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 loved this hotel, one of the coolest we've ever stayed in. So handy having the Money Bar just two floors up in the lift to dip into as you please(and without queuing downstairs). Really friendly, helpful staff. Liked the area being next to zoo and park although that's probably even better in the summer. transport links very easy into city but we just walked through park. Loved Berlin, loved the hotel.
It was a delicious lunch with my son. He recomended. The food with great flavor and beautiful presentation. The service was very good. The price according to quality. But the best thing is the ambiance with light, plants and 360° view of the city.
Stayed here 3 days in August. I had reserved a single *jungle* room. Really had a fantasy to watch apes and gorillas and crocodiles to do what they do..( what they do every day, i dunno ?)
From my room in the 4th floor I saw only some air-conditioning pipes and a roof. The hotel was noisy( babies screaming) and the house-keeping was disorganized. The beds are not very good and the linen felt cheap.
But the hotel is situated perfectly and the front desk staff are really welcoming and professional.
It would have been so cool if I had the kind of room they market, I love baboons.
It was great they let me stay 2 hours later after the check out.
I guess I have to try to repeat this.
The most comfy beds and amazing duvet which is hard to find in Germany as most have two small duvets on a double. Great day beds and hammocks to watch the world go by in the zoo or city. Really great young mall next door also which a healthy food court and some new designers. Friendly staff. Great restaurant on top also but always struggle to get in. You need to book well in advance or you can always order in
You will not get sleep!! Only go if you want to party on the top floor.
The walls are thin but the showers are beautiful, weigh up whether you value aesthetics or sleep. If going on the weekend - you will not sleep!
We moved rooms 3 times. The staff know this, and the hotel need to advertise this noise issue explicitly. They know they're taking the pee about it actually.
Try the pastrami cheese sourdough melt. Best thing about our stay.