Berlin, Germany

Das Stue

Rates from (ex tax)$252.16

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR241.50), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Animal attraction

Setting

At the zoo

At Das Stue hotel in Berlin, you can spy on ostriches from the bar, have a 25-course meal in the Michelin-starred restaurant, unwind in the spa, and reach all of Berlin’s best bits with an easy stroll. Whimsical animal motifs come courtesy of Spanish design whizz, Patricia Urquiola, and the hotel has history, too: it was once the Danish Embassy.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

78, including 20 suites.

Check–Out

12 noon, but flexible (until 4pm), subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $252.16 (€226), excluding tax at 7 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR241.50), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually exclude breakfast (from €10). A two-night minimum stay applies. Stays in the Bel Etage and Penthouse suites include a buffet breakfast of hot dishes, made-to-order eggs and crêpes.

Also

Das Stue's building was built in 1938–1940 by Johann Emil Schaudt, the man behind Berlin's KaDeWe department store – Berlin's answer to Harrods. Be sure to spend some time in the three-storey library, at the front of the original building and next to the staircase. Admire the original parquet flooring and interior designer Urquiola's comfy seating options. If you need a drink, just pick up the telephone and order one from the bar.

Please note

Cinco restaurant will be closed for its annual summer break from 30 July to 18 August 2017.
 

At the hotel

Spa with sauna and three treatment rooms, fitness area, library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, CD player, Nespresso coffee machine, minibar, slippers, bathrobes and Diptyque bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The Penthouse Suite is vast and drop-dead gorgeous, sitting on the top floor, overlooking the courtyard and the zoo. You can also gaze over the park from your own terrace in this suite, and there's a bath tub from which you can see the leafy green Tiergarten. Alternatively, opt for a room on the second floor (the Bel Etage), in the refined former reception rooms of the Danish Embassy: suites 220 and 204 are beautiful, and their charms include floor-to-ceiling windows; suite 220 has a free-standing bath.

Poolside

The bright white Susanne Kaufmann Spa has a 14-metre indoor pool, three treatment rooms and a Finnish sauna. Treatments are influenced by traditional Chinese therapies.

Packing tips

Binoculars and safari gear for appraising your beastly neighbours; low-slung trousers for the 25-course tasting menu at Cinco; threads worthy of a German hipster for the swish little bar.

Also

Babysitting is available for €25 an hour (up to two children) or €30 an hour (three children at a time). Book this in advance.

Pet‐friendly

Small dogs under 12kg can stay too, for €42 a night; bedding and bowls can be provided. Only one dog is allowed in a room at a time. See more pet-friendly hotels in Berlin.

Children

Lucky little Smiths will love staying here, thanks to the direct zoo access. Cots (free) can be added to all rooms; extra beds (€52.50 a night) can be added to Junior Suites and Suites.

Food and Drink

Photos Das Stue food and drink

Top Table

Sit at one of the cosy corner tables at the Casual; dine under the shiny copper-pan light feature, or at one of the chef-spying tables in Cinco.

Dress Code

What can you comfortably conquer 25 courses in? Relaxed threads are fine for the Casual (unsurprisingly); you’ll want to smarten up for Cinco. Add some zebra-print, feathers, faux fur or leopard to honour the local residents.

Hotel restaurant

It's unsurprising that elegant restaurant Cinco earned a Michelin star within a year of opening – master chef Paco Pérez has already racked up four of the accolades. A Catalan by birth, this is Pérez’s first culinary outpost away from Spanish shores; seafood is plucked from the waters of Cap de Creus, near the chef’s Miramar restaurant. Expect to be treated to culinary fireworks: foie-ice powder and the ilk. A 25-course feast showcases the kitchen's full range of culinary knowhow. For those times when foams and jus won’t do, there’s the more low-key Casual, which serves elegant Mediterranean comfort food and tapas.

Hotel bar

Das Stue means 'living room' in Danish – nowhere is this more apparent than in the cosy bar, which connects to a petite terrace that happens to back on to the ostrich area of Berlin zoo. On Friday there's live music, and Saturday nights DJs spin a slick selection of tunes.

