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Hotel Review: 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin
Funky bedrooms with a view into Berlin Zoo are the highlight in this spirited high-rise hotel at the south west corner of the Tiergarten. At weekends locals and visitors flock to its top floor to sip creative cocktails in the buzzing Monkey Bar and scoff yummy plant-based dishes at NENI.
Rooms available from £117.07 per night
The hotel is in a ten-storey block next to Bikini Berlin shopping mall and its upscale stores. It's also next to Berlin Zoo and Aquarium, with the vast Tiergarten park beyond. Kaiser-Wihelm-Gedächtniskirche, a towering church ruined in the war then restored, is close by and one of Berlin's top sights.
By plane: direct flights to Berlin Brandenburg from London (1 hour 40 minutes), Manchester (1 hour 55 minutes) and Edinburgh (2 hours 5 minutes). It's a 30-minute drive to the hotel. Parking costs €16 per day. Book flights to Berlin.
THE LOOK AND FEEL
A battered grey Morris Traveller parked in the entrance hall makes it clear that this is no cookie-cutter hotel. Get ready for immersive lifts screening video, tunnel-like corridors with room numbers in green neon, excellent beats and a chatty humour - the Wi-Fi log-in, for example, is '25hourslovesyou'.
The third floor is a large and inviting work/play space with hammocks, pinball, vintage furniture and iMac stations.
- Free bikes
- Free Wi-Fi
BED AND BATH
Bedrooms are either Urban or Jungle - the latter overlook the zoo and are more pricey - and include the use of a high spec bike. Beds have two single duvets, bathrooms are open-plan with a grey curtain for privacy and Stop the Water natural toiletries from Germany.
Room types: Medium Urban, Medium Jungle, Large Urban, Large Jungle, Extra Large Urban
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bluetooth speaker, air conditioning, free minibar, free Wi-Fi
FOOD AND DRINK
NENI restaurants specialise in balagan cuisine (Hebrew for 'joyful shambles'), relishing the flavours of the eastern Mediterranean. This tenth floor Berlin outpost is a star example with the bonus of panoramic views and a breezy décor of blond wood, industrial fittings and a Butterfly Corner. The Monkey Bar pulls in the hipsters and has a DJ at weekends.
NENI Restaurant: light dining room, panoramic views. Mediterranean/persian cuisine. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Set menu from €41.