|Address||Kurfürstendamm 25; 10719 Berlin
between Fasanenstrasse and Joachimsthaler Strasse
|Neighbourhood||Charlottenburg – Kurfürstendamm | See on map|
|S-Bahn/U-Bahn||Kurfürstendamm [U1, U9], Uhlandstrasse [U1]|
|Telephone||+49 30 884370|
|Price||From EUR 180|
Having made it through two world wars in one piece, the iconic Hotel Zoo has finally received some much needed TLC. As the official hotel of the Berlinale, it has hosted everyone from Marlene Dietrich to Sophia Loren. Now, after a full renovation by Dayna Lee and Ted Berner, it’s ready to reclaim its hotspot status among Berlin’s rich and famous.
The American design team has cleverly mixed original features with contemporary elements. Old steel beams and exposed brickwalls connect to the past; Tom Dixon wingchairs, Apple electronics and modern art work keep things current. It’s classic, never nostalgic, and coupled with high ceilings throughout, it manages to feel both swank and airy.
Common spaces are grandiose, and it’s tempting to spend the day slouched by the fireplace in the spectacular Living Room. Cocktails are served in the cosy Grace Bar while a former head chef from Grill Royal sets the menu in the elegant Restaurant Grace. The rooftop will open by summer – until then the Wintergarden will do nicely for elevenses.
In contrast to the public spaces, the 145 rooms are relatively small by Berlin standards. Although comfortable and well-equipped, superiors start at just 18 square meters; those planning to spend much time in should consider to go up a category, if not quite up to the 105 square meter Penthouse suite. All guests have access to a small 24-hour fitness room.
This is a great choice if you’re looking for a classy yet lively place and don’t mind being in the more bourgeois former West Berlin. For something more exclusive consider Das Stue, for more luxury the Waldorf Astoria. And for actual zoo views, 25 Hours Hotel Bikini. Yes, despite the name, Hotel Zoo is located a good ten-minute walk from the animals, though right on chichi shopping street Kurfürstendamm.