Julian was a wonderful, responsive host, and this was a very pleasant place to stay. The 5 stars are not Hilton Hotel 5 stars; they are 5 stars for a very relaxing, pleasant apartment where we stayed for 1 week. This is in spite of several lacks: no dishwasher, no tv, no microwave. The lack of a microwave would be so easy to solve - a couple hundred dollars, and the space is right there on top of the refrigerator. That would reduce flat working space in the kitchen, but that too could be easily solved with 2-3 additional tabletops specially made to fit in the available spaces and be as high as would be helpful. And the bathroom is indeed outside and down the hall, as other reviews have noted. There is a little bit of traffic from the other apartments coming down the nearby stairs which could surprise you, so you can not go to the bathroom in your underwear, but no one else actually used the bathroom while we were there, and we adjusted to this unusual situation without much difficulty. Some things to keep in mind: all the electrical outlets are the type that has 3 prongs in a semi-circular pattern, so come with your own supply - there are only 2 adapters in the apartment that convert these unusual outlets to the usual European outlets. If the gate to the courtyard is locked and you want to go to the shared terrace, the key is in the desk drawer. The name of the tram stop is Blasiring, and it really is easy to ride 6 stops to the Market Stop in old town and then return to Blasiring. Julian gives an amazing gifts to all renters, a free pass to all public transportation in the city, which removes all the stress of changing money to get tram tickets - he has to register each guest individually with the city, and it is wonderful for him to do that for all of us. We definitely enjoyed our time in this apartment, would recommend it to our friends, and would be very happy to return there ourselves.
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.