Hotel Review: The Hendrix Suite At The Cumberland, London

19/10/2010 12:57 | Updated 22 May 2015

With the anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's death, the central London hotel where he gave his last interview has created a suite in his honour.

Cumberland Hotel

The USP: Grand old London hotel with a modern edge. As well as art exhibitions in the lobby, there's a new suite inspired by guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, designed to be somewhere he'd feel at home – think guitar on the wall, psychedelic colour scheme, rock star luxury touches, all right in the heart of capital.

Book it now if: You want to indulge your rock'n'roll side in style. Hendrix fans will love it, but if you couldn't name a single one of his hits, you'll still love the zebra print, claw foot bath, retro phone, fibre-optic lights and view of Park Lane. There's even framed NME covers, an iPod playing his last ever interview and a bottle of Jack Daniels under the enormous plasma TV.

Bedding down: The 1920s hotel has over 1,000 rooms, but only one Hendrix suite – number 5001, with two bathrooms, huge white sofa and double bed.

Feed me: You don't need to leave the hotel. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes is behind several of the hotel's restaurants, the ultra-swanky Michelin-starred Rhodes W1 hotel and the more informal Rhodes W1 Brasserie & Bar – though with scallop risotto, confit of duck, perfectly cooked steak with triple-cooked chips and a stunning raspberry soufflé on the brasserie menu, you're hardly missing out. Even if you're working through the wine list, do try a Kiwi Cuddle mocktail from the bar as well. There's also three bars to test out, with live DJs at the Carbon bar from Thursday to Saturday.

Cumberland Hotel

Easily bored: The whole of London is on your doorstep – Hyde Park is minutes away if you're after peace and quiet, you're on the corner of Oxford Street and five minutes from Selfridges, or if you fancy something a bit different, you're next to Edgware Road with its Middle Eastern restaurants and shisha bars.

What's the damage: The suite costs £399 per night, based on two sharing, and Guoman Hotels are donating £10 from every night's stay to the Hendrix Foundation, providing deprived children with access to musical instruments or music lessons, for the year.

Point me in the right direction: The Cumberland, Great Cumberland Place, London, W1H 7DL ( 376 9014)


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