Opened in 2014, the 25 Hours Bikini hotel has injected some much-needed "Ost-side" chic into the West Berlin hotel scene. Being situated right next to the city’s main zoo—the biggest in Germany—has given the hotel not only some interesting views, but also a neat conceptual theme for German designer Werner Aisslinger. The interior blends together a slew of funky furnishings—such as fur-lined hammocks, Vitra chairs, and Moroso-esque sofas—with quirky touches like exposed concrete and bicycles stuck to the walls, and surrounds it all with an abundance of tropical plant life. Aisslinger’s playful approach informs the rooms, too, which are inventive and smart. They are split between "Jungle," which look over the zoo’s animal enclosures, and "Urban," which face out across Breitscheidplatz and the WWII-damaged Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. The rooms are found along deliberately darkened corridors illuminated only by rows of glowing room numbers.
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With Zoologischer Garten on one side and City West sprawled out on the other, 25 Hours Bikini feels right in the heart of the city—though it’s really only the western half of it. Shopping, entertainment, and restaurant opportunities abound, many of them along the nearby Kurfürstendamm; boutique-heavy Bikini Mall is right next to the hotel. Cultural and historical highlights are nearby, too, such as Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and the Museum of Photography. The latter has an entire section devoted to the work of Berlin-born fashion photographer legend Helmut Newton.
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Rooms: 149 rooms; from $150. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The rooftop Neni restaurant serves above-average Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine; it's also open to the public for lunch and dinner. The adjacent Monkey Bar, with its lounge sofas, regular DJs, and wraparound roof terrace, matches killer cocktails with superb views. Fresh patisseries and coffee are served in the Woodfire Bakery, near reception. Spa and gym details: The Jungle Sauna is decorated with funky mismatched tiles and features views of the zoo from its dry sauna and quiet zones; there is also a small but perfectly outfitted fitness center.
Who’s it for: Design aficionados, nightlife fiends, and anyone interested in a lively hotel experience. Our favorite rooms: The Jungle L rooms come with their very own Schindelhauer bikes for city exploration. Burger up: The hotel’s own street food van, Burger De Ville, is permanently parked near Checkpoint Charlie and is well worth a visit.