The Ellington Hotel

This vast 1920s hotel in Charlottenberg sails like an ocean liner on a sea of history. In the Weimar Republic, it housed a nightclub, and when the area was US occupied, in 1949, The Ellington's Badewanne jazz club attracted Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington, after whom the restaurant and bar is named. By the 70s, there was a decadent disco-era nightclub like an hallucination of louche, dangerous Berlin- Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and Bowie lounged and smoked here. After a fallow period, the hotel re-emerged, re-designed around its original Art Deco features, and now hosts jazz concerts in its bar. Rooms are chic, neat and efficient, and the location is excellent- just yards from the shopping district of Charolttenberg and the iconic KaDaWe department store.

website & bookings Nurnberger Strasse 50-55, 10789 Berlin 030 683150 Augsberger

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