In the Tiergarten district, a boutique hotel called Das Stue is a choice location for those who hope to visit Berlin. Over the years, it has won prestigious awards like the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014, Connoisseur Circle Best Hospitality Design Hotel 2014 and GEO Saison Design Hotel of the Year 2013, to name a few. Rather than simply resting on its laurels, the hotel continues to put its best foot forward and make guests feel at home, no matter where in the world they hail from.
When it was built in the 1930s, the hotel’s grey stone structure was originally the Royal Danish Embassy. Today, Das Stue has contemporary rooms and suites, many of which offer views of the Tiergarten Park or the Berlin Zoo.
The hotel is right next to a menagerie and is filled with animal-inspired décor. The lobby, for instance, has a glorious display of firefly-like lights above a giant crocodile head sculpture. Particia Urquiola, a Spanish architect and interior designer who worked on Das Stue’s corridors, chose leather art pieces shaped like buffalos, hippos and rhinos to go with the textured walls and modern furnishings.
The hotel’s Stue Bar is also great for those who love socializing. Aside from mixed drinks, there are specialty whiskies, cognacs, and 400 types of German and Spanish wines on the menu. With its dim lighting and elegant barstools, you’ll enjoy the cozy atmosphere as you catch up with friends and perhaps meet new ones too.
Other popular attractions, like Kulturforum and the New National Gallery, are just a few minutes away from the hotel. All photos: www.das-stue.com