The Hotel Derby is the 'Hotel de la Gare' or hotel of the station - one side of the hotel is actually on the train platform. The location is super central and the fact that not only do you arrive in resort by train but can take the train up the mountain to the ski slopes makes the hotel about as convenient as it gets. The triple glazed windows keep the noise outside yet give you the novel views of watching the trains go past whilst you're digging into your eggs each morning. It also gives the bar a great atmosphere, away from attention-grabbing and conversation sucking TVs, towards a bit of intrigue and conversation starting views.
The whole hotel is traditionally Swiss and by that, we mean wood clad, checked curtains and seats, stone walls and an overall pretty damn cosy feel. The service is top notch too, many of the staff have been there for over 25 years showing their love of the hotel and that passes onto you. The fact that there are four restaurants to choose from is an added bonus; from fine dining to traditional fondues or hearty Swiss fare from the owner's farm, the food will not disappoint.
What we like
- At the train station, ultimate convenience and triple glazed quite interiors
- Four restaurants for a choice of ambience as well as food, fondues are great but perhaps the public café bar is our pick
- Most rooms have a balcony and mountain views to the South or North over the train station
- There is a sauna for a post-ski relaxation session
- The North side of the hotel (superior rooms) face the valley and the Eiger whilst the South (standard rooms) faces the station with mountain views over the top (junior suites face both sides)
- European plug sockets
- For environmentally friendly reasons there is a combined shower gel/shampoo dispenser rather than individual toiletries
- A few covered parking spaces are available and there's a public car park nearby
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On the station platform, you can arrive in Grindelwald by train and also get up the mountain by train so no walking about in ski boots or out of them. The main strip of the town is only five minutes down the road if you fancy venturing out on an evening.
Distance to slopesNext to the train station
Distance to town centre300 metres to centre
All rooms at the Hotel Derby have a TV, WiFi, minibar, safe, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. You can request different pillows and also lotion is provided if you ask for it (they don't put them out to try to reduce plastic waste.
Single rooms have a queen bed with a shower or bath in the en-suite. Some have a balcony and all have mountain views.
Sleeps max. 1 adult and 1 child (up to 12 years)
Standard rooms have twin beds and are North facing over the train station but you can still see the mountains. Some rooms have a balcony and all have an en-suite with a shower.
Sleeps max. 2
Superior rooms have twin beds and are South facing with views over the valley towards the Eiger mountain. Most rooms have a balcony and all have a bath in the en-suite.
Approx. 28sqm, sleeps max. 2 adults and 1 child (up to 12 years)
Junior suites have a double bed with a bath in the en-suite. Twin aspect gives both North and South mountain views with a balcony and the rooms also have a corner seating area.
Sleeps max. 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children (up to 12 years)
- Four restaurants
- Fohrenstube - fine dining experience
- Derbystube - four/five course menu with 80 seats
- Gastube - public café bar with wholesome food from the owner's farm
- Cellar Restaurant Cava - traditional with a good selection of fondues
- Outdoor patio terrace
- Bar with fireplace
- Ski room
- Some covered parking
- Bed & breakfast
- Resort height - 1034m
- Highest point - 2970m
- Grindelwald ski area (First and Kleine Scheidegg - Mannlichen - Wengen) - 170km of piste
- Jungfrau ski area - 220km
- Tobogganing and hiking trails - 150km
Grindelwald is best for intermediate skiers with plenty of cruisy runs and fast lifts up on the mountain. The First ski area has gentler slopes to explore.
There is a zip line and an eagle flyer that are included in the lift pass on the First area. As well as pedestrian viewpoints and walkways to enjoy.
- Blue runs 23%
- Red runs 62%
- Black runs 15%
- 45 in Jungfrau ski area
- Upgraded Mannlichen gondola for winter 2019/20
- New gondola from Grindelwald village up to Eigergletscher for winter 2020/21
Season lengthEarly December to mid-April
- Beginners - 3/5
- Intermediates - 4/5
- Experts - 2/5
- Snowboarders - 3/5
- Fast lifts - 4/5
- Après - 3/5
- Eating out - 3/5
- Charm - 4/5
- Scenery - 5/5
- Non-ski activities - 4/5
Cross-country skiing | snowshoeing | winter hiking | pedestrian lift pass | tobogganing | zip-wire | watch ice hockey | curling | indoor rope park | sports centre with pool | scenic flights from Mannlichen | train to the highest railway station in Europe | ice skating | local museum | tubing | tandem paragliding
Transfer times (by rail)
- Bern - 1 hour 30 minutes - 2 hours (very limited flights to this airport)
- Zurich - 2 hours 40 minutes to 3 hours 10 minutes
- Geneva - 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours 30 minutes
Grindelwald lift pass
- 3 day lift pass from £136
- 6 day lift pass from £233
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