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Since 1874 | 4500 Solothurn (SO)

Hotel Baseltor

Lean back, enjoy, eat well, sleep well and live more beautifully. This is exactly what the Hotel Restaurant Baseltor in Solothurn offers.
Original, well-cared-for Old Town hotel in the centre of Solothurn with 15 modernly furnished rooms in historic surroundings.
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Original, well-cared-for Old Town hotel in the centre of Solothurn with 15 modernly furnished rooms in historic surroundings.

Stylish interior, exclusive design classics and modern bathrooms. Creative market-fresh cuisine served in the hotel restaurant. The hotel is managed cooperatively and in 2012 was elected one of the 15 best 3-star boutique hotels in Switzerland. Literary events take place here.

Location

In the city

Hotel classification

3 Stars

Opening Hours

all year

Type

Banquets/Weddings, , Icomos Award

History

The hotel at Hauptgasse 79 in Solothurn’s old town, directly opposite famous St. Ursen Cathedral, was first mentioned in a 17th century document. The traditional town house with its front and back buildings was owned by various well-known Solothurn patrician families for centuries.
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From 1813 until the chapterhouse of the cathedral priests was dissolved in 1874, it served as a home for the canons. Then it fell into the hands of wine merchant Johann Zeltner, who opened the Baseltor tavern there. Although it has had a number of different owners and names, it still exists. In the 1970s, in its incarnation as the restaurant Chez Derron, it was famous for having the best bouillabaisse near and far. Since 1991, the building has been owned by “Liegenschaft Hauptgasse 79” Inc., which gave the restaurant back its original name Baseltor. Six guest rooms were created in the former innkeeper’s apartment, and a glassed-in kitchen open to the guests’ view was constructed in the courtyard between the front and back buildings. The renovations in the early 1990s were shaped by respect for preserving the old building and by great attention to detail in the newly designed parts of the building. Eventually, the hotel was expanded by renting the building opposite, the former house of the city supervisor of wells and fountains. Three more guest rooms were added in this residence, which is built directly onto the city gate. During the most recent, post-2000 renovations, the historic guest rooms were discreetly freshened up, and the function room on the first floor was furnished with valuable furnishings from a grand hotel in French-speaking Switzerland. Stylish retro-design from the post-war years in the guest rooms offsets the numerous historic furniture pieces in the restaurant. The film and art exhibition posters throughout the hotel along with the now legendary Dîners littéraires highlight the bonds between the new owners and Solothurn’s cultural life. The Baseltor has been a member of Swiss Historic Hotels since 2012.

Awards

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12 Points
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Special price 2021
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