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
Although we loved the style and the vibe of the hotel, the staff need to improve the service.
We stayed in room 803 which had a fabulous view overlooking the zoo.
Here's a few examples of negative experiences:
The bakery - we tried to order coffee and the server told us to come back because she was busy making crossiants.
The reception desk - in general the speed to process any request was really slow and not very helpful. When we tried to arrange bikes, it was a big problem as there were only big bikes available in our room, we needed a smaller size and it took someone about 20 mins to track them down for us. I asked about a bike that looked perfect and I was told that is the ceo's bike and we can't use that one.
Water at reception was often empty, I'd expect this to be topped up and fresh all of the time.
Lack of room service is a negative experience. Having to walk up to a busy bar and wait in line for 15 minutes to collect some glasses and an ice bucket is a waste of time. Those items should be available through house keeping.
Housekeeping just knocking, waiting one second and then opening the door is an invasion of my privacy. I would expect that they still have the courtesy to wait a little longer before barging in.
On the positive the location is great, outlook fabulous and the Neni restaurant breakfast was spectacular.
We won't be coming back due to the lack of room service. It's essential in this range of hotel
We have stayed for 3 nights in this very stylish hotel.
Very clean, modern decor and design.
Perfect fix to location- near Zoo.
Reception very friendly and with smile.
All easy going but same time decent.
Very good breakfast with big choices.
We stayed in a 23-square-meter room with twin beds and street view.
The positive aspects: very good breakfast, kind and attentive staff, comfortable beds, good shower with strong water pressure, location convenient for public transportation and close to the Tiergarten.
The negative aspects: our room was very uncomfortable. It did not have a wardrobe (not even a small one!), neither a desk, nor a chair. The room description at hotels.com states that the "Urban M-Twin Room" has a desk, but this was not true. We did not have space to open our suitcases. Even though space was tight, some of it was wasted on a large and useless bench located behind the beds and filled with silly "decorative" items (stuffed monkey, old typewriter, flower pot, cushions). Another poor design choice was on the sink area: one could not close the faucet without wetting the sink counter!
In our opinion the room design and decor was too biased towards form, in detriment of function and comfort.
There’s no doubt this is a very cool hotel and has lots going for it. The top floor restaurant and bar have great views over the city and are directly adjacent to the zoo, so you see lots of exotic birds flying about and the occasional monkey sauntering past. But it’s a place of highs and lows. Our first breakfast, on a Friday, was quite wonderful with excellent service but the following morning it was amazing to be treated with total ignore. Our room had great light and views, but almost nowhere to hang clothes and no ability to make a humble cup of tea. The shower was a triumph, but the towels minuscule. The worst feature was absolutely useless pillows that ended up causing a very stiff neck. Bits of it are worth five stars, other bits only one.
This is a very trendy concept hotel with a very popular bar on the roof.
That popularity comes with a price though - and that is the peace and quiet of the rooms on the top floors (8 and 9).
I was initially given room 909. It’s right underneath the rooftop bar (Monkey Bar) and therefore subject to the loud, vibrating bass of the music played in there until 2am every night. I understand from colleagues, other guests and other reviewers here that this sound can be heard reverberating in other rooms on this floor and lower.
If I was to be in the bar until 2am every night it would t be a problem. However, I had tagged an extra day onto a work trip and wanted some rest and relaxation. I wasn’t going to get it on the 9th floor so the next day I was moved to floor 7. The sound wasn’t an issue here and I was able to enjoy the rest of my stay. My move was well handled by the staff.
The hotel rooms are stylish with some nice touches (UE speakers, bag to borrow etc). No iron but they bring one to you on request. Bed was comfy. I had a jungle room, meaning a great view over the Tiergarten.
I ate in the restaurant and that shouldn’t be missed during the stay.
Unfortunately as I moved room I left some documents in the first room which weren’t discovered by housekeeping until I had left, so they arranged for them to be sent, although at cost to me.
If only I’d had a better room right from the start, it might have been a better stay all round!