Need to know
78, including 20 suites.
12 noon, but flexible (until 4pm), subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $252.16 (€226), excluding tax at 7 per cent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Babysitting is available for €25 an hour (up to two children) or €30 an hour (three children at a time). Book this in advance.
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.
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.