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Derby Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Dorfstrasse 75, Grindelwald 3818, Switzerland   |  
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10 hotel reviews
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“One of my favourite places”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

My husband and I have stayed at the Derby many times, and we're never disappointed.
We've always been lucky enough to get rooms on the mountain side and the views of the Eiger are superb. It's worth splurging on a balcony - we'll never tire of sipping a beer while watching the clouds move across the north face. Far better view than from any of the bars in the village in my opinion.
Location, right at the railway station, is perfect for skiing and/or Swiss railway enthusiasts. Noise is not a problem. We've also never had a problem getting a parking space.
The food and service are excellent. We usually opt for the half board option, and they're always happy to let us have one of their excellent cheese fondues one evening.
The staff are very friendly and Frau Markle, in particular, is a most genial and generous hostess.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

We didn't stay he but had fondue in the restaurant inSeptember 2011. The meal was lovely, atmosphere just right, not too many tables crammed in. The service was great and we Would highly recommend this restaurant.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

We were there with friends and our kids. The Hotel is just around the railwaystation. Perfect for us for skiing at the Kleine Scheidegg. The hotel has his history and sometimes you can see it. But I think they startet to renovate some of the rooms. Our bathroom (family room on the 4th floor) war very new. We could not complain about noise.
They openend the hotel one day earlier than they wrote, because we were a group of 15 people. The staff very friendly and helpful. O.k. sometimes you realised that this was the first days of the season and some of the staff were new. The food was good. The breakfast was very good.
Good Value for the price.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ancona, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

I can't say anything about the hotel side because I didn't stay there, but the restaurant produced the best rösti I had anywhere in a ten day tour of Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Called "First Rösti" on the menu, I noticed. Good wine too. Not too expensive. Friendly service. The dining room was full of local people, which is always a good sign.

(Because of its old-fashioned sounding name, I thought this may have been where Lord Byron stayed in Grindelwald. In fact, he seems to have stayed at the Adler, now demolished. The people at the Derby will know where it once stood.)

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

We were fortunate to have a room with a great balcony on the 4th floor right in front of the Eiger Mountain. Nice hotel, good food, ate dinner here each night and you cannot get more convenient to the train as it is right next to the front door. Value in Switzerland is a relative thing, but the convenience of staying here was great - local buses just outside, free of course. They offered 30 minutes free internet, then it was only CHF 2.5 for an additional 30 minutes....

Room Tip: Can't beat the view of the Eiger if you get on the back side of the hotel, at least from floor 4...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Berlin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

This is a great hotel, reasonably priced for Switzerland, friendly owner & staff. The meals & restaurant 1st class. We want to return!!! Thank you for the room upgrade. We initially booked for 2 nights but stayed another 3 days. The hotel is perfectly sited, next to the railway station, great for train passes, can visit the local arear & the amazing Jungfraujoch, a great experience for sun drenched Aussies!!!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

I stayed at the Derby for 3 nights with a group. We had the half-board plan (breakfast and dinner both included) The food was excellent! Our clean, comfortable room with a balcony overlooked the street behind the hotel and we had no problem with noise. Two little frustrations: to access the internet (Monzoon), you must buy a little card with login codes for 2.5 Swiss francs per 30 minutes. The system is cumbersome and I needed the help of the patient desk clerk to help me access it initially. And I didn't understand that when the 30 minutes has expired for one set of login codes, you must go to the desk and buy another little card with a new set of codes. Within 1.5 hours (over the 3 days), I was disconnected several times and I think that I never got the full value of internet time that I paid for. There is no business center in the hotel and no free internet access in the lobby or anywhere. This was the only hotel on our tour where we encountered such a restrictive internet access system. The second frustration was no pot for heating water in the room. The book of information says that a pot can be borrowed at the desk if available, but a couple of us asked and it seemed that rather than their being in use, they simply were not available. The water from the tap is quite hot, so I used that for my instant coffee before breakfast time, but boiling water is better. I also found the family of sparrows that would come to eat crumbs from my balcony railing to add a friendly touch. Location is excellent for trains (especially to the Jungfrau), buses, and gondola to First.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Dorfstrasse 75, Grindelwald 3818, Switzerland
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Location: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Bernese Oberland > Jungfrau Region > Grindelwald
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Grindelwald
#6 Romantic Hotel in Grindelwald
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Derby Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Derby Hotel in Grindelwald is a traditional superior hotel in an incomparably centrally location and home of familial hospitality. Situated direct at the train station the hotel Derby offers the ideally departure point for all kinds of summer- and winter sports, as well as an excursion to the legendary Jungfraujoch. Our 69 comfortable furnished rooms provide the right atmosphere to relax. After an eventful day outside in the fresh alp air you are welcome to relax in our sauna or solarium which are both free of charge or use the indoor swimming pool at the sports center in 300m walking distance, where you get free admission with your guest card. The delicate Bernese cuisine can be enjoyed in our à la carte restaurant Föhrenstube. During the winter season our cozy cellar restaurant "Cava" invites you as well to taste a Fondue or Raclette in rustic ambience. ... more   less 
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