This is a pretty typical European 3 star hotel. Shoebox rooms, no AC, but clean. If you expect the Intercontinental, look for a hotel with more stars. Traveling solo and on a Swissrail pass package voucher, I expected to be given the worst room. And I was.
The good: the location right on the rail station was outstanding, especially since I arrived at 1 AM. The hotel was very clean, and the bed was fairly comfortable. If you are lucky enough to get a larger room with terrace under the Eiger face, you will have a great view. My train station view was surprisingly quiet - slept with window open but not awakened by noise..
The cons: my room was dark and depressing. It looked like a man purchased the cheapest carpet and fixtures he could find, then told a woman to try to dress it up on the tiniest budget. Yes, the toilet and sink are avacado green. But they look fairly new, and I spent very little time in the room anyway - I came here to hike and be outdoors in the glorious Alps, The Eiger facing rooms (seen during check-out cleaning) looked much brighter and cheerier
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The very walls that greet you as you approach the Hotel Derby are steeped in history. The "Hotel de la Gare" was built here by the legendary Captain Gsteiger at the end of the 19th century. The same underlying principle applied then as it does now: we want to offer our guests a holiday that will long remain with them as a happy memory. Just travelling to the Derby is a pleasure in itself. The journey by rail could hardly be easier. We are passionate about hospitality and welcome you with a very special combination of attention to details and unobtrusive service. Stylish rooms and suites offer you plenty of space to unwind, relax and take in the splendid Mountain View. All rooms offer view to the surrounding mountains and are equipped with shower or bath/toilet, satellite TV, minibar and safe. The junior suites additionally provide a separate sitting corner. Most of the rooms have a balcony. In total 4 restaurants are at your choice. Either for an elegant dining experience, a tasteful 5-course-menu, a hearty Swiss dish or one of the various fondue specialities, our knowledgeable staff will be happy to advise you and to complete your stay by an attentive service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Derby Hotel Grindelwald