Need to know
78, including 20 suites.
12 noon, but flexible (until 4pm), subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $239.42 (€203), 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.
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.
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 are free and extra beds (€52.50 a night) can be added to Junior Suites and Suites. Babysitting costs €25 an hour (up to two kids) or €30 for three or more kids.