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25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin, Germany
This lively West Berlin base offers plenty to enjoy, from whackily-designed rooms overlooking the city zoo to a 10th floor jungle-themed bar and a hip restaurant serving scrumptious eastern Mediterranean fare.
Rooms available from £116.84 per night
You're in a ten-storey block beside Bikini Berlin shopping mall, Berlin Zoo and Aquarium, with Tiergarten park beyond.
Nearby is Kaiser-Wihelm-Gedächtniskirche, a restored church which was ruined during the Second World War.
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.
CHARACTER & STYLE
The style is quirky, from the battered grey Morris Traveller parked in the entrance hall to the immersive lifts that screen video. Room numbers are in green neon and corridors are warren-like.
The third floor is a large, inviting work/play zone with hammocks, pinball and iMac stations. The Jungle Sauna has a relaxation area with plants and loungers, and a view of the zoo.
- Free bikes
- Free Wi-Fi
Bedrooms are either Jungle or Urban - the former overlook the zoo and are more expensive, and come with complimentary bike hire. Bathrooms are open plan (there's a grey curtain for privacy) and beds have two single duvets. Bathrooms have 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 & DRINK
NENI restaurants serve balagan cuisine (Hebrew for 'joyful shambles'), celebrating the flavours of the eastern Mediterranean. This Berlin outpost is a shining example made even better with its panoramic views, breezy décor and a Butterfly Corner. The Monkey Bar attracts 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.