Last orders

Food is served in Cinco from 7pm until 11pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays). A tapas selection is on offer in the bar until 11pm. Begin the day with breakfast from 6.30am–11am during the week (until noon on weekends).

Room service

Order items from the restaurant menus around the clock, but expect a limited selection from 11pm.

Location

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Address
Das Stue
1 Drakestrasse, Tiergarten
Berlin
10787
Berlin
Germany

Planes

Berlin Tegel airport is nine kilometers (a 20-minute drive) from the hotel; Berlin Schönefeld is 40km and a 45-minute car ride away (www.berlin-airport.de).

Trains

Services from all over Europe call at Berlin's massive Hauptbahnhof station (+44 8718 80 80 66; www.bahn.de), two kilometres from the hotel.

Automobiles

The nearest town is Potsdam, 45 minutes away. There’s a public car-park a 10-minute stroll from the hotel, with spaces for €18 a night.

Worth getting out of bed for

Ask the concierge about borrowing bikes, getting tickets to the zoo, enjoying a picnic in the park, touring the city on motorbikes, or having a fitness class or yoga session in the Tiergarten. The hotel is within easy reach of the Berlin Philharmonie, Potsdamer Platz and the Neue Nationalgalerie. For shopping thrills, head to Kurfürstendamm Boulevard.

Local restaurants

On a sunny day in Berlin, there are few better places to be than Cafe Am Neuen See (+49 (0)30 25449300), a cosy little café in the heart of the Tiergarten, with a prime view of the lake. Locals cram themselves onto the outdoor seating and share pizzas and beers. On colder days, there are wood-burning stoves, flickering candles and big slabs of cake to comfort you. Theodor Tucher (+49 (0)30 22 48 94 64), known affectionately as Tucher am Tor, is an excellent place to try authentic German cuisine: rabbit in garlic, herring and fancy bratwurst. Pillars, vast windows and lashings of gold make for a glamorous setting; the location is a prime patch of Berlin, right by Brandenburg Gate on Pariser Platz. A restaurant beneath a bridge, with just an unmarked steel door as its entrance? Simply arriving at Tausend (+30 27582070) is exciting. Try delicious fusion food – ceviche, tapas, sashimi and so on – at this brilliant restaurant and bar, which also boasts excellent barmen, potent cocktails and serious style credentials (expect an artsy, justifiably smug crowd). Book ahead. Bandol sur Mer at 167 Torstrasse (+49 (0)30 6730 2051) flourishes the French flag with its excellent snails, foie gras and entrecôte steaks. It only has 6 tables though, so make sure you book ahead.Try a modern take on Vietnamese staples at Monsieur Vuong, a stylish spot for lunch or supper at 46 Schönhauser Strasse (+49 (0)30 9929 6924).

 

Local cafés

 Mitte newcomer Neu in the Heckmannhöfen (+49 (0)30 6640 8427) is great for a hearty seasonal brunch or early supper. Sip Asian tisanes at trendy tea room Chén Chè at 13 Rosenthaler (+49 (0)30 2888 4282).

Local bars

Luchs Bar, adjacent to minimalist Mitte hotel Lux 11, is a popular drinking den – get there for pre-dinner cocktails and then move into its next-door restaurant. Settle down at Soho House Berlin's roof terrace for some serious people-watching. If you fancy a change of scenery, try Week-End, a hip club taking up two floors and the rooftop of a nearby residential block at 5 Alexanderplatz.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

There was the usual signage around the pool, albeit a little classier than the traditional ‘no running, no bombing, no heavy petting’ cartoons redolent of the municipal baths of our youth. We moved up to the sauna. ‘No bathing costumes’ suggested the illustration. Ha ha. Those Germans and their zany sense of humour. We pulled open the door and: Oh! Turns out: not a joke. There’s a lady sitting in there completely starkers with full-on nudey bits. Hot. Steamy. Uncomfortable. In shock, these prudish Brits ran and jumped into the pool. No heavy petting though. Not there anyway.

