum. Great recommendation.

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Thanks for this recommendation, Lola. I’ve wanted to go to Basel since they opened the Paul Klee museum there — which must be 10 or 15 years ago now, yikes. It’s nice to have an inside recommendation for a hotel.

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Now I have received a Christmas card from the hotel, with a photo of the Dalai Lama and a quote from him, “Choose to be optimistic—-it feels better.” I like that.

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Two years ago I stayed in Basel for two nights of my Switzerland trip. While there, I attended the ATP Tennis tournament and saw Roger Federer play. I stayed at the Swissotel Le Plaza, which was the ATP players' hotel. I'd definitely recommend Switzerland--so much to do and very accessible. The public transit makes it all so easy.