History meets contemporary style in the heart of Berlin, in a building that once housed the Royal Danish Embassy and still retains governmental grandeur—from the classical facade to the dramatic entry staircase—now mixed with warming touches like cozy nooks designed by Patricia Uriquola. Public spaces showcase the leafy neighborhood through walls of windows and the photography of noted shutterbugs like Helmut Newton, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Diane Arbus. The 80 rooms are spread out over the historic or new wings, and feature views of the courtyard, nearby park, or the zoo. Michelin-starred Catalonian chef Paco Perez oversees two on-site eateries—one casual, one fine dining—that draw upon the Mediterranean flavors of his homeland, while the zoo-view bar-and-tapas lounge serves everything from cocktails of the 1920s and '30s to a list of 400 German and Spanish wines.
The rooms and suites—located in both the historic building and a newer annex feature a decor of high-end furnishings in rich fabrics, lofty ceilings, dark wood floors, and amenities like free Wi-Fi, premium TV channels, and HD Apple entertainment systems. Some have balconies or terraces and views of Tiergarten park.
The nice-sized bathrooms offer rain showers and Diptyque bath products; some have a combination shower/tub or a freestanding bathtub.
The lobby makes a statement with its grand white marble dual staircase, striking light fixture and animal motifs. Upstairs is the lounge, bar, restaurants and courtyard terrace, while next to the staircase is the dual-level library.
A well-equipped gym, indoor swimming pool, Finnish sauna, and holistic-minded spa help relax both the leisure and post-meeting crowds.
The swanky one-Michelin-starred Cinco, with an innovative Catalan-Mediterranean menu, is renowned for its 25-course tasting menu. A more casual meal can be had at the aptly named Casual Restaurant, with a Spanish tapas-style menu that’s ideal for sharing.
The cozy Stue Bar, connected to the zoo by a terrace, has a vintage 1920s vibe and a lengthy list of unusual whiskies and cognacs. There’s also regular live music and a tapas menu.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel offers exclusive access to the adjacent Berlin Zoo through the bar’s terrace—which means, while you still have to pay for a ticket, you get to skip the long lines at the regular entrance.
Abutting the Berlin Zoo and a stone’s throw from Tiergarten, Das Stue has plenty of attractions within walking distance, like the posh Ku’damm shopping boulevard. The closest public transport is the 200 bus on Budapester Strasse.
A tranquil setting and casual beer garden menu are the highlights of Café Am Neuen See (2-minute walk), in Tiergarten park. Recently awarded its first Michelin star after only being open for six months, Golvet (24-minute walk) specializes in Nordic-tinged fusion cuisine served in a spectacular dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows and sweeping cityscape views.
Darwin’s Lab (17-minute walk) in the Bikini Berlin mall is an ideal spot for cocktails, especially on its sprawling terrace in summer. For all-night drinking and dancing, gussy up and head to The Pearl (24-minute walk), one of the city’s top clubs. The rooftop Monkey Bar (14-minute walk) in the 25hour Hotel Bikini serves excellent cocktails on the huge wraparound terrace or inside the windowed bar with panoramic views of the city and the zoo
WHY WE LIKE IT
Eclectic design, sophisticated dining options and a stellar location next to the zoo and Tiergarten make this one of the top hotel picks in Berlin. The indoor pool and sauna and top-notch spa are plusses given the city’s oft-inclement weather. And we love the stylish, spacious rooms, which start at nearly 300 square feet—and go up to a whopping 1,185 square feet.