Those looking to stay in impeccably designed luxury in Berlin should look no further than Das Stue, a member of the Design Hotels group.
Situated in the leafy Diplomatic District, practically in Berlin Zoo (yep, you can spy ostriches from north-facing bedrooms, the bar and gym!), the grand building was formerly the Dutch Embassy. Now, however, it’s been brought bang up to date by interior design guru Patricia Urquiola.
Iconic chairs beg you to sink into them – preferably with a design book from the three-floor hotel library!.
Tasteful zoological touches pop up all over the place – hippos and rhinos as leather footstools, monkeys and a giraffe half-hidden in the bar…
Bedrooms are expansive – if the ceilings were any higher, clouds would form! Full-height windows were robed with electrically controlled curtains, and a rainfall shower, iMac and dreamily soft bed made us feel totally spoiled.
Each day, we took full advantage of the buffet breakfast (so many choices – perfect to fuel us through all that walking and sightseeing!), high tech gym, pool and sauna.
There’s a Michelin-starred restaurant within the hotel, Cinco by Paco Pérez, that serves molecular Mediterranean fare. If you’re feeling flush, the avant-garde tasting menus at Cinco reach up to 25 courses, each of which experiments with ingredients, texture, aroma and taste!
Das Stue is a hotel that surprises and delights with each new room you enter – the design is impeccable, yet the atmosphere is in no way stuffy, and it was the perfect choice on our quest for escapism and indulgence.
Rooms at Das Stue start at £190 for B&B and access to spa and gym.
Drakestraße 1, 10787 Berlin, Germany