Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Ellington Hotel, Berlin: road house review

By Lucinda Baring 1150AM GMT twenty-two March 2010

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Location

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In Charlottenburg, the ancestral area declared after the largest stately house in Berlin, to the west of the Tiergarten.

Character

The road house occupies a listed, Bauhaus construction that non-stop as a dance gymnasium busy by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington, from whom the road house takes the name. Capitalising on the jazz heritage, the hotel"s usually design consists of black and white photographs of the Fifties and Sixties jazz scene.

Rooms

While the distinguished façade and staircases have been maintained, all else has been embellished white, giving the road house a fresh, complicated feel, quite in contrariety to the some-more austere, strange Bauhaus style. Bathrooms are integrated inside of the 285 rooms, with basins possibly without delay at the back of the bed or distant by a half wall. This is a modern, minimalist road house of the Marmite propagandize you possibly love it or hatred it.

Food

The Duke Restaurant is a primitive nonetheless intimate, candlelit space with a worldly menu. The open kitchen and air wave booth, that broadcasts live jazz each evening, mix to emanate a fun, sharp-witted ambience.

We similar to

The live song at the jazz brunch on Sundays (booked a month in advance), and the summer garden, that is renouned with Berliners.

Not so keen

The integrated bathrooms, quite in the customary rooms, have a sure turn of cognisance unavoidable; the fine bedrooms are bigger and concede for a small some-more privacy. Only half the bedrooms have baths.

Essentials

030 683150; ellington-hotel.com. Doubles from �90.

Getting there

Until the new Berlin-Brandenburg airfield opens in late 2011, Berlin is served by dual airports Tegel and Schönefeld. Tegel is the closest to the city centre, buses run each five to twenty mins and cost less than €3 (�2.70); a cab costs nearer €25 and takes half an hour. The most appropriate approach to get in to locale from Schönefeld is by train, that runs to the centre, Mitte, in twenty-five minutes.

British Airways (0844 493 0787; britishairways.com) flies from Heathrow to Berlin Tegel fives times every day from �107.50. BMI (0844 848 4888; flybmi.com) flies from Heathrow and countless informal airports to Berlin Tegel from �150. EasyJet (0905 821 0905, calls cost 65p per minute; easyjet.com) flies from Gatwick, Luton, Liverpool, Bristol and Glasgow to Berlin Schönefeld airfield from �49.98.