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The 25 Hours Hotel at Bikini Berlin is quite possibly the perfect place to stay when you’re in the city. I have to admit, I’m not the biggest fan of Berlin. It’s big, it feels cold and the people are not always so nice. When I decided to attend Berlin Fashion Week, I knew I needed to find a warm, fun, inspiring place to stay in order to change my perception.

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This hotel was the perfect choice. 25 Hours is a European based hotel chain with eight hotels in cities like Frankfurt, Hamburg and Vienna. I’d visited the Hamburg location while studying with the Do School, so when my roomie at the time and amazing friend Aryln recommended it I had to check it out. She knows the way to my sustainability and impeccable design loving heart.

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The hotel is inside Bikini Berlin, a really awesome concept mall/complex next to Berlin’s Zoo. “It’s an oasis in the heart of the city, an urban hub and social universe.” The hotel keeps the zoo/jungle theme and executes it perfectly. I really love the greenery, concrete walls and neon signs.

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If you’re feeling hungry you can pop on down to the bakery and grab yourself something to eat, browse some sustainable products at the kiosk or just veg out in one of their awesome hammocks. There is plenty of space to stretch out with floor to ceiling views of the zoo and city all the way around.

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I loved my room. I had a great view of the snow covered zoo and I LOVE the open showers. It was thrilled that the rooms were stocked with Stop the Water While Using Me products. I’ve been hoping to get them in the Green Store so it was nice to have a chance to try them out. IMG_7908

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I loved this creative living lobby on the ground floor to welcome you to the hotel.
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Bikini Berlin has lots of cool concept stores and cafes where you can grab an organic juice or a bite to eat. It’s also a great place to chill, read and people watch for awhile. They really nailed in when it comes to designing a creative place.

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I really loved this place, Funk You. I like the pop-uo box idea and the seamless design. It definitely gave me some inspiration for future projects. (photo credit: Bikini Berlin)

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But you don’t have to leave the hotel to get a good meal. The rooftop restaurant not only features a panaromic view of the zoo and city but a delicious menu of Mediterranean Foods And if you want a drink you can pop right over to the Monkey Bar. People wait hours to get into this place, but hotel guests can head up whenever they want. IMG_7912 2

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Oh, did I mention the best part? On the ninth floor there is a sauna. This was the perfect place to warm my cold, tired and achy bones from traveling. Afterwards, I had the hottest of steamy showers and dived head first into my comfy bed. It was probably one of the best sleeps I’ve ever had in my life. bikini berlin

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If you’re looking for the perfect place for a short stay in Amsterdam, look no further than the Sir Adam Hotel. One of the newest members of the Design Hotels family, Sir Adam is an urban nomad’s dream. Located just north of Amsterdam Centraal, Sir Adam is just a short (free) ferry ride away.

Situated right next door to the iconic Eye Film Museum, Sir Adam is housed in the iconic A’DAM Tower, built in 1971 on the Amsterdam IJ-river waterfront. Sir Adam offers 108 guestrooms with stunning views of the historic city and is in close vicinity to many of the city’s hippest movers and shakers.

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A hotel designed around the love of music, Sir Adam is all about tapping into your inner rockstar. The hotel’s neighbors within the building include the internationally renowned guitar manufacturer Gibson, several music and entertainment companies and a medley of young creative companies with a passion for music.

At the top of the tower lives Madam, Amsterdam’s highest nightclub. The Tower is also home to a mix of shops, cafés, offices, a revolving rooftop restaurant, the LOOKOUT observation deck, the subterranean nightclub Shelter, and a rooftop swing that sends adventurers flying above the water below.

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ICRAVE, the renowned New York-based design studio, is responsible for Sir Adam’s rooms and a “living lobby” called The Butcher Social Club, a full-service concept open 24/7. And in keeping with Sir Adam’s music focus, its mezzanine also includes a “music library” with carefully curated tracks. It’s the perfect, stylishly artful home base from which guests can embark on their own journey into the creative heart of Amsterdam.

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My favorite part of the lobby is this AMAZING living wall with neon sign. It definitely gave me a bit of #inspo for the Green Store this summer.

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I was greeted at reception by a handsome young fella who asked me if I’d like to have a celebratory glass of Prosecco to get my stay off on the right foot. Of course my answer was overwhelmingly YES.

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After a seamless check-in, front desk cutie personally escorted me to my room – not before getting me hip to all of the fun and high-techy features that the hotel boasts. He also informed me of how with keep the music theme, each elevator is dedicated to a specific genre of music. My favorite so far is Disco. Yeah baby!

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Additionally, each room is equipped with it’s own old school inspired Crosley record player with a customized selection of records. But don’t worry, if you’ve had enough of those – you can always head down to the lobby to grab others. And, if you still haven’t satisfied your music fix, you can always call reception to have a Gibson Guitar or an Armin van Buuren M1X-DJ set sent to your room. It’s Lit.

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Sir Adam’s rooms are so cozy/comfy or as the Dutch would say “gezellig” that it kinda makes it hard to leave all. he Sir Deluxe rooms offer a superb view of the unique Amsterdam surroundings and are flooded with natural daylight from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Additional pampering deluxe features are the SIR signature bathrobes, comfortable slippers, and complimentary water.

Plus, you will get all the extra SIR hotels family standards that will serve your every need, like the SIR’s signature bedding collection, smooth 300 thread-count crispy cotton linen, 24-hours room service , oversized rain shower, DEAD CLEAN bathroom and spa body amenities, big fluffy pillows and a pillow menu.

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And, if you’re like me and find yourself exhausted from a long day of traveling or overall Amsterdamage, you can order room service directly from The Butcher Social Club and get it brought up to your room.

 

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There’s no need to head down to the bar, when you have a bar in the room. Treat yourself to a nightcap of traditional Dutch Kopstootje, Amsterdam brewed Heineken and a shot of Jenever. The perfect way to end a perfect day.

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My new suitcase arrived today just in time for my trip to Europe and I couldn’t be more in love. The brainchild of two Warby Parker alums (both women might I add..) Away is on a mission to reimagine the travel experience. And, the first stop on that journey is designing the perfect suitcase.

Developed from hundreds of travel stories and designed for the way people actually travel, Away doesn’t make “smart” luggage, they make thoughtful luggage—featuring unbreakable shells, interior compartments, and built-in USB chargers—using the best materials in the world. The result is luggage that is beautiful, functional and minimal. It’s luggage that helps you find your way by staying out of it.

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So what makes this suitcase so dope? Well for one, I’m in love with the minimal design. I chose the stark matte “snow” white limited edition color inspired by winter in the city. Lucky for me the matte textured surface deflects scruffs and scrapes along the way. And a handy note inside the bag reassures that most stains can be cleaned with some simple warm water and soap.

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Photo Credit: Away

I also love that the bag has a TSA approved lock built-in to prevent anyone from getting in your bag except for you. It’s a great way to lock up your valuables without using the hotel safe. The bag also features two compartments inside to help you stay organized while you pack. The bigger carry-on is perfect for those who like me, insist on packing a few extra outfits.

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Photo Credit: Away

This little suitcase packs a lot of stufffffffff. packedMy favorite part is that the suitcase has a USB charger built in! That means no more fighting for the lone outlet at the airport or running out of juice on your cell right before you have to call an uber. You can charge up while you’re on the go.

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I can’t wait to start packing and take my suitcase on the road. Be sure to watch this space to follow my adventures in Amsterdam and Berlin!

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