I stayed over the weekend on an excellent 3 nights for the price of 2 deal. Initially I was very worried about the location of the hotel as I did not think it would be convenient but I was very wrong. This is a great location and makes a great change from Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg. The Tiergarten S Bahn station is 10 minutes walk away through the wonderful Tiergarten and the lines through Tiergarten station run to all the main sites in Berlin without the need to change trains. The Hauptbahnhof, Hackesche markt, Alexander Platz, Potsdamer Platz and Waschauer Strasse (for the East Side Gallery) are all easily reached. We walked from the Brandenburg gate back to the hotel through Tiergarten and it was a lovely 30 minute stroll.
The hotel building is a beautiful restoration and at night is stunningly lit. Beautiful interior design with many details that remind you the zoo is next door. Rhino sculptures, a crocodile skull and gorillas made of red wire are dotted around the public spaces. The bar is relaxed and cosy with good music and drinks. There is a terrace outside which is great at night and has a good menu with tapas and full meals. Lovely service over dinner made for a great start to the weekend.
We had breakfast at the hotel and it was nice but not good value. 35 Euros is too much for a buffet spread and unless you have a massive appetite you will not see value here. The produce though is excellent and was enough to start the day.
I had a junior suite and my travelling companion an Embassy Room. The Junior Suite was nicely decorated and had a massive terrace that looked into the zoo. Seeing emus and wallabies from a terrace in Berlin is a genuine surprise! Two iMac computers were in the room and functioned as radio/computer/TV and Hotel info. Very nice touch. The TV channels are 95% German as expected with a couple of English language channels here and there (BBC News and Nat Geo etc) but you don’t come to Berlin to watch TV. There was no widescreen TV in the room as touted but I didn’t care. The bed was large and comfortable with good linen and pillows. The bathroom was tiny with a shower cubicle and a sink. No bath which was disappointing as the website states all junior suites have a bath and shower. The shower is nice and I love a rainwater shower head but it was just too big a shower head (Takes up the whole shower) that did not allow you to step out of the shower stream while in the cubicle. Having water landing on your face 100% of the time in the shower is not comfortable.
The décor in the room was lovely and the lighting is elegant. There is no desk lamp so working in the evening is impossible as there is little or no lighting in the lounge area other than lights in the floor. I have to say the lighting in the lounge area is unacceptably low. One floor lamp by the chaise longue and three lights in the floor are nowhere near enough. A couple of lights had bulbs not working which was surprising as well. Small grumbles but it is a 5 star hotel and God is in the details as they say. Excellent housekeeping and standard of cleanliness. Suite 224 is nicely set out but lacks privacy. It faces the rooms at the back of the original building and is overlooked on all sides. There are net curtains however that obscure people’s view of your room. If you want a view and privacy avoid room 224.
My only other grumble relates to my friend’s room. An Embassy room but the TV did not work and there was no iMac in the room as promised. When he called down to reception they did attend straight away and offer to change the room but why give out a room that was not complete and functioning in the first place? An engineer came the following day and fixed the TV but again for a 5 star hotel it’s not great. I thought the Embassy room was pretty average. Not overly big, a tiny bathroom and again no bath and no terrace or balcony.
Enough with the small complaints. The hotel is fabulous and easily the best in Berlin if you like design and quality with a sense of place. Great staff who are friendly and efficient. I used the spa twice and had great massages in a soothing environment. The spa staff were cheerful and a pleasure to deal with.
The combination of a quiet, beautiful yet convenient location with a stunningly designed hotel is hard to beat and doesn’t exist is many cities let alone Berlin. I spent over 1000 euros here for two days but overall it was worth it. If they iron out the small oversights this is a world class establishment that is my only choice for Berlin from now on.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 78 Room Luxury boutique hotel located next to the famous Tiergarten park and Berlin Zoo.Das Stue is an independant run hotel designed by Patricia Urquiola. It has 2 restaurants, one being the Michelin starred Cinco restaurant by Paco Peréz.Other facilities include a spa by Susanne Kaufmann, swimming pool, bar and library. ... more less
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