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
We have booked 3 rooms here as travelling with family, we were all given rooms on the 7th floor. The bar and restaurant Neni (if you eat out regularly, you may
also find this to be a disappointment, although the service was great) is on the 10th floor, a whole 3 floors above us and the beat of the music is thundering down upon us, and has been doing so for hours. When calling reception they said all they can do is ask them to turn the base down and we can move to the 5th floor tomorrow as it is near midnight, we are here for 3 nights and this feels like a massive rip off having spent a few nights in Amsterdam, in the nicest hotel where they couldn’t do enough for us. (Hoxton) A massive contrast in comparison.
If you have a recommendation for another hotel I would seriously think about taking it over this one and not just being another number in the system.
A 7 minutes walk from Bahnhof Zoo Tiergarten. Step into the elevator, hit floor 3,
and wait for the surprise....
Although located in a renovated office building, this Hotel really hits you in the face.
Is it Hip, is it Trendy is it Old, is it New? You may call it Urban. But again...what does it mean.really?
Neon, wall paintings and drawings, humor, plants, industrial and a friendly staff all over the place.
Shall we call it a Hang Loose atmosphere?
Oh and we did not even mention the bar and Neni restaurant. Which are top notch!
If you are lucky, please book a room with a view on the Zoo. Open your window and start your morning with monkey eh eh sounds and birds singing.
The hotel is located in Charlottenburg, about 1 hour with bus 109 or 30 minutes with the Express bus X9 from Airport Tegel.
Plenty of nice shops and restaurants in the area, you find the Ku dam around the corner.
Great job guys!
I find it hard to explain how much I liked this place. It's a long story since I started noticing this huge contruction site at the time when the building was beeing refurbished and I was reading the press announcing the new project as a mall/hangout/hotel right by the Berlin Zoo. A few years ago I finally took some time to visit the place and I was amazed: I loved the shopping mall, the bars, the terrace but the hotel was what made me curious the most! Last week I finally was able to book a room at the 25hours and my long wait was more than rewarded. For first, the location: the building is overlooking the Berlin Zoo and the Tiergarten on one side, the Kaiser Wilhelm's Memorial and the Europa Center on the other side. At the lobby, one vintage Trabant car and a fuel pump get you in the mood for the very orignal experience. You are guided to the third floor where the reception and the concierge are placed. The elevator it's a show itself, as it is a sort of an immersive projection room with videos all over the sides. There's a work place, a relax area and fireplace on the same floor. The staff is very friendly and professional. But the room is definitely the best part of the experience. Stylish, contemporary, quiet and comfortable at the highest levels. I really don't konw were to start! A wide window let you enjoy the view from a realx corner and if you like to add your favourite music to it there's a wireless boombox at your disposal for that. Everything is very well set-up and designed including the very comfortable bed. Fancy a drink? at the 10th floor there's one of the most beautifull and vibrant bar, packed with beautifull people, nice music, a photo-exhibition on the walls and an external terrace from which you have probably one of the best view in town. Needless to say, breakfast is as good as all the rest with its wide choice of dishes and the brightest atmosphere. What else to say? This place is now at the top in the ranking of my favourite hotel worldwide. Can't wait to stay there again!
I've stayed more than 3 times here and will be going back next week!
Quirky hotel with great views over the zoo, and a hammock in the room if you're lucky, not to mention the nice addition of a wireless speaker in all the rooms as well as a bag that you can use and bring back during your stay.
While you're there make sure to have a drink or two at the rooftop bar, the cocktails are absolutely delicious and the ambience is fun and lively.
The decor of the hotel and restaurants is so fun with a nice surprise everywhere you look so get your cameras ready :)
I've stayed at this hotel twice now and it is the most fun. The hammocks and swings in the reception are great and the whole hotel has the best theme. The beds are extremely comfy and the room has everything you could need. (we had a city facing twin room). Although it wasn't a zoo room, I really liked facing the city and the whole room layout.
The monkey bar does great cocktails with a buzzing vibe but can get very busy so you might have to wait around for a place to sit. You can see amazing sunsets from the terrace and great views over the zoo and Tiergarten.
Please note that if you are staying in a zoo facing room, try to get a room on a lower floor. My parents stayed on a higher floor but found it to be too noisy at night due to the DJ in the monkey bar. Floors 4,5,6 are best.
Also, if you are travelling with someone who is not your partner be careful with the shower situation. There is a curtain to cover the shower which is a walk in but may not be as private as you would prefer. The shower won't be seen from some part of the room but can be from others, even with the curtain across.
Aside from that, its a really great hotel. I would stay here again and again on returning trips to Berlin.