‘Das Stue’ – sounds wonderfully German, doesn’t it? Say it with me: Das Stue. Yeah, it’s Danish and it means ‘living room’. In fact it is so Danish, it’s the Royal Danish Embassy. Or at least this 1930s-built Nordic Classicism beauty was until they gutted the place of flunkies wafting about proffering trays of Ferrero Rocher and turned it into a sizeable hotel of 79 rooms with 22 suites. It’s as achingly hip as a geriatric ward. Monsieur, with this luxury you are really spoiling us.

What the Spanish owners haven’t done is spoil this grand old building. Gold star to the architects and interiors doyenne, Patricia Urquiola. As first impressions go, Das Stue boasts the most impressive entrance since Pippa Middleton sashayed into Westminster Abbey. Marble staircases frame the high-ceilinged hallway. A spectacular light sculpture hangs down over an enormous alligator’s skull, jaws agape lending an idea of how the Natural History Museum might look as a hip hotel. And you can see right the way through to the buzzing bar’s panoramic windows that back onto Berlin Zoo. Yes, here at Das Stue, you’re guaranteed a true bird’s-eye ogle of living-and-breathing beasts that include full-size feathery-flanked ostriches.

‘Sir, you have been upgraded.’ Five of the most beautiful words in the English language. Our room wasn’t a room, it was a loft apartment with so much floor space we could have performed some gymnastics. Mrs Smith was doing cartwheels with glee. We looked out the window and could see some gazelles and a couple of ostriches down below, as you do. Quite literally a room with a zoo.

We’d pre-booked full body massages to have soon after arrival in order to hasten the transition into relaxation mode – a little trick of ours in order to maximise the benefits of a short weekend away. It’s a Susanne Kaufmann Spa at Das Stue. That didn’t mean a great deal to me I confess, but we now know she is a big noise in the quiet world of German pampering. The relaxing effects of her signature massage were, however, somewhat undone by the aforementioned shock in the sauna straight afterwards. Had we been in the mood for more group activity, the spa also hosts yoga classes and group runs in Tiergarten Park.

Giggling, we padded back up to our suite in our robes via a grand staircase with landings that double as libraries. The walls that are not lined with books showcase tasteful vintage black-and-white ’50s and ’60s fashion photography from the likes of Helmut Newton. No Athena posters here; these prints are all part of the owners’ private collection.

Back in the loft apartment. Our bed was so big and comfortable it had its own time zone. I sat on it to play with the pad that controlled the Apple entertainment system while Mrs Smith ordered up two Aperol spritzes and ran a bath. In this sense, it felt very much like home.

The decor is a chill-out mix of muted colours with lots of both dark and blonde wood – but with flashes of colour in the cushions, rugs and artwork. The furniture combines design classics and more modern pieces that somehow work well together. This design fusion continues in the bar downstairs where neon wire sculptures of zoo animals – a giraffe, a couple of chimps – sit among quirky pieces of statement furniture. As for the ear candy, on Friday and Saturday nights, well-known DJs are drafted in to get the party started.

Adjacent to the bar is the main restaurant, one of Berlin’s best, called ‘5 – cinco by Paco Pérez’ which is overseen by the four-times Michelin-starred Catalan chef and protégé of Ferran Adria. His avant-garde 20-course experience menu is a sensation of molecular gastronomy – designed to tickle all five senses – which explains the thinking behind ‘Cinco’, sister to Miramar, in Llançà, Spain.

If foams and spheres are not your bag and you want more everyday fare at more affordable prices, there is The Casual restaurant rustling up mod-Med cuisine with a Catalan flavour. However, we felt like we really ought to venture outside so for lunch on our second day, we ambled all of three minutes’ walk into the leafy, green Tiergarten Park, where the Electors of Brandenburg once went a-hunting – the lungs of Berlin – for a pizza alfresco in the park at an idyllic spot overlooking a lake at Café Am Neuen See. At the next table? Yep, naked sauna woman. This time wearing clothes.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Das Stue’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The rooms, the location, everything!

Rating

Stayed on 30 Mar 2017

We loved

The incredibly friendly staff who met all of our requests super quickly... a dozen hangers were delivered to our room within five minutes of asking! The very cool bar with evening music and interesting cocktails. The electric blackout blinds that ensured we slept in. Go to Katz Orange restaurant in the Mitte neighbourhood. Fabulous slow cooked meat and great cocktails.

