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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
I spent a weekend at the Ellington in early October. Overall we had a great stay, and the hotel is decent but not exceptional in any way. Breakfast was good though. The showers are worth mentioning though; they are essentially in the middle of the room. Which may be ok if you're with close family, but maybe less so if you share a room with a friend/co-worker or something.
This hotel was nice to stay in. The rooms were clean and spacious. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. The building is quite modern in furnishings so if you are after cosy, maybe that's not so much the feel. The breakfast spread is amazing but you do pay for it at 20 EUR a day. But the buffet does then set you up for the rest of the day. The area feels quite safe and quiet at night.
It's not that centrally located but was an easy 30 min S bahn trip into town that only costs 2.80 EUR. The station was only a 5 min walk away.
Fyi The front is sometimes a bit hard to miss amongst the other shops on the street. All in all, a good hotel that I'd use again.
I stayed here for the Berlin Marathon. The hotel is great in terms of location as it has three U Bahn stations close by and it’s just a stone’s throw away from the shops and KadeWe. Checking in and out was efficient. Rooms were compact and clean. All you need in a room. Breakfast was also good. Overall not much to complain about.