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YMCA Hostel Basel Reviews

Gempenstrasse 64, Basel, Switzerland

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1164 Total Reviews
  • 83%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 93%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 83%Atmosphere
  • 91%Cleanliness
  • 88%Facilities

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It was OK, the price was high but we were in Switzerland, which is an expensive country. It has good and large facilities, chill room etc and the furniture is new and fashion, at least in the common zones. However, when we got there there was noone in the desk and we had to wait for 2 hours and we did not know it previously. This fact for us was unacceptable. Appart from that, we found very few bathrooms and showers for the big amount of people we were.


Wouldn't recommend this place, seriously. Uncooperative staff. Overcharged.

  • 6th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Pakistan
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The hostel was nice and the staff were great... however - the beds are very close together (pushes next to each other) in the 8 person dorm. It was uncomfortable to feel like you are sleeping in a large bed with a stranger. I wish I booked the separate and private ensuite. I haven't come across this in other hostels.


I was very happy to get cheap clean place to stay for a night and very near to train station. Ben


Great stay in a beautiful city. Worth the money and fab facilities!

  • 16th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Walking distance from the train station, clean, very nice, excellent security. Not 24 hour reception.


Good location for train travellers.


This is one of the best hostels I've ever experienced.


The staff was friendly and helpful. Great common room area and a giant kitchen. Rooms were clean and tidy. Spent two nights here and had no problems. Easy to find from train station.


Nice Nice Nice. No words but Nice! Go there! :)


The location and facilities of YMCA Hostel, Basle are very good. Enjoyed the stay at YMCA, Basel!

  • 28th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • India
  • Mixed Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Very good location. Very nice living room with a big kitchen. The bathrooms are ok, outside of the room. The Staff was ok. The bed was the worse thing. The mattress base was broken, so the mattress was bended. The bed 3 and 5 are literally together, only separated with a small plank. Not really comfortable the feeling of sleeping in the same bed with someone else. The Atmosphere is quite neutral, no specially fun.


Five stars hostal! everything is wonderful.


I´ve been coming here for years during Art Basel, it´s conveniently located, but it´s a bit sterile,typical for Ys. A plus is the free use of guest computers, even though most people now have their own gadgets, it´s good to have cause i travel sans. You can also get a free locker after checking out, so it´s good that your stuff is safe.


It was very nice hostel, both clean and a good atmosphere. Brilliant location, close to the station and the town centre, couldnt fault it as I arrived late at night, walked out of the train station and was pretty much there.


A written statement regarding switching off mobile phones overnight so as to not disturb other guests would be helpful.


Very central and clean hostel. Only downsides were check-in, as it took really long and there was not a great atmosphere in the evening - no real bar, could not sit outside after 10pm.


At first I wasn't impressed, bit it grew on me slightly over the three days. Quite a large hostel with more of a hospital vibe than a hostel. Maybe just Switzerland and I have been spoiled in all other countries. The staff are mostly nice and helpful (as in they'l answer your question but probably not offer you any guidance), but one morning I got some real bad attitude from the french breakfast lady (not what you need when french train strikes have you stranded)


A really nice place: clean and relax.


Stayed in two different 8-person dorms. It was pretty cramped in one of them. (They had two bunk beds next to each other, so it's like you're sleeping next to a stranger.) Bathrooms were very clean and pleasant. The kitchen facilities had everything you might want (fridge, plates, utensils, stove, sinks). There were a fair number of older people staying at the hostel, so it wasn't exactly a party atmosphere.

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