Don’t expect

A good value breakfast. At 32 euros for a pretty standard hotel breakfast, you're better off walking into town for coffee and pastries.

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Stayed on 2 Mar 2017

We loved

A second enjoyable stay at Das Stue. Everything was perfection again from the ambiance, the polite and efficient staff throughout the hotel, the stylish bar and dining, comfort in the room, style, spa and location. My main purpose for this visit was the Berlinale film festival and the hotel was 10 minutes by cab. 

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Stayed on 10 Feb 2017

We loved

Location (in the park and next to the zoo); the amazing service; the quality of the room; the comfort of the bed and the overall 'feel' of the whole hotel. Using the private entrance from the hotel into the zoo is great. The restaurants Dottir and Katz Orange were excellent. We were joined by our daughter (4 years old).

Don’t expect

The best restaurants within a short stroll of the hotel.

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Stayed on 17 Oct 2016

We loved

Overlooking the impala and ostrich enclosure at the zoo, the amazing buffet breakfast, the delicious cocktails, the stunning interiors and the incredible staff whose service was perfect. Just across from the hotel is a beer garden that does unfussy food but is a lovely setting in the Tiergarten and by the rowing lake. The hotel have bikes for hire and Berlin is so easy to cycle around so explore the city on two wheels

Don’t expect

To be disappointed

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Stayed on 9 Sep 2016

We loved

The feeling and the design. Rooms were excellent and the suites are rock star. The hotel is in a very convenient location but also very quiet next to the park and a lovely tranquil street.

Don’t expect

An outdoor pool.

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Stayed on 7 Jun 2016

We loved

The high ceilings and huge windows so the room was spacious and bright. The Neue Cafe just round the corner has a great biergarten. Nice ambience, quite scenic with a lake and trees, and very popular with the locals.

Don’t expect

Be able to see yourself in the bathroom makeup mirror - it's impossible to get any light to shine on it as its at the back of a shelf.

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Stayed on 3 Jun 2016

We loved

The view of the ostriches, the bar (try the gin flavoured with Reisling in a martini), good decor and marvellously helpful staff. Being right on the edge of the Tiergarten was a great bonus. Savigny Platz was great for eating promenading on a warm evening

Don’t expect

Hard to fault!

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Stayed on 27 May 2016

We loved

The architecture, food & drink, our room, location, facilities, the bicycles and the wonderful staff. Visiting Nueus Museum is essential and borrowing the bicycles to see Berlin and cycle through the Park

Don’t expect

Economy or you'll miss out

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Stayed on 10 May 2016

We loved

The view from the room and the location. Go have a drink in the beer garden about 100m walk from the hotel. 10/10

Don’t expect

Expect everything - it was amazing.

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Stayed on 30 Apr 2016

We loved

Fantastic quirky beautiful modern hotel we went with our older son and girlfriend and the four of us had an amazing time loved the feel of the place - so special - food good and also restaurant called Neni nearby excellent fun. Will stay again.

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Stayed on 13 Mar 2016

We loved

Our amazing room. We were upgraded to a suite and could have lived there permanently. The leather animals dotted about, the staff who couldn't do enough for you, the Tiergarten for a run, the bar and the restaurant. 10/10

Don’t expect

This hotel is not for families. Go with partner or friends

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Stayed on 4 Mar 2016

We loved

Location, service, facilities – indeed a very nice hotel!

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Stayed on 4 Jan 2016

We loved

Great, respectful service; very comfortable rooms; great location by the Tiergarten; classy bar and restaurant

Don’t expect

Masses of public areas – but enough for a boutique hotel.

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Stayed on 29 Dec 2015

We loved

Everything, this was a fantastic hotel. The fitout, the dining, the spa/pool/sauna!

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Stayed on 28 Dec 2015

We loved

The friendly service, immaculate rooms (especially the 5th floor with views of the animals), relaxed but plush surroundings.

Don’t expect

To be close to the trains, it's a good 15 minute walk but taxis are never more than 3 mins away.

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Stayed on 23 Dec 2015

We loved

The warm welcome, breakfasts, comfy bed, spa, and location near the park!

Don’t expect

Speedy service in the restaurant.

