Going to Berlin? Whether you’re in town to explore or to party, 25hours Bikini Berlin is a great base, with a convenient location, excellent transport connections, cool rooms, bikes to hire, and epic rooftop bar that overlooks the zoo.
Where is it? Right next to the zoo and above Bikini Berlin, a shopping mall. Though that sounds a bit strange, it’s actually really convenient. You can walk past the zoo, through the lovely park and down to Brandenburg Gate and the city centre in about 25 minutes, or easily hop on a train. 25hours is not slap bang in the centre of town, but it’s very easy to get to/ from.
What’s the style? Eclectic and slightly kitsch. Communal spaces have juxtaposed elements: naturalistic materials, neon lights, and vibrant pops of colour. It feels trendy, but also inviting and with really friendly, helpful staff.
What are the rooms like? Cool and comfortable. I love 25hours hotel because as a chain, they succeed in making their hotels inviting, trendy places to be, whilst mastering the basics: a comfy bed and great shower. A good hotel is nothing without those. Our room was relatively spacious, with big windows lighting in nice natural light, an open plan bathroom set up, minibar, desk, Pinterest-worthy copper headboard, and slick bedside lamps.
What’s it got? Rooftop bar and restaurant, coffee bar, bikes to hire, spa (that you have to pay extra for).
Food and drink? Breakfast at 25hours Bikini Berlin is brilliant. The buffet is served up on the top-floor restaurant so you get a great view, plus the spread is excellent. Mango lassi, shakshuka, and griesbrei (traditional German semolina pudding) were just a few of the highlights (alongside your regular breads, cheeses, fruit etc). We didn’t try the dinner, I don’t think you need to if you’ve already had your brekkie there.
What to do while you’re there? Cycle! Berlin is vast so borrow the bikes for €12 a day and see so much more than you would on foot. If zoos are your thing, Berlin Zoo is meant to be a good one, otherwise, make your way to Mitte neighbourhood for the best food and shops. Hit up the rooftop bar for a (£££) cocktail before heading into town to either eat or party. (Hotel guests luckily get a private lift up to it, as the public love the bar too and the queue is pretty mental).
When should you go? Whilst great in the summer, Berlin turns cold and bleak in the winter months. We got amazing weather early April, so for the best experience, I’d definitely say April – early October.
The damage? From £87 per night. Book 25hours Bikini Berlin on Design Hotels — my favourite website for ogling beautiful hotels.