The Cumberland Hotel, now one of Europe’s only free standing Art Deco hotels, was built in 1937 in the height of the Art Deco period. A classic shaped building and one of Bournemouth’s finest hotels.
It was built by a builder named Mr. Rowley whose daughter now lives in Pasadena, USA. She informs me that she and her friend Rhoda Goodman placed five multi-sided three penny bits under each foundation stone. She still has the trowel that laid the stone, and has promised to send it from Pasadena.
During World War 2, the building was commandeered by the army to house troops defending Englands South Coast. After the war, The Cumberland soon became Europe’s largest Jewish Hotel complete with a synagogue and remained so for many years…
It has now been brought back to its former glory and is known throughout the UK as one of the most unique hotels, The Cumberland Bournemouth.
Who designed The Cumberland?
After purchase of the iconic Cumberland Hotel, it was decided to contract a professional designer who could restore The Cumberland with its unique art deco history whilst adding new funky modern features that would enhance the hotels public areas.
The lobby was tastefully restored with a unique new marble CH floor, Italian marble fireplaces were bespoke made as was the carpet which was taken from a pattern book in the 1930’s, a replica of a classic Art Deco pattern made for a famous London Hotel in the Art Deco boom period.
Furniture was designed and manufactured by a local bespoke furniture company whilst much of the ceiling features, lights and wall panelling were restored or redesigned to fit in with the new look Cumberland.
Mirco & Mirco are responsible for the beautiful design and styling of the Cumberland Bournemouth’s grand interior.
Sue Mirco of Mirco & Mirco has achieved the ultimate by bringing the Cumberland Bournemouth back to its orignal glory, it true Art Deco form.
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Bournemouth hotel, a dream location
The perfect hotel for those who still enjoy the traditional British holiday in a boutique "style" hotel. The only purpose built Art Deco Hotel dating back to the 1930's, this Bournemouth hotel is still full of character with many of its original features and new contemporary twists. Voted Best Large Hotel in Bournemouth.
Our mission statement
"Located on the seafront overlooking Bournemouth Bay, The Cumberland Hotel is a modern resort style hotel which has achieved one of Bournemouth's highest AA 3 Star hotel ratings. We offer good quality, comfortable, 3 star hotel rooms." Read our mission statement.