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
We booked this place because of all the Jazz history and location. Interesting building when you arrive with a nice restaurant and cigar lounge visible from the street.. Small check in desk. Room we were allocated as tiny with tiny toilet with no hand washing facility and separate tiny shower. You get the message its all "tiny". We asked to be move to another room and chose an accessible room which was a good size. No tea/coffee making, no style in the room. Restaurant very expensive. Good location so plenty of choice near by. this is primarily a business/conference hotel and not really for luxury or leisure.
Woke up early in the morning with a demolition going on next door all the reception staff could say about it was "yes its been months".
We loved this hotel, a former jazz hall it has that 1920's vibe with a modern twist. The rooms are quirky and well layed out, the service is great and the bar and outdoor area are lovely. The hotel is near Ku'Damm and not far from zoologicher garten u and s bahn so ideal for seeing the city.
Will definitely visit again.
I came here with my wife over the weekend of 22 / 23 June. Prior to our arrival I had called early the week before to book a table for 2. Was told that it was fully booked, but within 1/2 an hour I was called back by Duke’s Manageress with the table confirmed.
The Sunday Brunch is TOP, it’s quite famous in Berlin and the concept & quality as you might expect in 5* hotels in Asia.
At Duke, you have a live jazz performance from 12:00 to 3:00 PM, Greg and Vladimir were really very good and entertaining.
The very fine food is accompanied by free-flow of a beautiful cremant Champagne, and the waitstaff and Manager are courteous and highly professional. Our thanks go to Miss Nitschke and Düwal. Always on hand and you notice that they are all over the place to assure perfect service. The junior staff also assured that tables are kept neat and buffet is fully stocked without interruption.
Marvellous!!! Thanks a lot guys!!!
When you get a chance for Sunday Brunch in Berlin, make sure to book well ahead. It’s a great historical place where Duke Ellington played in what was then called the Jungle Bar before WW2. It’s now a clean cut and warm dining room, plus an awesome inner open air terrace. Lastly, check out the wine cellar with the authentic bank vault door - amazing