Directly on the banks of the Rhine in Klein-Basel (Lesser Basel). Comprehensive room renovations respecting the existing building structures were carried out in 2005, supplemented with Swiss-type furniture. In 2008 the 12 renovated rooms with en-suite bathrooms in the annex, complemented with Vitra furniture, were opened. The Krafft cuisine is based on local and seasonal creations, served either in the restaurant overlooking the Rhine or on the terrace.


Character, charm and quality: The Krafft Basel enjoys a long tradition as a city hotel with a restaurant situated in the heart of the old town “Kleinbasel”, symbolizing the life of the Rheingasse. The renovated building from 1873 combines classic with contemporary design: Individually designed hotel rooms and junior suites with a variety of extras in comfortable units across the street in the annex. The restaurant convinces with its variety of fresh products and with its authenticity and invites to experience the pleasure of dining in a new way. A smoking lounge and the wine bar consum complete the Krafft offer. Beautiful moments on the Rhine.

Swiss Historic Hotel

Awarded "Historic Hotel of 2007" for "using means that show care and consideration for building structures, typology and furnishings worth preserving". Opened in 1873, renovated and supplemented with Swiss "Typenmöbel" furniture in 2005. Guests have always included artists; Hermann Hesse wrote "Steppenwolf" here. Reception with original key hooks and locking system.

Certified by ICOMOS

Historic hotel of the year 2007 This distinction honours "the careful use of resources used for the renovation, and the respect for the building structure, the typology and the furnishings worth preserving. It also appreciates the contemporary additions, which integrate some fresh creativity, and above all the enthusiasm of the managers, which marks the life and soul of the historic town hotel". In 1872, Ernst Krafft replaced three medieval worker’s dwellings with a hotel spreading over four floors and seven axes on the shores of the Kleinbasler [Lesser Basel] Rhine River. One of the hotel's famous guests was Hermann Hesse, who wrote the novel “Steppenwolf” while staying here. The hotel was renovated and extended in 1958, and in the year 2002 it was bought by the current tenant, Franz-Xaver Leonhardt. In 2003, the Edith Maryon Foundation stepped in and from 2004 to 2006 all the rooms were renovated and equipped with Swiss "Typenmöbel" furniture from the 1950's.

4 star

Q I - Service Quality

Hotel offers

  • Enjoyment and culture

    1 night, 1 Night in Double room, Breakfast, 1 x 3 course evening meal per room per stay, Public transport... from CHF 308
    Offer Detail

    Price per person in double room
    valid: 22.01.2020 - 29.03.2020

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  • Internet - free
  • Wi-Fi - free
  • TV
  • WC in Room
  • Phone
  • Non smoking rooms
  • Bar
  • Smoking lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Panoramic view
  • Terrace


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Hotel Krafft Basel
Rheingasse 12
4058 Basel

Phone  +41 (0)61 690 91 30


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Hotel Krafft Basel
Rheingasse 12
4058 Basel
Phone  +41 (0)61 690 91 30

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