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25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin, Germany
'Open for monkey business' jokes this wild and wonderful property with a winning location next to Berlin Zoo. Launched in 2014, it's a star act from fearless German brand 25hours Hotels who are masters at creating zestful adult playgrounds where good times are assured. Here the mood is 'jungle' with bar staff in leafy prints and huge butterflies fluttering over diners merrily tucking into falafels and babaganoush in NENI Berlin. Bedrooms in the ten-storey building are an engaging mix of colour-charged tiles, shelves and blankets matched with exposed concrete, hanging lights and whimsical portraits of happy-faced bees. While it's tempting to loll in the hammocks and vintage chairs, there's a surfeit of thrills outside from romantic walks in the Tiergarten to luxury shopping on Ku'damm.
You can see the animals in the zoo from some rooms and the restaurant, including lions, baboons, orangutans and giraffes.
Situated in the Charlottenburg district, this hotel overlooks Berlin Zoo and the Tiergarten.
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. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
This hotel suits travellers looking for something different, animal-lovers, foodies and party people, including groups. Families visiting the zoo can request an extra bed or connecting rooms. This a fun-loving hotel filled with thriving plants, fringed hammocks, stacks of vintage speakers and bedroom cushions that chirp 'let's spend the night together'.
Service & Facilities
The Jungle Sauna has a view of the zoo and a relaxation area with plants, patterned tiles and loungers.
- Free bikes
- Free Wi-Fi
Request a Jungle with a hammock (they don't all have one), then take a swing while listening to the squawks, squeals and roars of the animals. Rooms come with a boom box, a minibar with complimentary beer, water and chocolate, and use of a messenger bag.
Medium Urban, Medium Jungle, Large Urban, Large Jungle, Extra Large Urban
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bluetooth speaker, air conditioning, free minibar, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Breakfast at NENI Berlin is a lavish feast and has a sunrise terrace where you can watch the zoo waking up. There are yummy plant-based dishes such as a red lentil soup with coconut milk, spicy caramelised aubergine with ginger and a vine leaf cake filled with rice and herbs.
NENI Restaurant: light dining room, panoramic views. Mediterranean/persian cuisine. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Set menu from €41.