The Perfect 10: Rockstar Hangouts

12/12/2011 11:11 | Updated 22 May 2015
It was 40 years since Jimi Hendrix's death - and with an exhibition and new Hendrix-themed suite at one London hotel, we've rounded up some of the best rockstar style hangouts.,feedConfig,localizationConfig,entry&id=934715&pid=934714&uts=1285560504

Perfect 10: Rock star hangouts

The last known address of Jimi Hendrix, the guitar legend was a regular guest at the Cumberland hotel in London during the 60s and even conducted his last ever interview here just days before his death in 1970. To mark the anniversary, the hotel has created a Hendrix suite, designed with flamboyant colours, touches of psychedelia, vintage fabrics and statement lighting to capture the musician's style.

There's even a wall of framed original NME covers from the 1960s featuring Hendrix, a three metre high mural of the guitarist and his tracks programmed onto an iPod. The suite costs £399 per night, based on two sharing, and Guoman Hotels will be 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.

Perfect 10: Rock star hangouts For real rock stars, everywhere's a VIP trip – so if you're looking for the same kind of A-list treatment, Virgin Holidays has launched its Rockstar Services on all its holidays, with Jimi Hendrix's ex tour manager Tappy Wright heading it up.

Before you start getting delusions of grandeur and asking for all the brown M&Ms to be picked out or expecting someone to clear up when you fill the bath with champagne, it's about adding a few special touches to your holiday, such as the world's first dedicated airport leisure lounge to in-resort concierges to contact you before you fly out. And no trashing the room. Visit Virgin Holidays for more information.

Perfect 10: Rock star hangouts The former Hyatt on Sunset Strip was known as the 'Riot House' in its 1970s rock heyday, when it was notorious for its hard-partying rock clientele. Keith Richards once hurled a TV from his 10th floor room, Jim Morrison dangled from a window by his fingertips and perhaps most unlikely of all, Axl Rose tossed steak to his fans below, while the movies This is Spinal Tap and Almost Famous were filmed here thanks to the hotel's rock'n'roll history.

These days the renamed and redesigned Andaz West Hollywood is more elegant chic and cosmopolitan California style, so you can appreciate its rock past in style. Rooms cost from around £152.

Perfect 10: Rock star hangouts Switzerland might not have the most rock'n'roll reputation, but it's played host to more than a few A-listers over the years. And billed as the 'hottest rock shack' in the city, ZicZac Rock-Hotel in Zurich has over 50 rooms, all dedicated to different rock stars and decorated in that individual style.

So whether you fancy the Pink Floyd bedroom or the Led Zeppelin Suite, you can get a taste of your favourite band without needing the bank balance. Rooms start from £30.70 per night. Book at

Perfect 10: Rock star hangouts The hotel's rock claim to fame came in 1969 when John Lennon and Yoko Ono did their bed-in for peace, recording Give Peace a Chance between May 26 and June 2.

Fans can stay in the Lennon-Ono suite, and have their own peaceful bed-in with the Bed-in for Peace package, including a night's accommodation, breakfast (in bed, if you fancy) and a choice of either the Lennon Legend CD or the book Give Peace a Chance. The package costs around £500 or standard rooms cost from around £128. Visit The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth for more information.

Perfect 10: Rock star hangouts From its Cool Britannia beginnings in 1997, the Metropolitan and the famous Met Bar have seen more than a few big names pass through the doors, with the Kings of Leon among the most recent. And if you can't get yourself onto the exclusive list at the members' bar, hotel guests are the only non-members to be allowed in.

For the full experience, the Party Like a Rock Star package at the Metropolitan, from £309 per night/room, including Purple Haze shots on arrival in your room, a party box containing the Best Ever Rock Anthems CD and inflatable guitar, a hangover from hell eyemask, Firefly Sharpen Up tonic, VIP access to London clubs, a priority reservation at Nobu or Nahm – and a full English breakfast and late 4pm check-out for the morning after...

Perfect 10: Rock star hangouts It's not enough to get a two floor penthouse suite with ocean views in Miami, these days. The Recording Studio at the Setai is home to a 2,500 square foot studio created by Lenny Kravitz, and used by Beyonce, Jay Z, Timbaland and Mary J Blige, with state of the art equipment to create your next No 1.

The Setai hotel's studio suites costs from around £550 based on two sharing, while the three-bedroom penthouse, including wine cellar, rooftop pool and private butler costs £19,400 per night. Book at The Setai. A four night stay at The Setai with Black Tomato including the Rock Star experience, costs from £2,899 per person.

Perfect 10: Rock star hangouts The five-star hotel and spa has a splash of rock rebellion tucked away in Suite 100, inspired by the Rolling Stones nightclub The 100 Club. With pink and black 60s-influenced decor and retro furniture, there's a whirlpool, sauna and steam shower in the black bathroom, plus a private kitchen and dining area if you don't want to be bothered by fans. With 170 square metres to spread out in, there's plenty of room for an entourage and a view out over the lake to the Alps.

Rates for a double room start at around £465 per night. Top suite rates are on request. Visit The Dolder Grand for more information.

Perfect 10: Rock star hangouts There may be Hard Rock Cafés around the globe but if you love your rock memorabilia, it's hard to beat the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando, with a million dollars' worth of items belonging to Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, Madonna and David Bowie among others.

Seven nights costs £985 per person including flights with BonVoyage or a last-minute 14 night package, including flights, costs £845 per person for departures between November 16 and 24 with Travel City Direct.

Perfect 10: Rock star hangouts If you had the choice of where to record your next album, the Caribbean island of St. Barths would probably be pretty high up the list! So any wannabe rock stars can head to Villa Rockstar, Eden Rock, the island's only private villa for rent with a recording studio, as well as the other rock royalty musts like panoramic ocean views, six star service, a gold-tiled bathroom, private 20 seat screening room, four suites, croquet lawn, private beach and, of course, a butler.

The villa costs around £15,750 per day. Quintessentially Travel can arrange tailor-made holidays to Villa Rockstar. Contact or call 0845 224 6915.

Perfect 10: Rock star hangouts


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