The Ellington’s position on Nürnberger Straße puts it close to West Berlin's main thoroughfare, the Kurfürstendamm (or Ku'Damm). It's not far from many of its main hotspots, such as the KaDeWe department store and the [node:169225].
Some of the standard rooms can be on the small side, and some have sub-standard views so it's worth asking to see a couple, or simply requesting a larger one. The rooms generally enjoy high ceilings though, and the slick white walls help generate a feeling of spaciousness. Those who enjoy in-room hospitality might be disappointed as the general aesthetic is minimal - no expansive bathroom products or fluffy dressing gowns and slippers here, though the rooms are certainly functional enough with high-speed internet access, TV and minibar. Those seeking larger rooms can ask for a suite, which begin at 30 square metres. Family and executive rooms are also available.
The courtyard and terrace are truly lovely places to chill out or enjoy a drink on a balmy summer evenings, while the bar is both comfortable and refined with art on the walls and chesterfields to recline in.
Eating and drinking
The minimally designed hotel restaurant serves Mediterranean and Asian-inspired dishes with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant also doubles up as a jazz venue, with special jazz brunches on Sundays that pay tribute to the building’s previous incarnation as a jazz club.
The Ellington has an onsite fitness centre, which offers special rates for personal trainers, as well as massage services.
Service is generally very friendly and helpful, with good levels of English spoken.
Who stays there
The location makes it good for shopaholics. Jazz and Art Deco fans will definitely get a kick, as will romantics and design hotel fans.
Breakfast costs an extra 19 euros.
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Interesting history
- Good location
- Great combination of Art Deco and contemporary decor
- Rooms can be small and lack storage space