6 Historic Hotels for Rock Gods & Goddesses

The days of rock excess aren’t over yet – you can still live like a star in hotels renowned as rock & roll heavens, where music history was made.

1. The Sheraton Gunter Hotel, San Antonio

Robert Johnson supposedly sold his soul to the devil for blues-guitar immortality. In 1936, he spent three days in the Sheraton Gunter Hotel, in San Antonio Texas, recording an incredible session of masterpieces in Room 414, interrupted only by his arrest. Afterwards, he continued the session with a blues classic: “Cross Road Blues.” The devil must be so proud.

2. Andaz West Hollywood Hyatt, Los Angeles

Called the “Riot House” in the bad old days of the ’70s when Zeppelin, Jim Morrison and The Who unleashed hell inside. The hotel is quieter now, and attracts a new generation of musicians. Find great Hipmunk deals at the West Hollywood Hyatt, Los Angeles.

3. Sunset Marquise, Los Angeles

How many hotels feature a famous recording studio? NightBird Studios has produced hits from Ozzy Osbourne, ZZ Top, Jeff Beck, Madonna, Justin Timberlake and Aerosmith, among others. A favorite of rockers and celebrities, the Sunset Marquise in L.A. offers use of a Bentley, 24-hour butler service and a “Paparazzi Diversion Service.”

4. Sanctum Soho, London

Kirk Hammett of Metallica wrote “Enter Sandman” here at “London’s first rock’n’roll boutique hotel.” Forgot your guitar? Rent one at the front desk! Are the junior suites great? Ask Iron Maiden! The beautiful 30-room hotel was featured in a BBC documentary on rock hotels. Find more great stays like the Sanctum Soho, London on Hipmunk!

5. Edgewater Hotel, Seattle

Rockers who enjoy breathtaking views of Elliott Bay – like Ozzy, Kiss, Zeppelin and the Stones – will love this waterfront hotel in the City of Grunge Rock. The Beatles stayed here in 1964, and got in a little fishing from the windows of their suite.

6. And the King of Rock & Roll Hotels: Comfort Inn Downtown, Cleveland

The Comfort Inn in Downtown Cleveland was once Swingos Celebrity Inn, a rocker’s paradise if ever there was one. It started with Elvis, who booked 100 rooms, continued with Keith Moon of The Who, and just kept going. Actor Yul Brynner and the group Deep Purple had a shouting match about the noise. Springsteen, an unknown then, got a reduced rate. Sinatra handed out $100 bills to the staff. Bette Midler wrote a song about the hotel. The Stones wore Swingos T-shirts. And it was in the movie “Almost Famous.” Swingos loved Led Zeppelin: their accountant toured with them and immediately settled up for any damage.

This post was posted by TheHipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on 05/02/2016.