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 very pleasant five nights at the Ellington during a heat wave in August, 2019. The room itself was comfortable, with the usual amenities. The air conditioning worked well, and was an oasis when we returned from touring during the day (since air conditioning seems to be largely unknown in Germany!).
The bed, bathroom facilities and other amenities were all good. I could have used a larger room safe (for my camera equipment), but it would be perfectly adequate for most people storing a passport, money, jewelry or other small items.
The hotel itself is well located, just a block from KaDeWe and near a U-bahn station. While it happens to be a line that doesn't go straight into the heart of town, a train change (or two) rapidly gets you right into the heart of things.
Also, the Ellington isn't too expensive, so it represents a good value. I have no hesitation about recommending it to others.
Just love this place!
Great history to the building which has been beautifully restored into a modern hotel. Rooms are lovely, staff are very attentive, fab restaurant and one of the nicest bars I’ve been to, set in an open courtyard. Will definitely return.
We've just returned from a European vacation and the Ellington Hotel was definitely one we would recommend. The hotel itself is lovely. There is an outdoor courtyard, where you can have a drink or a meal, which was a great place to relax after a day of sight seeing. Our room was large, very comfortable and well appointed. The staff at the front desk were excellent, very accommodating and knowledgeable. We were meeting friends there and they gave us rooms together, without us even asking. The location is great for getting around as it is very close to several train/bus lines and the front desk can sell you a day pass. There were several good restaurants close by as well. As this hotel was built originally around 1930, it has seen a lot of history, but it has certainly kept up to the expectations of the modern traveller. The Ellington was recommended to us by friends who stayed there a couple of years ago and it certainly exceeded our expectations!