We stayed at the Derby in Interlaken during the offseason (November) and got a very good deal on their "ecoroom" (110 CHF/night) by arranging it directly with the owner through e-mail. If you're on a budget, this room's the way to go, but it's not advertised on their website since there is only one like it in the hotel. It consists of two twin beds, a sink, a small closet and a TV. The toilet and shower for this room are a few steps down the hall, but are not shared with other rooms.
My memorable experience there had little to do with the hotel, but everything to do with the noravirus (stomach illness) which I believe I picked up in Italy a few days earlier but didn't kick in until Interlaken. Needless to say, having nausea every 15 minutes or so for about eight straight hours is not a good time to have a room with the toilet down the hall! The response of the management to my illness says a lot about the service of the hotel. The nice lady at the desk during the afternoon was extremely accommodating, so much so as to brew up a special tea concoction just for me which was supposed to help with the nausea (think it probably did ... eventually). On the other hand, the gentleman on the night desk was the exact opposite; when my wife asked him for some ice to cool down a can of Sprite I was attempting to keep down, he supplied her with just two cubes and told her that was all they could spare because the hotel was full that night!
Despite my bad memories of the place, I'd probably stay there again given the reasonable rates, location and cleanliness of the hotel.
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