By Danielle Sheridan
Opened in 2014, 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin is definitely making a name for itself. Nestled next to the Berlin Zoo and not far from Tiergarten Park, 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin is a great base for exploring the city. After a 5-minute walk and a quick ride on the U-Bahn, Berlin’s subway, you’re easily in the center of the city.
25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin is unique for a number of reasons. Playing off the idea of being located in an “urban jungle,” one side of the hotel overlooks the Berlin Zoo and the other side of the hotel overlooks the city.
Rooms with a Berlin Zoo view have a jungle theme, while the rooms with a city view have more of an urban feel. Jungle rooms are complete with a hammock next to the floor to ceiling window with a great view of the zoo. Relaxing here is a perfect way to rejuvenate while preparing for the day, or to unwind at the end of a day of sightseeing.
Urban rooms have a totally different look and an edgy feel to them – something that may appeal to a younger generation. These rooms have a rustic aesthetic and overlook the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Certain rooms even have a personal bicycle hanging on the wall.
The bathroom has an interesting design, with the shower stall open to the room — but easily hidden by a curtain and lit with fluorescent lights. Overall, the rooms are dimly lit, but the large windows allow light to pour in.
The comfort factor continues throughout the hotel, especially on the third floor where there’s a large, flowing lounge that feels like a giant living room. With couches and hammocks placed throughout, there are plenty of places to relax while enjoying a pastry from the in-house bakery, also on the third floor. If relaxing in a sauna is more your thing, the bright spacious sauna on the ninth floor will get the job done.
Floor-to-ceiling windows flaunt a glimpse into the Berlin Zoo in this airy space. With so many different areas to relax in, and its easygoing atmosphere, 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin is an ideal base for adventuring around the city.
The hotel boasts a number of splendors. The Monkey Bar on the top floor is a hotspot for nightlife. It is a cozy bar with windows overlooking the Berlin Zoo, frequented by both locals and tourists. Featuring a fireplace and pillows, it’s a cozy place to get a drink after a long day of exploring.
Opposite The Monkey Bar, the hotel’s restaurant Neni has a hip, unique vibe with a terrace serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast is a mix of traditional hot German foods, as well as a ton of breads, meats, cheeses and smoothies. With a greenhouse feel, breakfast at Neni is a fantastic way to fuel your day.
The hotel has a lot of local and artistic touches, some of which are obvious and some of which are subtle. The decor found in the rooms was sourced from flea markets (a typewriter in a room, binoculars hanging by the window), and there are whimsical doodles and drawings on the walls throughout the hotel by a Japanese artist, Yoshi Sislay.
The third floor houses the reception area, which is beautifully decorated with turquoise tiles from the Alexanderplatz subway station just a few minutes away. There’s a marketplace next to the reception area for jewelry, postcards and other items created by local artisans, along with the option to purchase some of the hotel’s signature items found in the rooms. These small but powerful touches impart an excellent boutique hotel flare.
This 149-room hotel in Berlin definitely stands out as spectacular. With comfortable rooms accompanied by great views, a young and friendly staff, and everything you may need at your fingertips during your stay, 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin is well worth the stay when you’re heading to Berlin.
Danielle Sheridan is a photographer based in New York City. View her work at http://www.daniellesheridanphoto.com