To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the death of 60s rock legend, Jimi Hendrix, The Cumberland hotel near March Arch has turned the room where the guitarist was last interviewed into a suite paying tribute to him and seemingly all things groovy. Guests staying in this vintage fabric adorned room (which in addition to a specially commissioned Jimi mural above the bed, a Flying V guitar affixed to the wall and lots of nicely framed Hendrix ephemera offers a pretty killer view of the crosstown traffic of Marble Arch and Park Lane) receive a bottle of Scotch, an evening turndown treat and brekkie the following morning as well as the good feeling of knowing a £10 charitable donation to the Jimi Hendrix Foundation is made with each booking. The room goes for £399 for two guests.
Is The Cumberland riding a Purple Haze gravy train for a morbid cash in? Maybe. But the room is rather swish, appears to be priced at what you might expect and gives fans of the artist another opportunity to gush (and possibly learn a little) about Hendrix and to play rock star, to the extent one may in a non-smoking room where the windows don't open enough to slide a TV out. The Hotel is a pleasant stroll from Handel House's Hendrix exhibition too.
The Cumberland is located at Great Cumberland Place, W1H 7DL. For more information about the hotel's Jimi Hendrix Suite, visit The Cumberland's dedicated webpage.