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
This place is just fab, every corner you turn there’s something new that blows your mind. The staff had second to none customer service and everyone we spoke to could t be more helpful. The room was spotless and had some many amazing features. We were facing the zoo and we woke up every morning to the monkeys eating breakfast.
The breakfast in the hotel was outstanding! Best I’ve had in a hotel and the best views of Berlin. The monkey bar on the top floor had a great vibe and definitely worth checking out.
We can’t wait to return and I was genuinely sad to leave. Awesome hotel and a must if your visiting Berlin!
Had a wonderful, albeit quirky stay at 25hours, exactly what we wanted! If it is refined luxury you're seeking, this ain't the place to be. It's a fun place to stay, which puts a smile on your face everytime you get back.
-Easy to get from airport (Tegel) with a direct bus X9 to the zoo station, and a short walk to the hotel (on flat ground).
-we stayed in the zoo facing suite - lovely views of teigarten and of course the animals.
-we learnt to sightsee on bikes (one in the room and the other rented). at first was apprehensive because the bikes were gearless, but hey, Berlin is so flat with many bike lanes, it was so convenient to cycle around.
-well located (more to the West Berlin side), safe area.
Other things to note
-you get dedicated access to monkey bar
-room is on the dark side
-mattress is on the floor, but really, that is ok (just like tatami).
-hammock in the room
We stayed here for 2 nights. Its definitively very trendy and young and every aspect of the decor is well thought out. I liked the atmosphere and the look of our rooms. The bath tubs with built in speakers were a blessing at the end of a long business trip. The top bar was very crowded, but had a fun selection of drinks and seemed to be very popular with the young professional crowd. Had a nice dinner at the restaurant as well, with great service and food.
They do take the ”hipster” thing a bit too far though and seem to focus on looks more than service and quality. An example: A big reason we booked this place was because we saw in the pictures that there was a “bakery” in the lobby which we thought looked amazing. When we arrived we soon realised that the “bakery” sign was only there as an ironic hipster decoration and didn’t actually mean anything, hahaha! I get it, but would have been nicer to actually have the fresh baked bread. But that’s 2019 for you in a nutshell I guess.
Stay here if you want the cool pictures or if you’re really into name dropping where you stay. If you want actual value for your money, stay somewhere else and just come here for a visit to the Monkey bar anyway.