Switzerland is generally a rather expensive country to visit, so unless you have the means of splurging on swanky hotels, cheaper options in the form of hostels, camping and apartment rentals are worth exploring.
Most hotels and lodges are located on either side of the Rhine River. You can also find some basic hotels along Riehenring Road and within walking distance to the Munster Cathedral in Grossbasel. The old town has an old-school charm about it, coupled with modern buildings and trendy boutique shops.
Many hostels and mid-range hotels are renditions of their former glory, keeping with their old-style, grungy feel with a punchier, upscale twist. Hostels cost anywhere between 30–80 CHF.
Keep in mind that places on the outskirts of the city centre are more affordable. Also, if you are planning to visit during any of the major festivals it is wise to book accommodation a few months in advance.
Basel has a thriving café culture and you’ll be sure to try some of the local confectionaries while walking around. Although the city has an impressive array of eateries, eating out can be expensive, so it is recommended to prepare meals at your hostel or eat at the local markets. Not all establishments accept credit cards, so be sure to check before ordering.