The Cumberland Hotel in London is a historical and iconic hotel that has recently regained its old name after spending a number of years as the Hard Rock Hotel London. The hotel boasts 900 rooms and has a rich musical heritage, being the last official residence of Jimi Hendrix and the original home of the Hard Rock Cafe. Even with the name change, the musical associations are still prevalent throughout the hotel, from its logo to the do-not-disturb signs that reference famous songs.
The hotel is owned by the Clermont Hotel Group, which is the largest owner-operator in London by room count. The group was formerly known as GLH Hotels and Guoman.
Upon arrival at the hotel, the concierge staff were extremely accommodating, allowing me to drop off my luggage early and reclaim it later in the day. I was staying in a Star Suite, and after checking in, I was led to a private ‘Backstage’ lounge for guests staying in executive rooms and suites. This unexpected perk provided unlimited refreshments and snacks, adding a touch of luxury to the experience.
The Star Suite I stayed in was spacious and comfortable, with a super-comfortable King size Hypnos bed and room to accommodate up to four people. The room was equipped with a Crosley turntable and a box full of vinyl records, as well as a Fender guitar and Marshall amplifier for guests who want to indulge in some musical nostalgia. The suite also featured a “Welcome, Paul!” on a mirror, adorned with pictures of iconic music legends such as Amy Winehouse and Bryan May.
The bathroom was luxurious, with upscale toiletries provided, and a separate bath and rainfall shower, adding to the overall comfort of the room.
The hotel boasts an enormous foyer area, with a lively atmosphere and multiple dining options. The SOUND Café serves as a sports bar, live music venue, and café, providing a casual dining experience. Downstairs in the basement is ‘The Green Room’ where a buffet breakfast is served each morning, catering to the needs of all guests.
The hotel’s location is convenient, providing easy access to London’s bustling West End, Hyde Park, and Oxford Street’s world-renowned shopping.
Throughout my stay, the Cumberland Hotel took exceptional care of me, providing complimentary treats and ensuring a seamless and enjoyable experience. The exclusivity of the check-in process and the private ‘Backstage’ lounge added an element of luxury to the stay, creating a peaceful oasis within the bustling hotel.
In summary, The Cumberland seamlessly combines modern sophistication with classic elegance, providing a welcoming atmosphere for guests in the heart of London.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at The Cumberland, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a luxurious and comfortable experience in London.
The cost of double and twin rooms starts from £199 per night, while Star Suites start from £455 per night.
Whether you are a music fan, a history buff, or simply looking for a luxurious and comfortable stay in London, The Cumberland is sure to provide a memorable and enjoyable experience.