The Lorien is new, modern, clean, and trendy. Very nice.
Pros: 1) Staff is very cordial, professional. 2) Location is within walking distance to King St. metro. 3) Decor is sleek and modern, beautiful, zen-like, restful. 4) Hotel has two restaurants, including a casual small-plate restaurant. 5) Spa services. 6) Bathroom is large, clean, modern. Walk-in shower has sliding glass door, easy access. 7) Monitor with in-room internet access provided. Very nice. 8) Comfortable bed. Choice of pillows provided. Feather/down pillows were wonderful. Great not to have those awful bouncy, styrofoam pillows. 9) A very nice wine and cheese shop is next door, if you'd like a baguette, cheese, and wine.
Cons: 1) Valet parking is $25 a day. 2) There didn't seem to be very many good restaurants within walking distance, so a drive into old town Alexandria or to the water district is probably in order, unless one eats at hotel restaurants. 3) Room service food is expensive, of course. In-room snacks and mini-fridge are exorbitantly expensive, of course. 4) Bathroom has frosted, sliding glass door, which is beautiful, but it doesn't shut completely and therefore does not provide absolute privacy. No fan in bathroom. So, if bathroom privacy is an issue, don't stay here. 5) Coffee and tea are provided in the lobby, but no coffee or tea set-up in room. Lobby coffee/tea do not include any other breakfast items. 6) Our room was a corner room with king bed overlooking the courtyard. It had lots of light but was very small for two people. It was fine, but not real spacious. Not too much of a big deal.
General: If you do want a more inexpensive breakfast than provided by the hotel, which I'm sure is nice but expensive, try the coffeehouse across the street on the corner, or even the Dunkin Donuts a quick walk down the street. For dinner, Le Refuge on Washington Street is a very nice bistro-style French restaurant.
I would definitely recommend the Lorien. If you'd like a hotel similar in quality but closer to the historic part of Alexandria a few blocks east, try Hotel Monaco. Both are Kimpton hotels. Both are beautiful.