“Das Stue” is the Danish phrase for “living room”, and when you enter this five-star boutique hotel, you’ll feel quite at home. Being nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood in the diplomatic quarter limits foot traffic since it’s perfectly situated on a small street, behind the Berlin Zoo. The hotel was used to house the Danish Embassy from 1940 up until 1978, then, after a few decades of belonging to the city of Berlin and then being used for executive training, the current owners acquired it in 2009.
When this stately building was refurbished, a new section was added to the backside of the building, but still respected the integrity of the original architecture. The historical part and the new wing merge seamlessly with the 79 guestrooms and suites. Upon entering, you are greeted by a crocodile head sculpture, and there many other animal sculptures throughout the property. Immediately, one senses the warmth of the cozy common spaces, and the lounge is a great place to have a tea or a cocktail and share a plate of tapas. The common spaces also feature modern art and sculptures as well as photography by the likes of Avedon and Newton. The warm and welcoming staff add to the hotels hospitable atmosphere by making check-in quick and easy.
The rooms are equipped with all the modern amenities and are decorated in a nice array of muted colors and textures. The luxurious bath products come from the home line of the Italian brand Etro and are gently scented. Some bathrooms even have a separate rain shower and bathtub, while others have rain showers. I also loved the fact that each room has an Apple computer. In case you decide not to bring a computer, you can still get work done in your room. You can also opt between a city view or a room with a terrace giving onto the back courtyard with direct views of the animals.
Want an even closer view of the animals? One of the benefits of staying at Das Stue is that guests are given exclusive access to the zoo. No need to go to the front entrance and wait in line, you can buy your tickets from the front desk and access the zoo directly from the back of the hotel.
The Casual, one of the hotel’s restaurants, is run by the famous Catalan Michelin starred chef Paco Perez, and offers three-course dinners with wine pairings. We enjoyed sharing a selection of tapas.
And for the last course, a combination of two desserts. I couldn’t pass up the chocolate and raspberry with chocolate mousse, raspberry cream and coulis and the lemon tart with hazelnut crumble, lemon cream, meringue and violet ice cream .
Oh, it was simply divine!
The Susanne Kauffman Boutique Spa, on the hotel premises offers a wide range of holistic treatments including a cupping massage. The specialty treatment you must not miss is the anti-aging facial with Susanne’s own line of products. The fitness center provides your usual cardio machines and weights, and you can also book private yoga and trainer sessions. The Finnish sauna and the indoor pool are perfect for relaxing at the end of your workday.