This stylish budget hotel is in a prime location off the bustling shopping boulevard Kurfürstendamm, and features a cinema theme throughout, with photographs of famous German actors decorating the lobby, rooms and the stylish rooftop bar. The modern rooms have flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, and a rainforest shower; the upper floors offer views of Tiergarten and the Berlin Zoo.
Though basic in design, with modern furnishings in muted gray colors, the rooms have comfortable beds, desks with USB ports and free Wi-Fi.
You can rent an iPad for free at reception.
The smallish granite bathrooms have rainforest showers and organic bath products.
Dotted with film props and black-and-white photos of celebrities, the movie-themed lounge has plenty of seating and even hosts the occasional screening.
The lavish buffet breakfast features organic and fair-trade products.
On the tenth floor is the gleaming One Lounge with chic leather Baxter swivel chairs and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer panoramic views of the Tiergarten, the Memorial Church and the zoo. There’s also a seasonal terrace. The gin selection here is particularly good.
The U- and S-Bahn Zoologischer Garten stop is a three-minute walk from the hotel.
Sample a range of trendy, affordable cuisine at the hip concept mall Bikini Berlin (6-minute walk), where you’ll find a variety of eateries and stalls serving Asian, Mediterranean and Latin American fare. For upscale dining, make a reservation at the Michelin-starred Hugo’s (15-minute walk), with four- to six-course seasonal tasting menus, along with panoramic city views from the 14th floor of the Intercontinental Berlin.
Set in the Bikini Berlin, Darwin’s Lab (6-minute walk) is an ideal spot for cocktails, especially in warm weather, thanks to its sprawling terrace. The aptly named Monkey Bar (8-minute walk), on the rooftop of the 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin, is a buzzy cocktail spot with a unique view of the monkey enclosure at the Berlin Zoo. If you fancy all-night drinking and dancing, head to The Pearl (2-minute walk), one of the city’s top clubs.
WHY WE LIKE IT
For stylish accommodation at budget prices, this clean, comfortable hotel is a great option. It’s got an unbeatable with a central location near the Berlin Zoo and Theater des Westens, plus a buzzy rooftop bar with great views.