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Hotel Zoo, Berlin

Following an extensive 2-year renovation period, Hotel Zoo in Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm has finally reopened

February 03rd, 2015
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Hotel Zoo was once the pride of Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm. Yesterday it finally rose again following an extensive renovation process by American design team Dayna Lee and Ted Berner. 

The design team have revitalized this iconic venue by embracing its past glory while installing a firm and necessary sense of modernity. Hotel Zoo was built in 1889 and was used as a private residence. It first became a hotel in 1911.  

The Hotel used to be the official VIP hotel for the renowned Berlin International Film Festival from the 1950s through to the 1970s. Many well-known names walked down the hotel’s impressive catwalk, including Romy Schneider and Sophia Loren. The renovation work shows the buildings reincarnation to its heyday with the soaring ceilings restored and the original brick and steel work revealed.  

Hotel Zoo has also been reinvented to offer 145 rooms and suites, a Living Room lounge, rooftop terrace, winter garden and Grace Bar. The spacious rooms and suites are equally eccentric. Each room features bespoke furnishings and a bold Berliner spirit. Something that makes a stay in this hotel truly special experience.  

Luxurious fabrics and contemporary furniture are mixed with keepsakes from the past.  It is as if traces of the original family still remain in the hotel. Guest rooms include in-room accessories by Maison Martin Margiela, walnut wood cabinetry and rich hardwood floors. Of course today no hotel room is complete without all the latest advances in technology. The rooms also include LCD TVS with Apple TV, Nespresso coffee machines, rain showers and freestanding bathtubs! Berlin-based perfumer Tanja Bochnig has provided the April Aromatics bathroom amenities range that can be found in all rooms.  

Hotel Zoo’s famous red carpet has also received a makeover from none other than renowned designer Diane Von Fürstenberg. The carpet is now a beautiful emerald green and is 72-feet long.  

The Living Room at the heart of the hotel entices guests to linger and sit next to one of the impressive double-sided fireplaces. Often local up and coming DJs spin in the lively Grace Bar – the best place to mingle with Berlin’s creative collective.

Hotel Zoo is a must see for tourists wanting to experience an eclectic part of Berlin’s history and, if you have the funds, a must stay.  

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