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SO/ Berlin Das Stue, Berlin, Germany
Das Stue means 'living room' in Danish - this homely and luxurious hotel bordering the Tiergarten was once the Royal Danish Embassy. Now it's an enchanting five-star hotel, part of Sofitel's fashion-led SO brand, with designer rooms, great cuisine and a tranquil Austrian spa. If you fancy a country break in the heart of a big city, this is as good as it gets.
Rooms available from £276.22 per night
You're on the southwest corner of the Tiergarten, where Drakestrasse and Thomas-Dehler-Strasse meet. This is a quiet and well-policed neighbourhood where several embassies are located. Zoologischer Garten U-Bahn station is 15-minutes' walk away. Berlin Zoo is on your doorstep and the hotel even has a private entrance (and sells tickets at reception).
If you're in need of a shopping trip, there are plenty in Kurfürstendamm including the famous KaDeWe department store.
By plane: direct flights to Berlin Brandenburg from London (1 hour 40 minutes), Manchester (1 hour 55 minutes) and Edinburgh (2 hours 5 minutes). It's a 30-minute drive to the hotel. Book flights to Berlin.
CHARACTER & STYLE
The 1930s building has an attractive curved façade, with an outside terrace with African furniture that is lovely in the summer. Interiors are colourful and playful, inspired by the nearby zoo with a resident crocodile sculpture and wire mesh giraffe and chimpanzee.
The young and helpful team are ready to dish out directions and advice at the small reception desk between the entrance hall and bar. Break a sweat in the SO/ FIT gym, which has a view of the zoo. You can also hire bikes.
- Sun terrace
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
- Free Wi-Fi
Rooms and suites are split between two blocks, with views of the park or zoo. Large windows, king size beds and scandi-style furniture come together in a cool look which at times can feel over-designed. Stue rooms have a shower only.
Room types: Stue Room, Embassy Room, Junior Suite, SO Suite, Stue Suite, Penthouse Suite Bel Etage Suite
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, tea and coffee-facilities, smart TV, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi
FOOD & DRINK
Stue Bar is a great spot for a cocktail - enjoy the views of the zoo and summer terrace through its picture window. The Casual restaurant is more subdued, with tasteful décor in shades of grey and a globally-inspired menu.
The Casual: main restaurant, Mediterranean cuisine. All-day menu, open daily. Lunch set menu from €21.