Hotel Zoo, Berlin
We recently gave you our reasons to visit Berlin. One hotel in the German capital that encompasses the same ‘dare to be different’ ethos as the city it resides in is Hotel Zoo, and we think you should check it out.
Once the pride of Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm, Hotel Zoo has risen from the ashes following a two-year renovation by American design team Dayna Lee and Ted Berner. The result is an imaginative design with elegant public areas, glorious rooms and a lively bar.
Together, Dayna Lee and Ted Berner have revitalized the iconic venue by embracing its past glory while updating it with a large helping of modernity. The building has been a hotel since 1911, and between the 1950s and 70s, it was the official VIP hotel for the renowned Berlin International Film Festival. The building’s re-incarnation sees soaring ceilings restored and the original brick and steel work revealed. It looks eccentric, contemporary and just a bit nice.
Hotel Zoo has been reinvented to offer 145 rooms and suites, a Living Room lounge, rooftop terrace, winter garden and the Grace Bar.
The spacious rooms and suites (between 59-475 sq ft) are stunningly designed, featuring bespoke furnishings and bold Berliner spirit. All the rooms feature comfortable beds, as you would expect, with walnut and hardwood floors and furnishings. Nespresso coffee machines, Apple televisions, rain showers and old school dial telephones come as standard, but you’ll have to ask nicely before booking if you want a freestanding bathtub.
Probably one of the most impressive and striking new features in the hotel itself is an emerald green 22-metre, carpeted catwalk designed by none other than Diane von Fürstenberg that leads to the reception desk.
The lounge area, the Living Room, is filled imaginatively and elegantly, with large-scale paintings and mirrors, opulent carpets and Tom Dixon wingchairs. The fireplace, complete with Baxter leather club chairs, makes for some suitably elegant lounging.
Hotel Zoo has an expansive dining room which serves a buffet breakfast, and serves lunch and dinner organised by Ned Karamujic, former head chef of Berlin’s renowned Grill Royal steakhouse.
Its location is perfect for all with the city’s best-known and longest retail strip, Kurfürstendamm, on its doorstep and the Theatre des Westens, Käthe Kollwitz Museum and the U and S Bahns all close by for trips further afield. Due its location, and this being diverse Berlin, Hotel Zoo is suitable to everyone from young clubbers heading to Berghain to couples and middle-aged families.
Double rooms start from around £180, including breakfast, which looks well worth the price. Check out more at the Hotel Zoo website.