Das Stue, Berlin, Germany

When it comes to not-your-usual mini-moons, Berlin is trending. And riding the crest of the cool wave is the inimitable Das Stue.

There's so much that's hip about this hotel and its location, you'll find yourselves slowly morphing into that couple ('Oh, we often frequent password-protected hidden bars with unmarked steel doors') simply to fit in. (It's called Tausend - get there.)


Das Stue itself is the former Danish Embassy (the Germans are geniuses at renovating tired spaces) and thanks to Spanish interior-design whizz Patricia Urquiola it has a distinctly sharp and snappy feel. We love the quirky yet comfy furniture in the teeny bar with terrace, from which you can even spot ostrich in the nearby Berlin Zoo.

Das Stue has a small, slick spa, but, to be honest, you won't find time to use it - you'll be hopping from museum to bar quicker than you can say 'Ein heisse apfel bitte' (a hot apple drink with a punchy shot of mysteriously potent alcohol).

Retreat to the hotel for a much-needed snooze in your stylishly snug room before heading to Michelin-starred restaurant Cinco for a display of culinary fireworks. Then, for your final hurrah, get down with the justifiably smug kids and party the night away at local rooftop club Weekend. You just got cool.

WOW FACTOR: It has to be the secondhand shops stuffed with goodies in the Kreuzberg district, and Street Food Thursday - an evening-only culinary treat at Markthalle Neun.

GO: A double room costs from £175 per night; www.das-stue.com.

FLIGHT TIME: 1 hour, 45 minutes.