The clash of history and modern age in Berlin
The Hotel Zoo Berlin, during the 1920s and 1950s the star of Berlinâ€™s boulevard KurfĂĽrstendamm, shines in new splendour.
Designer Dayna Lee (of NY and LA-based Powerstrip Studios), has reinvented Hotel Zoo without detracting from its historic character. With thoughtful attention to detail and the preservation of original building elements, Lee infused the space with New York flair and London townhouse elegance. Dayna Lee has embraced the buildingâ€™s past glory in her design. Built in 1891 as a private residence for an affluent family, the building was converted into an upscale hotel in 1911. In the 1950s it was the VIP hotel of the Berlin International Film Festival, accommodating many celebrities of the time.
The spacious rooms and suites, receive its special charm by the mostly original high ceilings, as well as designed and tailored by Dayna Lee furniture. The heart of the hotel is the seven meter high, fashionable Living Room, which is characterized by an extremely heavy handmade stucco ceiling, an oversized old front door industry and high windows. A five-meter-long fireplace gives the room a warm atmosphere. The exposed, over 120 years old brick walls let the story of the building back to life.
The 131 rooms and 14 suites housed in this over 120 year old building are all unique. Each has its own layout and character. Some feature open plan bathrooms, exposed brick or curved walls, and others have steps leading into the room. The Panorama Rooms offer views of either the KurfĂĽrstendamm boulevard or across Berlinâ€™s rooftops to the Theater des Westens.
The GRACE Restaurant compliments the HOTEL ZOO BERLIN with a unique design and a special â€žDining & Drinkingâ€ś concept. Designed by Dayna Lee (New York City, Los Angeles), the restaurant provides an atmospheric adventure that transports guests to another place. The pearlescent wood paneling and the open fireplace give a very special balance between Townhouse atmosphere and classic elegance. The atmospheric lighting concept of oversized, bird cage-like chandeliers invites you to linger.
The kitchen of the GRACE RESTAURANT takes on a new course. Traditional and exotic flavours are merged to create a special new flavour. The cuisine is characterized by modern culinary and aromatic impressions, offering a new taste experience.
Separated from the Living Room by the Winter Garden is the elegant Grace Bar. Inspired by the atmosphere of yesteryearâ€™s Hotel Zoo â€“ once the meeting point of legendary movie stars and intellectual elite â€“ cocktail classics from the 1920s through to the 1950s are served. The highlight is the lacquered wood bar in dark aubergine featuring an under-lit amethyst countertop. A curved, gold dusted brick wall conceals the former stairwell. Hotel guests and Berliners meet at Grace Bar for drinks, snacks and small plates.
The Winter Garden, enclosed by large scale industrial windows, is a central oasis which separates the Living Room from the Bar and Lounge. Guests enjoy candlelight, the cosy glow from the five-meter-long fireplace and the open sky above. The comfortable lounge is the ideal spot to meet for lunch, dinner or a cocktail.
The 200 sqm conference and event space features floor to ceiling windows and and an unobstructed view of the Neues Kranzler Eck. The flexible conference space can be divided into separate rooms and is equipped with state-of-the-art technology. A separate area is suited for receptions, coffee breaks, events, etc. The space also offers access to two balconies. Lunch can be arranged at Restaurant Grace.