Located in the former Danish Embassy, an elegant 1930’s building overlooking Tiergarten Park and the Berlin zoo, the hotel seeks to show that West is best, or at least, nothing everything cool happens in the East.
‘Das Stue’ is the Danish word for ‘living room’, adopting it as the hotel name signal’s the owners intention to re-establish a drawing room – or salon – culture in Berlin. In other words, a place for civilised eating, drinking, conversation and other sociable encounters.
The original building was designed by architect Johann Emil Schmidt, who also designed Berlin’s KaDeWe department store. This building has seen it all: it survived the war, served as a military mission for the Danish, took a turn as a postal and telecom training centre and was even slated for social housing – finally, the building was given an update and extended by Axthelm Architects from Potsdam. Interior design is by Spanish architect Patricia Urquiola.
Located in West Berlin just by the park, the hotel is close to the Neue Nationalgalerie (designed by architect Mies Van Der Rohe), Potsdamer Platz and Kurfürstendamm shopping boulevard, Berlin’s answer to the Champs-Elysee. For those so inclined, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Reichstag are also nearby.
What We Love
Highlights of the building include the library – a sort of chill-zone complete with books on arts and other cultural subjects and panoramic views onto the zool and gardens. Check out one of the owner’s vintage fashion photography collection on the walls – including offerings from by the likes of Richard Avedon, Paul Horst and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Room to Improve
Miraculously, not even the folks on Tripadvisor are complaining – that pretty much says it all!
Why not request a view onto the horses? Or if you prefer, the ostriches?
Hotel Berlin Tiergarten
10787 Berlin Germany
TEL +49 30 311 722-0
Everything old is new again. Berlin cabaret artist Max Raabe & Palast Orchester performs pure nostalgia: Dream a Little Dream of Me.