The building itself, architect’s Erich Mendelsohn’s creation, came into existence between 1928 and 1931. Over the years it hosted The Berlin Ballroom, legendary clubs – Badewanne and Dschungel- , and finally, since 2007, the unique Hotel Ellington.
The name of the property is no coincidence. Legendary Duke Ellington used to perform here, amongst other stars like Louis Armstrong or Ella Fitzgerald, before the building was transformed into a gorgeous hotel. The list of stars goes on and on, since a couple of decades later David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Carlos Santana or Barbra Streisand partied here in the pre-Hotel Ellington era.
With its 285 rooms, it is anything but a big soulless accommodation provider. Maybe it’s the lasting atmosphere of the golden twenties, the omnipresent spirit of jazz, or simply the well-thought- through interiors. Either way, even the larger spaces feel cozy in this stylish property.
The outside of the building is just as fascinating as its interiors, since the 185 meter long façade is considered the longest one in Berlin. The guest rooms are very bright and spacious, done out mostly in calming white. The big windows let a lot of light inside and the rooms’ equipment is state-of- the-art. Also worth mentioning is the free basic Wi-Fi, which works great; there is also the possibility to upgrade to a higher speed at a reasonable rate if necessary. On top of all that, the incredibly comfortable beds guarantee a wonderful rest.
Breakfast at the Ellington hotel is a true treat. With a wide selection of bread, cakes, cereal, cold meat, spreads and anything else you could possibly imagine, there isn’t much else you could want.
After such great morning impressions it’s only natural that many guests return to dine in the hotel in the evening and visit the elegant yet laid back DUKE Restaurant. A great meal can be topped up with a drink at the sophisticated DUKE Bar & Lounge.
Other facilities include the ELLINGTON Smokers’ Lounge, a summer garden, several event rooms in different sizes, a walk-in wine cellar and a fitness area. The central location is a huge advantage. The hotel is steps away from Kurfürstendamm, Berlin’s main shopping artery, and only a five-minute walk from the nearest metro station. 50 parking spaces also await those guests, who would like to arrive by car.
When the weather plays along, Hotel Ellington continues the jazz traditions by organizing regular concerts in the summer garden. Doesn’t it sound like a great option for your summer trip to Berlin?
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