Although I can't help feeling that the 25hours tries just a little too hard to be cool, there is no doubt that this is a fun place to have as a base in Berlin, with a great location, memorable rooms and a lively bar with a great view over the zoo.
Initial impressions are excellent - if you like this sort of thing. A strong commitment to design, with minimalist but thoughtful decor and some funky flourishes. A little lacking on the practical side - some more space for toiletries, towels and just putting stuff down would be nice - but scoring high on comfort and ambience.
The hotel is well located for day- and nightlife, within a few minutes' walk of the major transport interchange at Zoo Station and close to the large Tiergarten Park. There are plenty of places nearby where you can eat and drink, including a couple of very good eateries in the Europa Centre, a mall that looks rather dated but which is well worth a visit.
Service was efficient, without being effusive and overall we felt that this hotel was exceptionally good value. I would not consider staying anywhere else in Berlin.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Between the green zoo and the urban jungle, designer Werner Aisslinger and his team have created 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin. Half of the rooms look out over the ape and elephant enclosure in Berlin Zoo, while the other half enjoy a stunning view of one of Berlin‘s most history-laden landmarks, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. On the tenth floor, enjoying a phenomenal panoramic view, NENI Berlin and the Monkey Bar serve an eclectic mix of world cuisine in collaboration with trendsetting Austrian restaurateur Haya Molcho. 149 rooms • Mini-bar • Safe • UE Boom Bluetooth speaker • free high-speed wifi throughout the building • Free MINI rental • Schindelhauer Bikes for rent • NENI restaurant with 360° views of Berlin and roof terrace • Monkey Bar • Function area for 450 people • Jogging corner • Sauna overlooking the zoo • Woodfire bakery • Design kiosk • Living room with DJ corner ... more less
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