If the name Bikini Berlin doesn’t give you a sense of this boutique hotel’s playful vibe, you’ll get it from the bicycles dangling from the ceiling at the entrance, the receptionists’ casually hip disheveled sweatshirts and the cheeky pillowcases that say “Let’s spend the night together.”
The fashionable Hamburg-based 25hours hotel chain opened this 10-story, 149-room property in January in a modernist 1950s building called Bikini-Haus because it comprised two sections. The structure was largely neglected for decades, but in recent years developers have been turning Bikini-Haus into a modern development, with shops and restaurants.
In affluent Charlottenburg, next to the Berlin Zoo and just west of historic Tiergarten park, a 520-acre expanse of greenery that was the hunting ground of kings in the 16th century, this hotel is close to many tourist attractions. A Berlin underground station is less than five minutes on foot, and major bus routes run in front of the hotel.
Tiled in black, the toilet cubicle and roomy shower could have felt like dungeons if not for the soft backlighting. Heated floors literally and figuratively warmed the setting. Toiletries by Hamburg-based Stop the Water While Using Me! smelled lovely and were made with natural ingredients.
Budapester Strasse 40, Berlin; 011-49-30-12-02-21-0; 25hours-hotels.com/en/bikini/home/home.html. Standard rooms start around $158.