Yasha Wallin

25 Hours Bikini Hotel

  • Where:
  • Why:Staycation. A chance to explore the other side of Berlin.
  • When:A lazy Sunday.
  • Who:Me and my boo, Olli.
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25 Hours Bikini Hotel 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.

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.

25 Hours Bikini Hotel Floor-to-ceiling views of the primates next door.

Floor-to-ceiling views of the primates next door.

25 Hours Bikini Hotel 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.

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.

25 Hours Bikini Hotel  Lounging around the lobby is encouraged.

Lounging around the lobby is encouraged.

25 Hours Bikini Hotel More of the lobby’s urban/jungle/bohemian vibe.

More of the lobby’s urban/jungle/bohemian vibe.

25 Hours Bikini Hotel Lobby detail.

Lobby detail.

25 Hours Bikini Hotel Anything from a German bakery is awesome.

Anything from a German bakery is awesome.

25 Hours Bikini Hotel Hammocks? Yes, please.

Hammocks? Yes, please.

25 Hours Bikini Hotel The Monkey Bar.

The Monkey Bar.

25 Hours Bikini Hotel There’s no shortage of animal sightings from the hotel.

There’s no shortage of animal sightings from the hotel.

25 Hours Bikini Hotel The Gestalten café next door.

The Gestalten café next door.

25 Hours Bikini Hotel The “Jungle room” and its very cozy bed.

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.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

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  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 45/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Laid back boutique.

  • Vibe

    Designer meets urban jungle.

  • Location

    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.

  • Rooms

    149

  • Music

    90's alternative. Not amazing.

  • Year Opened

    2014

  • Designed By

    Berlin local Werner Aisslinger.

  • Health & Wellness

    No, but an insane sauna with views of Tiergarten Park. Lovely.

  • Restaurant

    Yes, NENI, with a delicious menu designed for sharing.

  • Bar

    Yes, aptly named the Monkey Bar because it overlooks the chimpanzees, elephants and pelicans at the zoo next door.

  • Children

    Very kid friendly. If all else fails, take them across the street to the zoo.

  • Price

    High-end bohemian.

Paris Bar

Paris Bar

Kantstraße 152, 10623 Berlin, Germany

Gestalten Pavilion

Gestalten Pavilion

Budapester Straße 38–50, 10787 Berlin, Germany

Thai Park

Thai Park

Brandenburgische Str., 10707 Berlin, Germany

25 Hours Bikini Hotel

25 Hours Bikini Hotel

Budapester Str. 40, 10787 Berlin, Germany

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