BARGAIN LUXURY TRAVEL - SWITZERLAND
GRAND HOTEL TROIS ROIS - BASEL
The 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.
The 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.
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