25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Winner: Best Nightlife
- Buzzy bar and restaurant with panoramic views of the city
- Grab a burger from the hotel's Airstream streetfood van, parked just outside
- The lobby is strung with hammocks to lounge in
- Free bicycle and Mini Cooper rentals to explore the city and farther afield
What To Know
- The rooftop Monkey Bar is open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday
- Bang in the center of Berlin's rapidly developing City West neighborhood
- There's an easygoing vibe that could work for families, but the hotel is best suited to party people
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This hipster hotel by Berlin native Werner Aisslinger is designed around an urban jungle theme. Lush flora hangs and climbs from the concrete ceilings and wood pallet-effect walls, creating a connection with the Berlin Zoo located behind the property. The building itself is a dramatic revamp of the once-derelict Bikini-Haus, a 1950s office block. Being able to explore the reworking of this concrete behemoth is exciting whether you’re staying here or not.
Bed and Bath
Even the basic rooms (which start at 248 square feet) are comfortable and are kitted out with king- or queensize beds, large windows and rainfall showers. The soft bedding and felt pillows contrast with the raw concrete ceiling. The shower rooms are dark and moody, with black tiles, atmospheric lighting and heated floors. If you opt for a bigger room you get funky extras like hammocks, which you can swing in as you gaze out over the zoo through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Regular DJ events take place in the upbeat Monkey Bar on the top floor (keep an eye out for the Live at 25 program for one-off performances ranging from hip-hop to theater). For downtime, the jungle sauna is a touch of genius; you can sweat it out on clean pine seating while looking out over the zoo through windows lined with tropical plants. The restaurant, Neni, serves upscale cuisine with a menu that draws from contemporary Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences, while the breakfast spread is something to behold; fuel up on curry wurst and smoked salmon, and wash it down with a freshly made smoothie.
In the Area
City West has been going through a revival in recent years. Although it’s not as rowdy as Kreuzberg or Neukölln in terms of nightlife, 25Hours guests will want to check out the local bars; the Berlin institution Rum Trader should be on that list, a tiny bar where you’ll find some of the city’s best cocktails. Paris Bar is another long-running spot popular with locals, while Diener Tattersall is a place to get a taste of the classic old West vibe. For cutting-edge shopping, the concept store Andreas Murkudis is the place to find mesmerizing objects from leading new designers, while 14oz is stocked with a bouquet of hip fashion brands.
How to Get There
Stayed here for one night, location was very convenient to all local amenities from shops to bus stop and train stops... rooms was lovely so clean and spacious for a city hotel and loved over looking berlin zoo watching the orangutans play... bed was comfy and it was quite..... would definitely stay here again...
We spend the First Time in 25h Bikini Berlin. We had a great Room with a view over the Zoo and fantastic Breakfast and Drinks at Monkey Bar. And a special Thanks to Niklas at the Reception who recommended a Lot of nice, cool, Secret, indie Places in the East of Berlin. You've made our stay!
This hotel has everything one would want, it's trendy, has special design, amazing location with half of the hotel rooms with zoo view (wherelse can you find that in a city?!) and a sexy bar and restaurant on the last floor.
However... However the hotel is victim of its success and has loads of non-hotel-guest visitors. As a hotel guest I could not find a spot at the bar neither could I have a table at the restaurant and was given the alternative option to order "room service" (which was in fact not room service since you have to go to the restaurant and bring your plater down to your room yourself!) - all this when the weather is exceptionally warm and sunny and you only want to rest outside, say on the bar terrace! The bar and restaurant are managed by two different teams which (I quote) "don't collaborate", so if like me you want first a beer and order a meal with "room service" later, you got to go to two different places! And I spare you the details of calling the restaurant for you food from your room, these guys just cannot handle peak times!
The shelves in the room are dusty, the tiles in the bathroom are loose here and there, once used the shower leaks, the soundproofing in the bedrooms is crap, or the all black bathroom looks chalky due to poor cleaning!
Let's mention also that I asked to split the invoice in two, one part was already printed which I took with me upon checkout and the other part was due to be sent by email. Guess what ?! I had to contact the hotel again to claim it!
All in all, when paying +500€ for a 2-night stay, you expect a state-of-the-art room, which you don't get!
If you got a confortable budget to spend like me, try elsewhere or just come and try the food and beverage here without staying!