We packed so much in to our short trip to Berlin that it was difficult to narrow it down to a top 5 things to do. We had a brilliant trip and it was even better because of our hotel. Now, we stayed in some incredible hotels last year but the luxurious Hotel Zoo Berlin is definitely high up on that list. It was a relatively affordable luxury too with a double room coming in at only £120 per night for a midweek stay.
Our first impressions of the Hotel Zoo Berlin were amazing. Walking into reception we were struck at how tastefully designed the hotel is. It’s cool, yet comfortable. Pretentious without ever feeling stuffy. That lack of stuffiness may in part be down to the staff, who were all incredibly friendly and spoke perfect English while politely swatting away my attempts at broken German.
The Hotel Zoo Berlin has a whole host of amenities including a gym and a rooftop bar although I confess that we didn’t make the most of them as we were so busy exploring the city. The hotel is in a great location to explore though. Situated on Ku’damm, the main shopping district of the former western half of Berlin, there are great transport links to the city centre and the airport right on your doorstep.
We only had one small criticism of the Hotel Zoo Berlin – the lifts! It is quite difficult to explain but as you walk into the lift you notice that the walls of the lift have been decorated with a mural of paparazzi. As the doors close, the flashes of the cameras go off and you are thrust into the spotlight. It’s a novelty the first time but on reflection a little bit tacky.
Our room at the Hotel Zoo Berlin was great. We stayed in a Superior Room which was luxurious and spacious with a large double bed and all the mod cons you would expect of a high end hotel. The room also had a Nespresso coffee machine which was perfect for an early morning coffee before a day exploring the city. The bathroom was equally impressive. I always tend to judge a hotel bathroom by the shower – it was excellent.
One aspect that we were very surprised about was how quiet the room was. Given the hotel’s location in the hubbub of Ku’damm we were expecting to hear some traffic. But we were instead treated to three very peaceful nights sleep – a luxury when you live in central London.
One downside of this Hotel is that breakfast is eye-wateringly expensive at £31 per person. Needless to say we headed out instead and there are so many nice spots near the hotel for a quiet breakfast. We tried two in particular that were only a short walk away from the hotel. Never Ending Love Story was my favourite, mostly because of the amazing french toast but we also visited Sets which was also very good.
Our favourite breakfast of the trip though was a bit further away from the hotel. Distrikt Coffee was recommended to me by a foodie at work and what a find it was. I had the Merguez Sausage Ragu and it was easily one of my favourite meals of the whole trip.
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