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
Not one for staying in anonymous corporate hotels, the look of this was appealing enough to book. It wasn't a disappointment either. Entrance to reception is via a funky lift which has futuristic graphics and sounds to keep you entertained on your journey to reception on the 3rd floor. The style is very much urban-chic with stark, naked concrete mixed in with retro soft furnishings, natural wood and metals creating and very unique urban style and ambience where ever detail had been scrupiously thought though. Staff were welcoming and friendly, and processed checkin quickly and efficiency. Along the same theme, the corridors to the rooms were dark and lit by white neon room numbers hanging from the ceiling. The standard room was clean and modern with strip LED coloured lighting surrounding a black mosaic tiled open plan shower and bedroom area. The bed was very comfy, with good quality linen, duvet and pillow. Even though the room was street-side it was extremely quiet. Polished concrete along with the naked concrete ceiling complemented the overall hotel theme and reminded you that you are in a converted 1960s office block. The breakfast buffet is served on the top floor next to 'Monkey Bar'. It was a little pricey at €22 per person, but the all-round floor to ceiling windows with views over Berlin made you forget that very quickly. Most tastes are catered for, but no porridge for UK guests!
Got blown away by the aesthetics of the hotel the moment we entered. Digital illustrations in the lifts, interesting room service concepts (such as asking for an aspirin instead of only requesting for turndown service), premium breakfast spread, and a cute bar from which to view monkeys from. We especially loved the green concept of the hotel. We left the hotel feeling more eco-conscious - thumbs up!
If you are young (in soul) , progressive and green - this is your place .
Modern and cheerful hotel with all super staffs and funny mood. View to zoo gives fairy tale experience
The rooms have good equipment. Staff is very kind (sometimes bit too much, so operative stuffs like check out get slow)
Breakfast is just perfect . 25h store is just next to hotel, also the Bahnhoff
Good clubs like Quasimodo are walking distance, all important places are close with e - roller . Monkey bar is very funny but better to try when no party , just enjoy the bar when only hotel guests there
Super cute stuffs you can take home from their souvenir shop
I think this is one of best choice for Berlin