On the other side of the river from the Drei Könige, just over the Mittlere Rheinbrücke, the first and for many centuries the only bridge over the Rhein between Lake Constance and the sea, is the four-star Hotel Mèrian. Its guestrooms—many of them on the river side—are modern but perhaps a little sterile.

The hotel's fish restaurant is well-regarded and has an interesting nautical decor (if tables in the bar are put together jigsaw style they form a fish shape.) The welcome and service from Bodo and Ursula Skrobucha is both warm and efficient. Ask one of them to show you the stained glass in the elegant downstairs meeting rooms of the historic "Three Honorable Companies" (ancient trade guilds).

Street Address: Rheingasse 2
City: Basel
Country: Switzerland
Phone: +41 61 685 11 11
Fax: +41 61 685 11 12
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Quality: Rating: 2 stars
Value: Rating: 2 stars
Price Level: $$$-
Type: Hotel