Ever wanted to strut your stuff on an emerald green carpet embroidered with leopards? Now’s your chance. The Hotel Zoo in Berlin offers just that as you walk through the hotel’s smart front doors on your way to reception. Not a bad first impression. And it’s one that just gets better as guests explore more of Hotel Zoo.
Playful and decadent in equal measure, the restoration of this early 20th century hotel has done justice to the building’s original features, from its brickwork to the sweeping high ceilings, as well as transforming it into something luxurious and modern. The Hotel Zoo has 130 rooms and 14 suites, all impeccably designed. The beds are comfortable, the furnishings often bespoke, the floors hardwood, and the amenities – like flat-screen TVs – top of the line. Bathrooms, meanwhile, feature April Aromatics and fluffy bathrobes and slippers by Maison Martin Margiela. It’s enough to make you want to snuggle up and stay in your room.
But that would be to miss out one of the most stunning parts of Hotel Zoo – the living room. Despite what its ‘name’ might suggest, this is not a living room like you’ve ever seen before. It has a seven-metre-high ceiling with handcrafted molding (that weighs around two tons) and a five-metre-long fireplace. And expanse aside, it’s stunning.
Continuing on your Zoo journey will bring you to the hotel’s other charming areas, from the rooftop terrace that offers 270-degree views of Berlin to the sumptuous velvety surrounds of Grace Bar and the adjoining open-air winter garden. As an added bonus, Hotel Zoo is located on Kurfürstendamm (known locally as Ku’damm), which puts guests within easy distance of some of the city’s best shopping and nightlife. It’s the best of all worlds.