Understated and refined luxury at Das Stue, Berlin’s top luxury designer hotel

With an unrivalled location in the exclusive diplomatic district of Berlin (probably the most quiet and secure in the entire capital city) and facing the Berlin Zoo Gardens, DAS STUE has, in less than 2 years since opening established itself as THE most exclusive luxury hotel in Berlin, with a Michelin starred restaurant (Cinco), a state of the art Spa, including an indoor heated swimming pool.

The public spaces were designed by famed Spanish interior designer Patricia Urquiola, with a lavish collection of bespoke furnishings created for DAS STUE and manufactured by luxury Italian furniture companies like Moroso or B&B Italia. The mood is slick, yet comfortable and warm. On mornings, the direct picture frame views of the Zoo Park, I had the impression I was sharing with the other guests a true palace, not a hotel. On each return to the hotel and its majestic entrance, I could not help but feel like a VIP. (make sure you try one of the Audi‘s of the hotel).

The lobby entrance is truly grand and the attention to details both in quality of materials but also functionality is second to none. The ground-floor is rife with contemporary art-work, of which, the most impressive of which, is an original collection fashion and cinema photography. Two stunning black/white of German actress Marlene District flank the reception area. It was a joy watching adult and child guest alike, take photos of the many leather stuffed animals – as a reference to the Zoo. The hotel will soon enjoy an exclusive direct entrance into the Zoo. The Bar also has a tiny terrace – much appreciated by smokers.

The mix of guests at DAS STUE is very well balanced, both leisure (many mature and young couples), families with children but also diplomats and businessmen. The restaurant, the bar and the Spa also attract local patrons, who live in the neighbourhood. Breakfast is served in a separate restaurant which is flooded by day-light through the glass ceiling. On the evenings, the picture frame window behind the bar turns into a cinema screen.

The library on the first floor instills a uniquely relaxation feel, ideal for reading over a cup of tea or, having a discreet private or business meeting. Given the limited number of rooms and suites, the hotel has over-capacity on public spaces, therefore, none of the outlets would seem crowded – one could eat indoors or outdoors on the terrace, especially on warm summer days.

Beyond interior design and the very large and comfortable rooms, the most pleasant suprise to me, was the Spa, which is simply exquisit. I had a Lomi massage with Kim, an exceptionally gifted and passionate therapist. The protocol of the treatment, which is one of the most complicated massages to perform, was perfect. So were the room, the Hawaiian sea kelp oil and the aromatherapy – bunches of fresh planted and dry lavender.

As part of the treatment protocol, Kim told me to make a wish and concentrate on it during the treatment as it will come true after the massage. The way she explained the treatment was just magical. Rarely, have I seen such young and talented expert therapists. The Spa features only natural and organic products, led by Austrian organic based beauty brand Susanne Kaufmann (including a dedicated men’s grooming line). Patricia Urquiola’s take on the indoor pool is also going to sweep you off your feet….

Rooms and suites are very spacious, all with oak wooden parquet, including the open bathroom, which feature a rain-shower. I must admit I missed a bathtub and more space for toiletries. With a Spa that promotes natural / organic products, the hotel must change the artificial ingredients’ bathroom amenities – actually, on arrival I had Dipthyque and the second night Gilchrist &Soames. The oversized beds are incredibly comfortable and I very much enjoyed the large business desk and the separate table in my Junior Suite. Lighting was also of top quality, with touch sensors throughout the room.

As you would expect, a hotel member of Design Hotels, is also up to date with technology – complimentary high-speed wi-fi throughout the entire hotel, 80” UHD Panasonic TVs with Apple Tv capabilities. I would only suggest improving sound, with buffers or adding Iphone speaker docks by the bed.

Service is close to perfection, especially the front of the house, the Spa restaurants, bars and room service. I would suggest a much closer attention to be paid by the Front Office to the timing of performing the in-room housekeeping service. If guests were asked their preferred time for cleaning and turndown, at check in, guests would not have call each time to request service.

Also, there were no turndown amenities (except water) or the usual note on the next day’s weather. I am certain that adding flowers in all rooms and suites would greatly enhance the experience of a stay (I noticed only one beautiful flower set-up – white Calla lillies in the lobby bar area)

A dedicated photo gallery can be found on our Facebook page. You can watch two short videos – a preview of a Junior Suite and a preview of the Spa.

Special thanks to Kim, Ruth, Gregor, Jean Paul, Tess and the entire team !

Oliver Petcu in Berlin