berlin's bikini-haus is massive mixed-use complex built in the 1950s by german architects paul schwebes and hans schoszberger. an extensive redevelopment has given the elongated structure opposite the kaiser wilhelm memorial church, one of the city's iconic landmarks, a new lease on life. the new bikini-haus will be having a curated and edgy mix of stores, office space, entertainment and also a new hospitality formula. it's quite massive and will without doubt have a major impact on the surrounding neighbourhood once it's fully completed.
the first businesses are now actually opening up and one these is the 25hours hotel berlin bikini, the first property of the design hotel chain in the german capital. it occupies floors four to nine and features 149 rooms in six different categories. half of the rooms look out over the monkey and elephant enclosure of the berlin zoo, while the other half enjoy stunning city views. totally geared towards today's traveller with a penchant for cool design, the guestrooms not only look the part, they offer the modern comfort and amenities too, including free wi-fi internet access - it's actually available throughout the premises - and even free mini car and bike rental.
as for 25hours hotel berlin bikini's public spaces, a lot of effort has been made to create a series of facilities and settings that aren't simply appealing but add up to the hotel's happening vibe. there's an elaborate choice of in-house wining and dining. the monkey bar on the top floor is a good place to start the evening. killer cocktails are paired with great views and catchy dj beats. if the social action makes you feel a little famished, head down to burger de ville for a signature hamburger, or neni berlin for something more substantial. this diner up on the 10th floor serves tasty dishes from a wonderful mash-up of different cuisines in a wonderful setting.
oh, let's not forget about the fabulous outdoor terrace it has! woodfire bakery is an extension of sorts of the ground floor lobby, and as the name already implies, it serves freshly baked bread and pastries. but if you simply want to chill out by yourself or perhaps do some business, there's the multi-functional wohnzimmer lounge. divided into various sections, it boasts both comfy seating areas and so-called microhouses. these are cleverly created units - dare we say they look quite cool too? - intended for small meetings and conferences. location: budapesterstrasse 40 [tiergarten].