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YMCA Hostel Basel Reviews

Gempenstrasse 64, Basel, Switzerland

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1312 Total Reviews
  • 84%Value For Money
  • 87%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 89%Staff
  • 81%Atmosphere
  • 87%Cleanliness
  • 88%Facilities

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A few minutes walk to the main train station, with plenty of trams and trains connecting you to anywhere in the city. Welcoming large common room and guest kitchen. Wifi wasn't always reliable in the room but was consistent in common spaces. Staff were helpful and friendly. The whole hostel was very clean! Great value for money for Switzerland.


extremely basic. one would imagine that in a western country for roughly 70CHF/48£ a night one will atleast get an above basic hostel. The room smelt of tobacco apart from which the linen, bed and pillow were fine. Bath and toilets were not great. Receptionists were curt and not hospitable at all. I have stayed in other YMCAs around the world and this one was quite bad. No breakfast, which i felt should be a basic.


The prices might seem a bit high, compared to the rest of Europe, but are in line with the general swiss cost of life. The room are clean and quiet and the shared living room face a nice yard. The only weakness are the toilet that are not as good as the the other spaces. The personnel, although eterogeneous, is competent. The location is good, and the free access to public transportation for the lenght of your stay is a smart service provided by all the hostels/hotels in Basel.


It's 2 blocks straight away from the sbb station, great clean lounge and very modern kitchen. Plus, it offers a wode range of accommodation for any kind of needs.


Location could be better since it's on the wrong side of the station, but still close enough to the station to be good. Otherwise, perfect stay, friendly staff, great rooms, super clean.


The staff were so helpful, especially Kevin who helped me print off my tickets, a big thankyou to Kevin. Also the hostel has introduced free breaksfast since i was last there which was wonderful. Thankyou for a lovely stay.


We stayed only a night but during that time we felt really well. Everything was nice and therefore there is nothing to complain about.

  • 20th Dec 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Argentina
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Very good location.. nearby the central station. It has a very nice kitchen for those who want to cook something. The breakfast is some croissants, milk, orange juice and fruits. The room was really clean and the bathrooms as well. Internet was always good. They give also a ticket for transportation that was really handy. A little bit expensive although it was one of the cheapest (everything in Switzerland is much more expensive)


Excellent service


It is a very nice and clean hospital! The beds are very comfortable and the room layout itself was wonderful - the lockers are in a separate area with a table and chairs and sink. This is very nice when sharing a room - people can get in and out of lockers and ready for bed without disturbing other guests. The staff was VERY helpful and kind - they switched our room when requested so we could have bottom bunks. Overall, I would love to stay here again. Great experience.

  • 17th Dec 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Very good




A large city hostel with no atmosphere. It is clean in a good location and good priced compared to others in the city. Although a lower score given as there is a hidden extra city tax, not mentioned at the time of booking and the booking confirmation says all taxes included, so they have tick the wrong option on their profile


Was fantastic! Highly recommended! Would expect a place like this to be way more than it was!


People are nice and the place is clean and modern offering you all facilities you need.


Awesome hostel. It's winter so the place was empty, but the facilities were fantastic and staff was really friendly.


I had a very good sleep here. Nothing to complain about!


Really nice hostel, very comfortable and clean.


The staff here were nice and helpful with suggestions of what to do in the city. The kitchen had everything and was always extremely clean. The bathrooms as well were clean. Wifi worked well throughout the hostel. However, the common room was very quiet and unsocial. As well, I found that more older men stayed here and I was constantly hit on which made me very uncomfortable. Also beds are pushed together so you are sleeping directly beside the other person.


This hostel felt very clinical, the city itself is very expensive. I arrived and was handed a key card for my room and was told it was the third floor, I was not shown around. atmosphere didn't really exist. The hostel looked clean, the showers were not great, I was also bitten a bit while I was there but did not see what by. Shame really as it is the most reasonable place in Basel, I would probably stay again only for the price and location.

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