Hotel Review | Das Stue Berlin
Touting unique hotels and original experiences, this Design Hotels property certainly delivers. The high-quality service is sure to have been a contributing factor to the slue of awards the hotel has gained over the years.
If you wake to animal noises here, it might actually be from the neighboring Berlin Zoo rather than horned up guests next door. Sitting by the zoo at the edge of the Tiergarten, Das Stue may not exactly be in the most happening area of town, but behind the impressive neoclassical façade of the former Danish embassy is a world of early 20th-century glamour and easy luxury.
The 78-room boutique hotel has been redesigned by Patricia Urquiola, with all of the understated luxury, muted non-colors, and fabulosity that you’d expect from the fancied Spanish designer while the odd Arne Jacobsen Swan chair reminds us of the building’s heritage. ‘Stue’ actually means ‘living room’ in Danish, although this one is more Helena Christensen glam than The Killing glum, with its photography collection by greats like Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, and Diane Arbus.
The rooms are on the smallish side by Berlin standards – basic Stue rooms come in at 27 m2, with suites ranging from 45 to 70m2, albeit combinable for a playground of up to 390 m2 – but high ceilings ensure an airy feel. As for the all-important extras, you’ll get free Wi-Fi throughout, Apple TVs, Sky Premium, iPod docking stations, and extra storage space with, gasp, a shoe cupboard.
If you can bring yourself to leave the hotel, all the main attractions of London are at your fingertips – including Buckingham Palace, The Houses of Parliament, The River Thames, The London Eye, and one will find the West End theatre district just a short stroll from the hotel.
One of Berlin’s hottest, five-star hotels, Das Stue aims to please. In a building that formerly housed the Danish Embassy, a gorgeous restored staircase and eye-catching artworks lend to the interior aesthetic. Located at the Kurfürstendamm shopping district, the hotel notably features Cinco restaurant (and its cozier counterpart, The Casual restaurant) by famed Michelin-star Spanish chef Paco Perez.
With individually decorated rooms and suites to personalize guests’ experiences, K3 Travel recommends booking well in advance to secure your preference. For the ultimate experience, guests can book the junior suite with a glassed roof to sleep under the stars.
Price: Rooms from $263
(note: Special thanks to Das Stue for hosting our visit – my opinion is, as always, my own).