Contributor/ Jacqui Kirk
Best Known For
Well, it’s not actually that well known if the taxi drivers are anything to go by. On a recent trip to Berlin for the IHIF conference hardly anyone had heard of this place. And that’s one of the things I love about it. It feels like you’ve discovered a little hidden treasure attracting only those who are in the know.
The Good Stuff
Depending on how brave you are there is a glass box sauna to while away time suspended above the lap pool. Or you can take time out and relax in one of the grand stair lobby library zones. You can dine Michelin style in Paco Perez’s restaurant or opt for something more laid back in the bar.
This is a place to come for a “city escape”. Because it’s tucked off the main road it’s not over run with passing trade, instead attracting those who are more discerning. The vibe is sophisticated, relaxed and refined yet not intimidating or stuffy. After a busy day exploring or working this is the place you want to come to switch off and unwind…
Inside the hotel – 9/10
Any hotel involving design by Patricia Urquiola is going to be beautiful. She has an amazing ability to inject soul into a space and layer colour and texture. The Das Stue doesn’t disappoint. The bedrooms are luxurious, calm, sophisticated and beautifully executed. The “living room” quarters are just the same.
Outside the hotel – 7/10
Occupying what used to be the Royal Danish Embassy, the hotel is located in the Mitte district and overlooks the Berlin zoo and famous Tiergarten park. A short walk along the river brings you back into the action.
Image courtesy of Das Stue