Originally built in 1891 as a private residence, the regal townhouse was converted to a hotel in 1911 and has since been redesigned by N.Y. and L.A. based interior designer Dayna Lee, opening its doors after two years of refurbishment in 2014.
Upon entering the hotel through the inconspicuous entrance from bustling Ku’damm boulevard, guests are drawn into the hotel by crouching leopards woven into the jade green Catwalk towards a floating reception desk of black glass and pressed flowers. From there, the space opens up into the heart and soul of the hotel, the Living Room. Seven-meter-high windows flood the room with natural light, illuminating the scene. With whimsy pulled from an Alice in Wonderland tale, a six-meter false door made of rich walnut wood is flanked by mirrors of equal proportions. Overhead on the ceiling, a two-ton molding of grand lilies erupts into a gigantic chandelier– the crowning fantastical piece that will sweep guests into another world.
GRACE Restaurant’s young and ambitious kitchen team picks up the casually elegant vibe of the restaurant by creating extravagant dishes with Asian-Californian and European influences, while the vibrant atmosphere of the GRACE Bar successfully revives the roaring 20ies, where today’s Gatsbys mingle and celebrate, sipping on champagne and extravagant cocktails.
The cherry on top of HOTEL ZOO BERLIN is the Rooftop, whose 270 degree panorama of the cityscape easily makes it one of Berlin’s most spectacular rooftop terraces. Beautiful teak wood loungers covered with plush pillows, comfortable poufs and a bar area complete the scene. A small waterfall, an open fireplace and a lush jungle-like wall of greenery behind the bar lets guests escape the buzz of the city.