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Stayed on 27 Nov 2015

We loved

Everything about the room and the pool!

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Stayed on 4 Nov 2015

We loved

The spa, the bar and the hotel itself. Close to everything in Berlin, a 20 minute walk to the Brandenburg gate, Pariser Platz and the local transport is fantastic to get around the city. Visit Lutter Wegner for the best (and biggest) schnitzel you could ever eat. Ritter Sport world in Gendarmenmarkt will satisfy any sweet tooth (as will Fassbender Rausch). At checkpoint Charlie try the curry wurst - a Berlin delicacy.

Don’t expect

To use the fitness studio. Whilst it is lovely, you will much prefer the relaxing spa and sauna.

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Stayed on 17 Oct 2015

We loved

Everything!

Don’t expect

A cheap getaway. It's worth every penny though!

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Stayed on 12 Oct 2015

We loved

Everyone very friendly and helpful. Location is fantastic (we had a room with a zoo...). City is great for nightlife but location is tranquil enough for a relaxing break. Very difficult to fault Das Stue.

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Stayed on 26 Sep 2015

We loved

Upgrade due to being Smith member. Great bar. Ten out of 10.

Don’t expect

Shops nearby.

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Stayed on 14 Sep 2015

We loved

The design elements - so beautiful! The hotel is gorgeous and the view from our room of Tiergarten and the Zoo was so calming. The buffet breakfast was very generous and refreshing start to the day while the recommendations from the staff on sights to see in Berlin were very knowledgeable.

Don’t expect

Convenience to local attractions should not be expected. The location of the hotel is a bit out of the way; however, it is located in a very nice residential neighbourhood and walking through the park is a refreshing start to the day.

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Stayed on 9 Sep 2015

We loved

We loved everything! The rooms were lovely and breakfast delicious. Lovely quite location off the main streets but still close to Mitte and central Berlin.

Don’t expect

Most of the rooms don't have baths - but the rain forest showers didn't disappoint.

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Stayed on 19 Aug 2015

We loved

Proximity to Tiergarten, Kurfurstendamm and KaDeWe, stylish rooms with verandah, cosy hotel bar where you'll meet other guests, great beds bed linen, friendly and competent staff.

Don’t expect

Cheap breakfast

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Stayed on 28 Jul 2015

We loved

The service, the decor and the bar area

Don’t expect

Easy access to public transport

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Stayed on 28 Jul 2015

We loved

The spacious, uber modern, ultra comfortable room and the super friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Don’t expect

To be able to walk in to town from the quiet location next to the zoo

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Stayed on 28 Jul 2015

We loved

the room we stayed in was spacious, relaxing and very comfortable. The staff were super attentive and helpful. Having never been to Berlin before the concierge was particularly knowledgable and gave us some great recommendations that were perfectly in line with what we were looking for. We didnt eat in the hotel but the bar was cool and perfect for an aperitif or night cap.

Don’t expect

nearby transport links. Cabs are easy to come by but the nearest underground is a bit of a walk.

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Stayed on 24 Jul 2015

We loved

Very modern, well thought out rooms. The "library", the bar, the casual restaurant, the Zoo View. Very attentive staff.

Don’t expect

To be right next door to a public transport station, but there are several options about 10-15 minutes away.

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Stayed on 11 Jul 2015

We loved

Wonderful, quirky décor and great location of this stylish hotel. Dinner at the hotel's Cinco restaurant was very special. Great breakfasts too!

Don’t expect

A large hotel. The hotel is fairly small but this adds to its unique charm.

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Stayed on 26 Jun 2015

We loved

The hotel, the city, the location, the room, the service

Don’t expect

A poor hotel

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Stayed on 14 Jun 2015

We loved

the quiet but convenient location. the zoo beside the hotel which was surprisingly quiet and free from crowds even on the weekend.

Don’t expect

big rooms despite an upgrade (it is a city hotel, after all)

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Stayed on 13 Jun 2015

We loved

The staff were all friendly and really helpful. The location is brilliant, quiet and peaceful, but only a 20 minute walk from the centre.

Don’t expect

Cheap breakfast - as with so many European hotels, I felt the breakfast is very expensive

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Stayed on 12 Jun 2015