Ellington Hotel Berlin
What We Love
- The location in the shopping district of Kurfürstendamm
- Communal areas have Old World atmosphere — especially the original lobby and staircase
- Black-and-white photos of jazz greats, all taken at the hotel
- Free late checkout on Sundays, a nice perk in this party city
- Cleverly designed open-plan bathrooms make the most of the space
What To Know
- There’s no pool or spa, but the well-equipped gym was recently renovated (and there are personal training and massage options)
- Although it’s called a business hotel, the Ellington also caters to couples and families
- Rooms overlooking the street can be a little noisy
- Breakfast is an extra $24 per person
- WiFi is available for an extra $16 per day
- As of July 1st a five percent city tax per person, per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In the heart of Berlin’s vibrant central district, just steps from the shopping metropolis of Kurfürstendamm, the Ellington Hotel was named for jazz master Duke Ellington who played here during the building’s former life as a club in the 1920s. After a few face-lifts, the hotel has been restored to its original grandeur, with an Art Deco façade and impressive travertine and brass-framed windows. Interiors are modern, with bright white spaces and clean lines, but the hotel is continually nodding to its history with plenty of black-and-white photos of jazz greats dotting the long corridors.
Bed and Bath
Minimalistic white bedrooms show a very German (read: pragmatic) attitude toward design (room numbers are even sewn into the carpets to save wall space). Standard room sizes are on the small side (starting at a snug 172 square feet), but space is used ingeniously, and each room has an integrated open-plan bathroom, a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, WiFi access and a minibar. Tower Suites are more spacious (at least 538 square feet) and offer stunning views of the Berlin skyline.
As popular with Berliners as it is with hotel guests, the Duke restaurant and bar serves a sumptuous seasonal menu (order the bouillabaisse if it’s available) and features a 500-bottle wine list. In lieu of dessert, head to the atmospheric smoking lounge to relax with a cognac and a cigar to the tunes of the jazz legends who once played there. Or duck out onto the surprisingly quiet courtyard terrace, which is home to the odd summer jazz concert and a DJ booth.
How to Get There
We stayed here for the weekend as we had arranged to see a concert in Berlin. We didn’t eat or drink on site but the bar looked so fun, sadly we didn’t have time!
The bedrooms were absolutely spankingly clean, sheets were crisp, room was immaculate! The shower was beautiful and I even loved the way they use shadows to label each room with its room number!
You can tell it has such a theatre feel, it felt like it had lots of history!
Only down side was our double bed (which was 2 singles) kept sliding apart meaning romantic snuggles were not on the agenda!
Best location ever, Ellington Hotel Berlin is an acquired taste in all the concept, plenty of history, design I love this hotel in all the ways.
The terrace is amazing, the breakfast is a little expensive but delicious and love the high ceilings. Please improve the speed of the internet.
A breathtaking building, excellent staff, polite and multi-lingual, clean rooms. On the down side: The standard rooms are tiny and the price of €2.80 for a bottle of water is ridiculous. Especially when other hotels offer in-room coffee and water for free. The internet is also on the slow side.
We booked a suite as the rooms seemed very small. The deco is pretty minimalistic, which is not per se bad but pretty cold. Our room was not functional....there is a small desk in a corner of the room but no light and no power plug, so what is the desk for ? there is 1 power plug on one side of the bed, that is the only plug except another one in the bathroom. Nowadays people want to charge their phones, laptops, iPads...
Also, there was a constant bad smell in the room, very chemical, I think it is the product they use when cleaning. Everything they offer is the bare minimum, nothing goes beyond it, liquid soap in the shower is fixed to the wall, no doors to your closet, no sofa but 2 small little chairs....
Breakfast was on the ground floor in the back in a large windowless room, food is not bad except the seating and the noise is like in a canteen in high school or the army...
The bar is nice, the courtyard is a nice plus (service is very slow), and the design of the hotel with it's jazz origin makes it different from most other hotels, but not the quality of the room...
I visited the hotel for a business travel and had 4 nights there. The hotel rooms are really bright and clean. And quite soundproof as well. In the hotel there is a outdoor serving in the mittle and that is really nice to have a beer or coffe for relaxing. Breakfast is quite wide with on the spot made omelet and eggs. Good selection in bread, fruit, etc as well. Location of the hotel is really great as well, close to ku damm, and restaurant area...great parking area as well behind the hotel with locked facilities. I can really recommend this hotel both for business and for family trip