I've been coming to Basel for 15 years for work. I usually travel with a crew of 2 or 3 extra coworkers. After staying multiple other places, I happened upon the Lungonmare about 6 years ago, and my impression of what Basel could be was forever changed.
Julian is the consummate host. From his list of things to do and places to go, he is also greatly attentive. And extraordinarily helpful. Even when one of our crew had forgotten his passport and we thought he would miss the flight, Julian dropped everything to get him back into the residence and help get him back to the States in time. Truly above and beyond.
More than just a place to lay your head, the Lungonmare feels like home. So, it's not an exaggeration to say the friendships we have as co-workers only get better when living together here.
The proximity to the Rhine is fantastic. If you want to have a way to spend a day and work up a great dinner appetite...grab a float bag. Jump on the tram and the bus. Go to the Tingluy Museum. Enjoy the museum. And then get in the river just behind the museum and take a nice float back down to the Lungonmare. Only a block off the river, it really couldn't be more convenient.
As others have mentioned, the Basel Card is key for taking trams and busses in Basel for free. And is something normally limited to hotels.
If that's not your fancy, one can always utilize one of the bikes provided to noodle around town.
Honestly, I could write a book about the fun times myself and others have had staying here. All I can say is, if you want to get a great Basel experience, don't pass up the chance to stay here. There really isn't anything like it.
And, as always, thank you Julian for giving us a place to stay every year. Every time we bring someone new, we talk about the apartment affectionately, and always let them know how much they're going to love it. And they always do.
My two kids (10 and 8) and I had a great stay at Lungomare. The "Basel Card" is included and allowed us to travel on public transportation for free - even on a Rhine boat - and enter museums with a 50% discount. There are at least ten museums that are interesting for families such as the paper museum (Papiermühle), Tinguely, Vitra Design, anthropology museum (Antikenmuseum) and my favourite: the Foundation Beyeler - a beautiful bike path takes you there.
The apartment does not have distracting things such as a TV, but instead a surprisingly interesting collection of books, DVDs and some toys for kids and a very unusual cook book by artists. Several of the quirky things such as a weird bed side lamp put a smile on my face. I especially appreciated the thoughtfulness of a yoga mat, a water-proof swim bag for Rhine swimming adventures, an umbrella and well equipped kitchen. If you cannot deal with not having a dishwasher or mind having a shower in the kitchen, then this place is not for you, though. In that case a more expensive place might be more appropriate. No place I know of can beat Lungomare, though: location, price, character, spaciousness and amenities.
I would love to come again - with the family or for a date weekend just with my husband.
We had a wonderful stay here. Julian was an immense host and the apartment allows you easy access to the Basel many attractions. Will definitely try to visit here again.
A great location to experience everything Basel has to offer. A little quirky but it only adds to the charm. Julien is prompt with replies and very attentive. Would definitely recommend this location.
What a charming, lovely and well equipped apartment. We had a 4 day stay and it was perfect for us. Metres from the river, shops, restaurants, parks and trams. Well equipped and spotlessly clean. Yes the shower is a little unusual, but so what! It's not a surprise and if you need an ensuite and a small room then book a hotel. This was a spacious, roomy, comfortable place to base ourselves and was super for our baby. High chair, safe, cot and even a couple of books and toys . It's charming and the owner Julian is fabulous. Friendly and very interesting and helpful. So kind and everything was so easy, the directions, the free transport cards, bikes and even a delicious bonus of some local cherries which were in abundance when we stayed. Nothing to fault. We loved it and we hope to be back. Thrilled we found it! Thanks again.