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Ellington Hotel Berlin

Berlin, Germany

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Hotel Report

Why Stay At Ellington Hotel Berlin

Built in 1928, this Art Deco hotel around the corner from Berlin's popular KaDeWe department store still retains touches from its 1930's jazz-era past, including its name.

The Scoop

Originally constructed to house the Femina Palast jazz club in the late 1920's, the Ellington Hotel Berlin remains a city-center landmark. Each of the hotel's 285 rooms features contemporary design: all-white linens and blank walls complement wood-slat headboards, geometric furniture, and brass-framed windows. While floor plans are spacious (by European standards), guests are more likely to spend time in the hotel lounge—a chic bar with classic cocktails—or Duke Restaurant, a converted bank vault in the hotel's basement. The biggest trump card of Ellington Hotel Berlin, however, is its Schöneberg neighborhood location, less than two miles from the city's main artery, Ku'damm, and the 520-acre Tiergarten.

Insider Tips

The hotel's storied musical past spans eras: as the original home of the club Badewanne (Bathtub), it played host to Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald; in the 1970's, it was the site of the legendary nightclub Dschungel (Jungle), where the likes of Barbra Streisand, David Bowie, and Iggy Pop partied till dawn.

To eat breakfast like a local, walk around the corner to the Leysieffer Café for tea, coffee, and mini stollen.

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Berlin Tegel International Airport (TXL) which is approximately 7 miles from the hotel. Anticipate between 15 and 30 minutes of travel time depending on traffic.

Nürnberger Straße 50-55, Berlin, Berlin-Brandenburg,

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Downtown Location
  • Sightseeing nearby
  • Fitness Center
  • Spa Services
  • Hotel Shops
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
In-Room Amenities
  • Open Floor Plans
  • En-Suite Bathrooms
  • Satellite TV
  • Wi-Fi Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heaters
  • Mini Bars
  • Hair Dryers
  • Luxury Bath Amenities
Dining & Nightlife
  • Bar + Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • In-Room Dining
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Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Berlin

A seamless blend of old and new, the German capital is filled with a mix of historical sites as well as modern shops, cafés, and galleries. Travelers can explore medieval architecture in Hohenzollern Castle, browse avant-garde fashions at Voo and Soto, and wander through vast museums such as the Deutsches Historisches Museum in a single day.

Don't Miss

Outdoor Excursion: Take a free, 3.5-hour walking tour of Berlin with Sandeman's New Berlin Tours. See the Brandenburg Gate, the remnants of the Berlin Wall, and the Reichstag. Visitors view the architecture and learn about the history of each site. Other tours include a trip to the Sachsenhausen Memorial and the Alternative tour of East Berlin. Starting point is at the Brandenburg Gate at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. daily.
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Day Trip: Potsdam, just south of Berlin, is a short S-Bahn ride away. This older city has many historic sites including Park Sanssouci, the Alter Market in the historic city center, the Russian Colony, the Film Museum, and more. The Dutch quarter has more than 70 different antique shops.
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Where to Eat: Jolesch, in the trendy Kreuzberg district, serves Austrian cuisine in an opulent space (ornate chandeliers, oil paintings, and wood paneling throughout). Don't miss the apple-glazed pork schnitzel, best paired with a 2009 Syrah from the Josef Gager Winery.
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Dinner for two $90.

Where to Drink: For an authentic taste of Berlin, head to Das Hotel, a charmingly run-down bar in the Kreuzberg district. Pillar candles, pianos that double as tables, and a mix of local artists, students, and travelers make for an eclectic vibe.
26a Mariannenstrasse, Kreuzberg.
49-0-30-8411-8433
Cocktails for two $16.

Vibrant history in Germany's capital.

Vibrant history in Germany's capital.

Why Go Now

May 17-20, 2013
Carnival of Cultures Berlin
During this four-day festival, 5,200 professional and amateur artists perform side-by-side in the streets to celebrate cultural diversity.
Throughout Berlin.

June 2 through July 7, 2013
Open Air Gallery
This annual art festival turns a bridge into an art gallery encouraging exchange between artist and viewer. Over 100 days, painters, sculptors and photographers present their works.
Oberbaumbrücke, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg.
Free.

6 + 7 September, 2013
Berlin Festival
Two-day music festival with a stellar line-up of acts.
Flughafen Tempelhof.

Ellington Hotel Berlin

Berlin, Germany

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