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2 February 2011

Stay in the Hendrix Suite at the Cumberland

Unlike Diamond Geezer, your author is open to occasional onslaughts from PR bods, especially when he gets to see things he might not otherwise. So, the other day he took up an invitation to take a tour of the Hendrix Suite at the Cumberland Hotel. The suite was unveiled in September to pay homage to the famous guitarist, who stayed in at the Cumberland shortly before his death in 1970.

To be honest, the result is a little odd. Billed in a carefully-worded release by the PR company as 'the famous Jimi Hendrix suite at the Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch, once Jimi Hendrix’s luxurious place of residence', it turns out that Mr Hendrix never actually stayed in this room, just another on the same floor. So, there isn't very much history and some designers have installed a range of very garish d├ęcor, which is supposedly reminiscent of the Hendrix era.

However, the suite does overlook Oxford Street, and is light and airy with two bathrooms. It will certainly appeal to some, even if the price tag of £399 a night (according to the Telegraph) is reasonably high. If you fancy giving it a try you can even win a night at the hotel by entering a competition before 15th February.

To visit the competition page, click here.


  1. A £399-a-night suite, in which a famous guitarist never actually stayed? That's truly something you don't see every day.

  2. Hmmm, yes. I do find it amazing how much money some people have, and what they will spend it on.

    Feel like I should also add, for transparency, that I wasn't paid to write this. I'm just too nice.

  3. That looks funky, although that kind of price for a room is well outside my comfort zone. I'm not immune to approaches from PR people but personally my rule is, if I can't afford it, I won't cover it ;)