Das Stue’s enviable location, in the quietly upscale embassy quarter on the edge of the sprawling Tiergarten Park, is only part of its appeal. Occupying a graceful, gray-stone 1930s building that once housed the Danish embassy, the hotel’s soothing, sophisticated interiors were created by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, who decorated the public areas with art and animal sculptures—a reference to the neighboring zoo—and colorful, comfortable furnishings. Two original travertine staircases lead up to the rooms, which offer a blend of conventional modern conveniences (rain showers, HD entertainment systems, and iMacs in each room) and considered design touches (black-and-white fashion photographs, hardwood floors, sliding walls, handleless cupboards) and overlook either the park or the zoo. Guests can enjoy the hotel's glamorous work and relaxation areas—some with libraries of books on art and design, fashion, and architecture—as well as a comprehensive spa and a Michelin-starred restaurant. A newer wing, designed by Axthelm Architects, offers rooms with even more direct zoo views.
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Located on the edge of Berlin’s biggest natural park—Tiergarten—and right next to the Zoological Garden and Berlin Aquarium, the hotel is surrounded by trees, animals, and nature. Right over the road is the scenic Café am Neuen See, equally lovely for a lakeside meal or just a beer. For guests seeking a bit more action, the cultural, retail, and culinary thrills of City West are a pleasant, 15-minute stroll away along the pretty Landwehr Canal.
Need to Know
Rooms: 79 rooms; from $250. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The hotel’s big culinary draw is the Michelin-starred Cinco. Overseen by Spanish chef Paco Pérez, this seductive restaurant serves up 24-course tasting menus and is marked aesthetically by a fairly outrageous ceiling sculpture of 86 copper pots. The restaurant Casual offers Mediterranean-inspired food and tapas dishes in a plush environment, while the elegant in-house cocktail bar is surrounded by colorful and modern lounge furniture; it's both cool and cozy enough to draw non-guests at weekends. Spa and gym details: The hotel has a Susanne Kaufmann spa on the ground floor, with a 14-meter indoor pool and a Finnish sauna.
Who's it for: Politicians and diplomats, business executives and families—anyone wanting a nearby splash of green with their city break. Our favorite rooms: The 110-square-meter Bel Etage Suite comes with complimentary use of an Audi limousine or sports car, if booked at full rate. Family-friendly: Das Stue offers a babysitting service for up to three kids; for an extra charge, guests can have one dog at a time in each room.