Preview: 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin opening this january
By BERLIN LOVES YOU . January 17, 2014
The wild wild Berlin west is coming along really nicely in the past three years. With the opening of the 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin places like Michelberger and Soho House are getting nice alternatives in the vibrant zoo area. Is the west the new east?
Built in the 1950s by the architects Paul Schwebes and Hans Schoszberger, the so-called Bikini House was the architectural expression of a new attitude to life hallmarked by dynamism, freedom, optimism and consumerism. This architecture – twinned with the building’s unique location – also gives Bikini Berlin its identity for the future. With its 149 rooms, the 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin will form part of the building complex when it moves into the detached Kleines Hochhaus – the smaller of two high-rises – by the so- called Elephant Gate of Berlin Zoo. It is the young hotel group’s first property in the German capital. “We always wanted to open a hotel in Berlin,” says a delighted Christoph Hoffmann, CEO of 25hours. “Now we’ve found the best home we could imagine between the Memorial Church and Kurfürstendamm on the one hand and the green oasis of Tiergarten park and Berlin Zoo on the other.” The location and the architecture also inspired the interior design by Studio Aisslinger.
On the third floor, the loft-like foyer containing the hotel’s reception, kiosk, in-house bakery and numerous corners has a relaxed, communicative atmosphere. This storey also houses the three meeting rooms for up to 100 people. The ninth floor contains the Jungle Sauna with a dry sauna and rest area. Perched above everything else, the tenth storey is a lively marketplace. It boasts a breathtaking 360-degree view and plenty of other attractions morning, noon and night: the NENI Berlin restaurant serving eclectic East Mediterranean cuisine and the Monkey Bar with its fireside corner and spectacular rooftop terrace.
The fourth to ninth floors house 149 guest rooms in six different categories. All of the rooms are designed for people who don’t just want to get a taste of the capital when they are out and about – they want it to be reflected in their accommodation. The rooms boast all the standard 25hours features urban nomads love: ultra comfortable beds, air-conditioning, sustainable toiletries, a flat-screen TV, a minibar, an iPod docking station and free Wi-Fi. The corridors on the individual floors are conspicuously dark and mysterious with just the white neon room numbers providing guidance. References to Berlin’s club scene are no coincidence. After all, the Bikini building was home to the popular Linientreu for 26 years – almost certainly the last original 80s disco in City West. “The darker the hallway, the more surprising the mood when guests walk into their room,” says Werner Aisslinger.
Half of the rooms bear the name Jungle and overlook the ape house and elephant enclosure at Berlin Zoo. Natural materials and warm colours set the tone here, with wood playing a key role, e.g. for the flooring and furniture.
What more could you possibly want? Burger de Ville, of course! The cult burger van set up shop in front of the Bikini House on Hardenbergplatz in October 2012, heralding the hotel’s arrival. Now that the 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin has opened, the retro US-style silver Airstream has moved, becoming a prominent feature on the Bikini Berlin terraces instead.
NENI Berlin (tenth floor):
Breakfast: Mon.–Fri.: 6.30–10.30 a.m./Sat. and Sun.: 7.00–11.30 a.m.
Hot food: Sun.–Thurs.: 12.00 noon–11.00 p.m./Fri. and Sat.: 12.00 noon–12.00 midnight
Monkey Bar (tenth floor):
Sun.–Thurs.: 3.00 p.m.–1.00 a.m. Fri. and Sat.: 3.00 p.m.–2.00 a.m.
Bakery (third floor):
Mon.–Fri.: 6.30 a.m.–10.00 p.m. Sat. and Sun.: 7.00 a.m.–10.00 p.m.
Burger de Ville (Bikini Berlin terrace):
Mon.–Sat.: 10.00 a.m.–11.00 p.m.
25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin
Budapester Straße 40 10787 Berlin
T +49 30 26 36 95 94