There’s just something about the air up here. Not to mention the summer cocktails, breezy tunes and careless mindset – nothing quite says summer in the city like a new chill-out lounge on high. Boasting the best views of the West Berlin skyline, Hotel Zoo Berlin’s new rooftop terrace is the city’s alternate universe in which everyday life is quickly forgotten.
Opened June 15, Berlin’s hottest new rooftop bar sets stylish lounge furniture and fire pits amid the lush greenery of bamboo, grass, and wisteria. The stunning open-air space carries the design stamp of interior designer Dayna Lee of New York and LA-based design studio Powerstrip Studio, who are also responsible for the stately townhouse look that permeates the hotel’s 144 rooms and suites. Throw in live DJ sets and a formidable cocktail list, and Hotel Zoo Berlin has summer in the city all sewn up.
Since its grand re-opening at the end of 2014, Hotel Zoo Berlin’s Grace Bar & Restaurant has established the hotel as a major player in the capital’s hospitality scene – a reputation further cemented by the launch of the rooftop bar.
Once at the top, the 100-cover lounge and bar area is dotted with teakwood loungers and ottomans accented by stone-gray cushions, set around low-slung tables and cozy soft furnishings in muted shades of subtle violet. A vibrant water feature, collection of lanterns, and spectacular open fireplace create an elegantly-appointed space above the red rooftops of West Berlin, while the verdant vertical garden behind the bar and clusters of foliage create a perfect urban oasis. The oversized letters of the Hotel Zoo logo – which can also be seen from the famous Kurfürstendamm below – add a sprinkle of old-time Hollywood glamor.
Sundowners are an art form at the rooftop bar, accompanied by 270 degree panoramic views of the cityscape and, as the terrace faces southwest, the vista also includes spectacular sunsets. Surrounded by wrap-around glass to protect against the wind, the terrace’s awning and sun umbrellas provide welcome shade in the height of the day, and heaters and soft throws ensure the good times continue through the cool summer evenings. Throughout the season, special events will see delectable BBQs set to the soundtrack of some of the city’s top DJs.
“With the new Hotel Zoo we have already brought up an outstanding location among Berlin’s choice of fantastic venues. The rooftop terrace adds another dream destination to the hotel’s allure.” says Manfred Weingärtner, who took over the hotel in 2005 with his partner Robert Hübner. Since its re-launch in 2014, after a two-year renovation, the hotel has become one of Berlin’s hottest locations and a favored haunt of the fashion, film, and media set.