Ellington Hotel – A restful sleep where the stars celebrated
Text: Jessica Holzhausen
Once a party hotspot where celebrities danced through the night, the Nürnberger Straße 50-55, centrally located between Kurfürstendamm, Zoo and the famous KaDeWe, now houses the elegant Ellington Hotel. The design hotel offers spacious and comfortable rooms, fine dining and many original architectural features.
During the 1920s and early 1930s, Berlin was in the grip of the jazz age, and where now the Ellington Hotel welcomes its guests, the ‘Femina’ ballroom, with table telephones and tube mail, attracted flappers and partygoers. The ballroom later became the ‘Badewanne’, Berlin’s most fashionable jazz club. In the 1970s, international stars like David Bowie, Iggy Pop or Barbara Streisand would party all night in the discotheque, then called ‘Dschungel’.
Today, the nights are quieter: the 285 light rooms and suites provide modern comfort for business visitors as well as holidaymakers and city explorers. As a special design feature, the en-suite bathrooms are integrated into the living space. The two tower suites offer unique views over the famous Kurfürstendamm and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.
The hotel was lovingly refurbished, but nonetheless, so much about it is still reminiscent of its glamorous history. Many original features have been retained in the interior, for example, the foyer with its high glass doors or the magnificent stone staircase. Ellington Hotel offers its guests a one of a kind combination of vintage and modern design elements, as well as a fantastic culinary experience – either in the sleek buffet restaurant or the Restaurant DUKE, where the head chef reinvents French haute cuisine with exciting new flavours.
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