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YMCA Hostel Basel Reviews

Gempenstrasse 64, Basel, Switzerland

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1218 Total Reviews
  • 85%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 89%Location
  • 84%Staff
  • 81%Atmosphere
  • 93%Cleanliness
  • 86%Facilities

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Good hostel. Not too far to walk to the city centre - an easy 15mins. Pretty good facilities.


It's a really nice hostel, having a good location and it's easy to find from the city centre. The hostel is clean, and has a nice sitting area. One con might be that the rooms don't have that many outlets, you don't even have one near your bed. Moreover, you sleep right next to a stranger, with a septum between the heads. That's a bit weird.. However, you get free public transport passes for your whole stay, which is awesome because Switzerland is very expensive!


This hostel was very convenient for traveling (less than 5 min walk from Basel SBB) and had plenty of shops nearby. The staff were very helpful, friendly, and answered all of my questions. The rooms were extremely clean and bright with a modern feel, something unusual for a hostel. Also, you get a key to the room and your own locker, and all of the beds are spacious with reading lights built in. You can buy breakfast for 8 CFH but you always have access to the kitchen and there's tea and coffee!

  • 2nd Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Excellent hostel. Super clean and cozy atmosphere.


The hostel is extremely close to the main train station, and some Km away from the city center, but nothing too bad. The place was great and it was always extremely clean. Wifi signal was kinda weak in the upper floors, but the speed was good. The only thing I can complaint of is the first girl that was in charge of reception the first day I arrived. She was quite useless and didnt know anything about the city, all she kept saying was: "Better come back tomorrow morning to ask again"




Ok! Dorm beds are really weirdly made. It's two bunks in one, which means, you can't move it so your basicly sleeping really to closely to a stranger (yes you can touch, their's just a plywood sheet seperating ypur heafs, not the rest of your bodies...). Anyway, really wierd and not pleasant. In hostels you expect to meet people, but not sleep with strangers. Plus the dorms a really lacking power outlet (only one in a 8 dorm bed). Breakfast not included and wifi only works in the kitchen really.


They give you a pass to use public transportation for free! Their shower is the best ever!

  • 8th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Brazil
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Great hostel, really comfortable but the guests it draws really lets it down. Never had such a terrible nights sleep. It seems to draw the type of people who'd stay in hotels if the could affford it. They'd come into the room at 11pm and turn the lights on so they could spend 30 mins packing their bags and then another 30 mins at 5:30am getting dressed and finishing packing. Worst hostel ever for guest etiquette.


I liked my trip and staying very much!!!

  • 18th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Russia
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


Good location, nice facilities. Wfi connection is good. Nothing to judge I think...


Comfortable and well organizated


excellent value and location - 5min walk t other side of the station from where the airport shuttle bus drops off and everything in the centre within easy walking distance. cleanest hostel i've stayed in and first place i've been in Switzerland that the price can genuinely be described as 'budget'


The street this hostel locate on is quiet and beautiful with colorful houses both sides. And it's little walking to the train station. I like the environment there. If the price including breakfast, it will be a excellent place to stay in.

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