The 25hours Berlin Bikini takes its name –and we had to ask—from the landmark Bikini House, an iconic post war mixed-use project that earned the local nickname “Bikinihaus” due to its open-sided second floor. The hotel is located in a recent adjoining building that was awarded LEED Gold Certification for its highly sustainable design.
The hotel’s design represents today’s Berlin. It is cool and minimalist in its architecture, complemented with incredibly inviting interiors geared for the hard-working modern traveler. Exposed concrete framing and mechanical ducts create both interesting and flexible open spaces. The lounges are arranged as mini-meeting areas, for informal gatherings or simply one-on-one with our laptop. Furniture is subtle in shape, color-rich, and blends nicely with bold area rugs, freestyle lighting, and a mix of artwork.
The hotel’s proximity and direct views to the Berlin Zoo are celebrated in various fun ways, from sock-monkey style stuffed animals in the guest rooms, to the rooftop Monkey Bar. Interior plants are part of the design throughout the hotel, adding not only to the “jungle” concept of the neighboring zoo but also to the indoor air quality.
The hotel’s 159 rooms, either “Jungle Rooms” or “Urban Rooms,” have a residential ambiance like a studio flat. The bathroom fixtures are part of the room design, the desks and built-ins are great for getting work done, and everyone gets free wi-fi and free bicycle rental. Room rates start around 134 euros a night.
[Photo: 25hours Berlin Bikini]