I stayed in Berlin for a couple of days in August and immediately I thought to look for a place to stay within the City West area, away from the tourist nightlife hotspots in Kreuzberg, Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte.
The Ellington is situated in Nürnberger Straße which is a not very loud sideroad from Kurfürstendamm. The old City West shopping area (KaDeWe, Kurfürstendamm) is about 5 walking minutes away, Zoologischer Garten Station 15 walking minutes. However as soon as you're enetring Nürnberger Straße all the quirkiness of that part stays behind you and therefore a good night sleep is guaranteed.
I stayed in the 1st floor Suite, which was approximately twice the usual room size. That said I can't really say the room was extensively large, double bed, sitting area and a shower and bathroom integrated into the room (only the toilet is in an extra room). Two people will not feel cramped in the Suite, but I think the standard rooms may feel a little bit small.
However there is plenty of things to do in erlin and people who spend their whole trip on their Hotel room probably should have chosen another, cheaper option. Nearby Wittenbergplatz and Bahnhof Zoo are local and regional traffic hubs and offer onnetions to every part of the city, so definately plus points for those looking forward to explore the city and its nightlife.
I as however not too happy about the reception staff (which didn't exactly make me feel overly welcome, given I just booked the 3rd most expensive room I would have expected more enthusiasm), and one of the highlights (appearanty, according to the webpage), the Cigar and Wine bar, was closed during my whole stay so I cannot say anything about that. The inner courtyard bar though was a nice place to stay and has a fairly good selection of drinks and snacks.
The Hotel is worth a look for those looking for a rather individual place but are used to 3 or 4* Standard. The location and individual design are big advantages, however the rooms itself and (at least in my case) a few members of staff did not meet my standards 100%.
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