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 picked this for our weekend break and it was reasonably priced. It’s location is suited for bus and train. From the airport use TXL and disembark at the Zoo station it’s a short walk from there. It was small but spotless and the facilities in the hotel were fab. Breakfast was €20 pp I think that’s too much plenty places close by do it for €7-10 pp and it was well presented and sufficient. We walked with ease to Mitte for the main attractions but you could hop on the city bus in the Main Street a hop skip and a jump from the hotel. The sun garden inside courtyard is stylish and comfortable as well as a sun spot. But getting served there was hard. Good choice for us we were hardly in it as so much to see and do. Very peaceful at night to allow you to recharge your batteries.
Hotel rooms are basic yet comfortable. Food at the restaurant was ok for lunch, breakfast was dreadful (slow service, food quality was poor - I was served raw bacon!). Hotel overall is ok, didn’t really meet my expectations.
I definitely had a great time there, the best breakfast and a lovely restaurant made everything be even better. Also super clean and very good located. I stayed for 3 nights, the bed was the most comfortable and cozy ever cause they have technogel mattress, it made a huge difference. I highly recommend and for sure I’ll be back.
I stayed at the Ellington for four nights over Easter and really can't fault it. Check-in was quick and efficient, the room was clean and tidy. Everything worked and the location of the hotel was very convenient. It was great value as well, although I did book well in advance.
Clean, good high standard room, modern twist character... all white in room... fresh towels every days and bed sheet... will upgrade the room on next visit for more space in the room, well spotted and few mins to walk to zoogarten station for ICE to Schönefeld airport and is in shopping area and few mins walk to gay area Schöneberg