Till the 1960’s Commercial buildings stood where today’s Hotel Basel is located.
1963 Ciba-Geigy (today’s Novartis) acquires the buildings in addition to the “Haus zum Dolder”, in which the Restaurant Sperber is domiciled.
1975 After years of planning, construction of Hotel Basel with its 72 rooms is finished in October. For almost 19 years, a Zurich management company on behalf of Ciba-Geigy’s pension fund directs the hotel.
February 1, 1994 Mr. Raeto Steiger takes over the hotel as a tenant. At the same time, the hotel is completely renovated.
May 1, 1996 G.A.T.E.S. Hôtellerie & Restaurateur S.A., with Raeto Steiger as its operational head, acquires the Hotel Basel.
2002 The “Basler Keller” (Basel Cellar) is changed from an à la carte restaurant into the present breakfast room and banquet cellar.
2005 As the very first Basel Hotel, Hotel Basel receives the "3Q Seal of approval" and the ISO certification. All guest rooms are refurbished.
Summer 2007 & 2008 All guest rooms are again refurbished.
Since October 1, 2009 The operative management is taken over by Hotel Basel AG and the longstanding Vice-Director Esther Bruehwiler, while Raeto Steiger remains the owner of the house.
In Summer 2018 the hotel was closed down for 3 month and undergoing a complete renovation of all guestrooms and the lobby. In september 2018 was the reopening.