The 25 Hours Bikini Berlin Hotel recently opened, and it's designed to be one of the trendiest places in Germany. So far, it is getting rave reviews and really making headlines, but there is a serious design flaw with the Monkey Bar Restaurant inside the hotel. As Fox News reported on July 30, 2014, there are floor-to-ceiling windows in the entire restaurant and that includes the bathrooms as well.
Apparently, the architects didn't think the floorplan through too much as the toilets are placed literally next to the giant picture windows. Anyone that passes by on the streets can look up and see that you are doing your business.
Mind you, the Bikini Berlin Hotel is just 10 stories high so there isn't a lot of room to get far enough away so that no-one can see you.
The Metro reported that the hotel is located very close to the Berlin Zoo, and it's designed with "the contrasts of nature and culture." Unfortunately, the windows started making for people being seen in their natural element.
One picture in particular started going viral and it was of a young woman sitting on the toilet thinking she was in privacy. Someone out on the street took a picture of her, posted it online, and the rest is history.
The Bikini Berlin Hotel didn't seem to mind that their guests could be seen at their most private times, but they did put up some notices. They read:
"Please be careful, not only the monkeys are watching."
Obviously, they know that it would cost an arm and a leg to redesign things at this point so they are just going with the next best thing. That's to offer up a warning to customers that they should use the facilities at their own risk.