Hollywood stars like Sophia Loren or Rock Hudson used to stay here in the 60s, but after a massive renovation, Hotel Zoo today stands out as the new place to be on Berlins Kurfürstendamm.
In Berlin, you have to be careful with new designer lodgings and restaurants. Sometimes the logo and the angle of the spoons is more important for the operators than the basics such as warm water or functioning coffee machines. However, the new hotel Zoo passed our test with flying colours. Warm water pours from the shower every morning and the room service breakfast works according to the old Grand Hotel model – there’s a tray with well assorted delicacies, accompanied by a fresh rose and a large pot of coffee, which is kept warm for a further three hours. The only bad thing about the room service breakfast: you miss the “normal” breakfast, served in the faboulous “Grace” restaurant downstairs and it is beyond “normal”. For us, this menu with its juices and selections of Mueslis, is one of the best worldwide!
The most important thing about Hotel Zoo is: You feel very comfortable in this little sanctuary in the center of West-Berlin.
And despite the bold architecture of the American designer Dayna Lee, this place has very comfortable rooms. There is dark, clean parquet, the beds are large and made from the finest materials and in the evenings, the imposing high lobby is full of well dressed people, who even greet you in the lift.
Besides, the hotel has a lovely history in Berlin. Built in the year 1891, it’s been a hotel for more than 100 years. In the 50s and 60s, because of its location next to the movie theater “Filmpalast”, it became the lodgings of real Hollywood stars. Not only Gina Lollobrigida and Sophia Loren slept within these old walls. In 2005, two real estate developers bought the building and spent the last four years having it extensively renovated at great expense.
All Berlin visitors, who want to overnight in the west or have appointments, which can be theoretically moved directly to this hotel: there is a chic restaurant in the basement (“The Grace”) and a cool bar (now and again with a DJ, therefore be careful when choosing a room at the weekend – the higher, the better).
The towels and bathrobes were designed by famous Maison Martin Margiela, Paris.
The Hotel Zoo is located directly on the Kurfürstendamm, in the western area of Berlin, right next to the equally imposing Apple-Store. Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/xQe2S
Double rooms from 180 euros, suites from 400 euros.
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