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
Stayed at this nice hotel 3 night’s with wife and some friends. Very friendly staff. Clean rooms. Nice and cosy bar for coffe and drinks. The location is very good for shopping and it is easy to go to other parts of the City.
This time I was travelling with Mom. Again, all the staff was super nice and helpful. Clean, quiet. Great breakfast. 24/7 gym with water, fruits and towels. Incredible DUKE restaurant for dinner; I had a delicious poached beef fillet/Pochiertes Rinderfilet. --We were quite unlucky with the weather so we spent most the time we had in Berlin doing shopping. KaDeWe is only 3 minutes away!!! The hotel's location is so central and so convenient for public transportation, too. You get to Tegel Airport in less than 30 minutes, and the main train station is only 6 minute walk and 3 S-Bahn stops away. 100% recommeded!
Room was small bright and basic.Bring your own toiletries and kettle as there's no tea making facilities. No major complaints,location was good. Hop on hop off buses and great shops all within 2 mins walk. The Irish pub in the Europa Center is worth a visit. There's live bands on every night. Great spot. Overall we had a great trip and would use this hotel again but would book the superior room.
Stayed at the Ellington for 5 nights over new year with friends, booked at standard room by myself. Room was very small and no private bathroom facilities, so if sharing with friends you would need to be comfortable with being naked in front of them. Room was reasonably clean toilet was dirty not a good sign for a 5 star hotel. The bar area was nice to sit and relax with a drink or coffee unfortunately very expensive.
Rooms are a little small but perfect for a couple. Nice location. Bar downstairs is very nice. Took a very long time for our drinks to arrive to our table but the atmosphere was very nice. Live Jazz music. Very close to good restaurants and bars and shops. Getting into the city is very easy with the bus/tram (u&s). Would stay again.