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City: Das Stue, Berlin

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Hidden away on leafy Drakestrasse—between the Tiergarten park and the city’s zoo—this 80-room retreat has quietly stolen the spotlight in Berlin. Housed in the former Danish embassy, Das Stue derives its name from the Danish word for “living room,” a concept that interior designer Patricia Urquiola embraced to tasteful effect, seamlessly combining the 1939 Neoclassical building with a new five-story addition. Throughout, it’s the stylish touches and homey feel that won us over: photographs by Horst and Helmut Newton; library nooks with shag rugs on each floor. Request a room in the new wing for a view of the zoo’s ostriches and gazelles, or get a glimpse of the same scene while enjoying the lavish breakfast in the dining room downstairs. das-stue.com. $$

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City: Das Stue, Berlin

Hidden away on leafy Drakestrasse—between the Tiergarten park and the city’s zoo—this 80-room retreat has quietly stolen the spotlight in Berlin. Housed in the former Danish embassy, Das Stue derives its name from the Danish word for “living room,” a concept that interior designer Patricia Urquiola embraced to tasteful effect, seamlessly combining the 1939 Neoclassical building with a new five-story addition. Throughout, it’s the stylish touches and homey feel that won us over: photographs by Horst and Helmut Newton; library nooks with shag rugs on each floor. Request a room in the new wing for a view of the zoo’s ostriches and gazelles, or get a glimpse of the same scene while enjoying the lavish breakfast in the dining room downstairs. das-stue.com. $$

Courtesy Das Sue

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