The boutique hotel is located a quick cab ride ($30) or metro ride ($3 or 2 stops) from Ronald Reagan airport and is easy walking distance to all the restaurants and shops along King Street. It's about a 25 minute metro ride to the main sites in DC. It's a pricy hotel that doesn't deliver the goods. We stayed for 3 nights.
Upon arrival, you walk through a courtyard into the hotel and you're standing at reception. There is no space to sit or meet up with someone with the exception of a small room to the right. That sitting space is also used by the meeting rooms (food served there), so it's very tight, not well laid out.
The food (breakfast in the restaurant; lunch meals served buffet style for meetings) was a disappointment. Besides heavy sauces and dressings on the hot meals, the sandwiches were light on the insides and heavy on the bread.
The king room was crammed (see pics) for one person, and for two nearly impossible to move around. The bed was not comfortable - clearly one side was always slept on, so it leaned towards the only night stand in the room and made it feel like it was two twin beds pushed together. The room has room darkening shades, so that is a plus, but the hotel is not quiet. One can hear everything that goes on in the hallways and the outside courtyard, so be prepared to be woken up. The bedding was clean and comfortable while the bath towels were stiff and old.
Housekeeping was not on their game. Two of our nights, the trash wasn't emptied, the soaps/shampoos were not refreshed until we asked, and we were charged items from the mini bar which we didn't use. That was resolved on checkout.
Wifi is free if you sign up for Kimpton account.
We would not return again to this property.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located in Old Town Alexandria, our luxury boutique hotel is a collaborative dream. Renowned interior designer Vicente Wolf created a space that is reflective of the past and grounded in modern sensibilities. Combined with the stylish calm of our spa, our destination restaurant, BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier, a striking environment and the amenities expected of a Kimpton Hotel, Lorien Hotel & Spa unites the elegance of yesteryear with the comforts of modern-day living. ... more less
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