I love this hotel and have returned twice after my initial visit. The staff is very friendly, but professional at the same time. it is an unusually challenging combination to find. There is good coffee in the sitting area in the mornings and in the evenings a complimentary glass (or two) of wine is available. When we was there in mid-March we sat outside by the fire pit and enjoyed our wine. It is close enough to the King Street Metro station to ride the Metro from the airport and to hop onto if you want to go anywhere in the DC area. I've never stayed there with my dogs but I look forward to doing that someday. Overall, the Lorien feels like a European hotel to me and I'll return as often as I can.