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BARGAIN LUXURY TRAVEL - SWITZERLAND

LE GRAND HOTEL TROIS ROIS - BASEL
Classic Historic Old Town Luxury on the Rhine

Trois Rois Grand Hotel Basel Rhine River View NightThe Les Trois Rois Hotel of Basel is one of the oldest city hotels of Europe and a charming example of the golden age, updated into a fresh 5 Star Deluxe world class grand hotel. First appearing as a traveler’s inn on the banks of the Rhine River in 1681, the current shape of the classic hotel which has hosted artists, politicians and potentates, dates from 1844 with a design by architect Amadeus Merian. Though many a royal personage has stayed within its walls, the “Three Kings” of the name actually refers to the Biblical three wise men. The idea of traveling kings inspired the naming of many a European inn along the byways of old, but few attained the reputation and longevity of this historic luxury hotel in the heart of Basel. The three kings from the 1754 earlier incarnation stand above the entrance in the façade, and over the main staircase up from the chandelier atrium lobby.

Chandelier Lobby Grand Hotel Trois Rois BaselThe Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois has hosted the likes of Queen Elizabeth II and Elizabeth Taylor, Prince Rainier of Monaco, Pablo Picasso and Thomas Mann, Voltaire and the Rolling Stones. In 2004 the property was taken over by Basel entrepreneur Dr. Thomas Straumann, completely renovated to modern standards sparing no expense to restore the 1844 building under the guidance of Basel Architect Christian Lang. With 101 rooms and suites, some with balcony views of the Rhine, designed in a neo-classical meets art-deco style, furnished with genuine antiques and works of art, a 2 Michelin star gourmet restaurant and an award winning mixology bar, the Trois Rois is worthy of its impressive heritage. Located at the river’s edge in the heart of the Old Town, next to the historic Middle Bridge of Basel, and adjacent to the Schifflande cruise dock landing, the hotel makes for a stunning base to explore Switzerland’s most cosmopolitan city bounded by the meeting of three countries.

Rooms & Suites

Rooftop Jacuzzi Le Trois Rois SuiteIn the spacious Double Rooms, the natural light meets with the colors of woods and cloth to offer tranquility and mood. The Herzl Room is a stylish junior suite with a breath of world history. This is the room where Theodor Herzl stayed in 1897, whose writings laid the foundation for the State of Israel a hundred years later, and for a bit more connection to history, the Napoleon Suite is fit for an emperor. Napoleon didn’t actually sleep there, but he did stay at the earlier incarnation of the hotel in 1797 for a state occasion while reshaping Europe. Gallery paintings and wall stuccos harken back to the Napoleonic era, especially in the corner salon with its painted relief medallions. The Le Trois Rois Suite offers a glorious two bedrooms, three bathrooms, a sitting room and its own private rooftop open-air Jacuzzi and sauna.

Restaurants

Rhine View Bar Terrace Trois Rois Hotel BasleThe Gourmet Restaurant Cheval Blanc, awarded 2 Michelin Stars, and its chef Peter Knogl named Gault Millau 2011 “Chef of the Year”, takes its name from wines of from the Château Cheval Blanc and features his signature haute cuisine, surrounded by muted mural motifs, taking the diner on a culinary journey of the sun dappled inspirations of the Mediterranean. The Chez Donati is located a few steps from the hotel itself, celebrating the flavors of the Italian Piedmont Region, a top choice rendezvous of Basel’s artists and connoisseurs for 50 years on. The Bar Les Trois Rois is the spot where Basel meets. Winner of the “Hotel Bar of the Year Award” and Mixology Bar Award of 2012, the bar lounge at the three kings is famous for its cocktails, in winter, relaxing in front of a crackling fire in the classic oak and leather, or summer on the terrace with views of vibrant life along the Rhine. You can even rent a bartender for special occasions, the Swiss Champion Mixologist Thomas Huhn, will create classic inspired cocktails to give events a special touch.
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