25 Hours Bikini Hotel
by: Yasha Wallin
Staycation. A chance to explore the other side of Berlin.
A lazy Sunday.
Me and my boo, Olli.
There’s lots of exposed concrete preserved from the original 1950’s architecture, like here in the entryway. If you’re small enough—like a couple of kids I saw—you can pretend to test drive this vintage car.
Floor-to-ceiling views of the primates next door.
Before it opened as a “concept mall” this year, Bikini Berlin was an office building and got its nickname because the third floor was always vacant, giving the illusion the building was split in two—like a bikini.
Lounging around the lobby is encouraged.
More of the lobby’s urban/jungle/bohemian vibe.
Anything from a German bakery is awesome.
Hammocks? Yes, please.
The Monkey Bar.
There’s no shortage of animal sightings from the hotel.
The Gestalten café next door.
The “Jungle room” and its very cozy bed.
Highs + Lows
The hotel is more of an experience than just a place to sleep. It’s an all encompassing adult playground where you’ll never be bored: you can spend hours in the bar watching people (and the animals), hang out in the lobby and work, walk around the public spaces outside, or go next door to the new Bikini Berlin.
The best way to see Berlin is on a bike and the hotel offers free rentals from the beautiful German brand Schindelhauer. When you get tired of pedaling, there are also free Mini Coopers to drive around.
Everything is themed around the zoo, so for a hotel located in the middle of an urban area, it feels very lush, green and lively.
The vibe is egalitarian and casual—most everyone will feel comfortable here. That’s clear when you walk around and see stylish ladies from the West rubbing elbows with Kreuzberg’s (Berlin’s Williamsburg) creatives and tourists from all over.
The design is well thought out and fun, down to the record player in the lobby and the soap dispensers that urge you to “stop the water while using me!”
Berlin is not known for their service and you’re reminded of that at the bar. The hospitality everywhere else in the hotel/restaurant is great, so hopefully the bartenders are just working out the kinks.
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Laid back boutique.
Designer meets urban jungle.
Berlin’s previously unhip West is quickly turning into a destination. The hotel is steps away from the Zoo U-Bahn station, once a pretty seedy area, now getting a breath of new life thanks to the hotel, the new Bikini Berlin “concept mall” next door and a renovated movie theater.
90's alternative. Not amazing.
- Year Opened
- Designed By
Berlin local Werner Aisslinger.
No, but an insane sauna with views of Tiergarten Park. Lovely.
Yes, NENI, with a delicious menu designed for sharing.
Yes, aptly named the Monkey Bar because it overlooks the chimpanzees, elephants and pelicans at the zoo next door.
Yes, free in the rooms and common areas.
Very kid friendly. If all else fails, take them across the street to the zoo.
In the Area
Kantstraße 152, 10623 Berlin, Germany
An institution. Great for cocktails, people watching, and getting a feel for old school Berlin.
Budapester Straße 38–50, 10787 Berlin, Germany
German publisher Gestalten’s new store and café has a great selection of books and well-curated design products.
Brandenburgische Str., 10707 Berlin, Germany
Every weekend a bunch of ladies set up portable woks and sell the best homemade Thai food in Berlin at this open-air market. Secure a spot on the grass and try one of everything.
25 Hours Bikini Hotel
Budapester Str. 40, 10787 Berlin, Germany
Neighborhood: City West
Hotel Location: Budapester Str. 40, 10787 Berlin, Germany