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
- 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
We stayed one night in a jungle room and had breakfast the following morning. The room was comfortable, shower excellent, views over the zoological gardens were great from the hammock next to the window. There was a good Bluetooth speaker also which was a nice touch.
The staff were nice and helpful and the booking direct on the website easy and informative.
Huge selection of freshly cooked stuff and cold meats, yoghurts, cereals, fruits, you name it, at breakfast, with fantastic table service.
I only have two gripes that prevent a 5 star rating. First, the pillows were rubbish. For such Nice quality with everything else, why have such awful pillows? The second gripe was that we were only told when we checked in that the monkey bar and the restaurant were closed for the duration of our stay for a private function. I booked online weeks before- an email to inform me would have been nice, and two free drinks in the bakery is not really much compensation when the monkey bar was one of the reasons for booking. If it hadn’t been for this I would definitely have considered staying here again next time, but it is quite expensive considering the facilities are unavailable at no notice. As it is, I will likely look at one of the many other hotels in the area.
Great hotel in central berlin, near the station for easy access to the rest of the city. The staff were brilliant and helpful from the start. They helped us book a restaurant by calling six times throughout the day until they got through. The breakfast were delicious and it was fun to spot the animals in the zoo as we ate. I was also a big fan of the decor a little quirky but well equipped - including the hammock by the window! Overall I'd definitely recommend, especially if you are coming for the Christmas markets.
Stayed for 2 days. While the hotel is awesome and I loved spending time just lounging in the bar area on the cozy hammocks overlooking the zoo, the best part was the staff - Kalle at the front desk went over and beyond, from booking restaurants to solve little questions. And Jan at the cafe makes wonderfully mean coffees. Can’t wait to be back
Great hotel all round!
But No coffee in room & lots of references to monkeys from zoo next door......didn’t see or hear one throughout our stay! Great hotel but so excited to see a monkey. Bit of a letdown
I was so clumsy to book the right number of days starting the wrong day. Instead of charge me an extra day, they extended my stay at no extra cost.
On top of that this place is awesome. Decoration. Bar. Lounge. Lobby. Beautiful. Even the “Please not disturb” sign is a booklet with 25 (creative) reasons not to be disturbed or how to tell cleaning that you know... it is a mess 😁
6* from me.