The hotel is in a great location about 4 blocks from the Alexandria Metro. I was in town for a meeting in Crystal City, so the quick walk to the metro was great. It is, however, on a far side of the Old Town Alexandria walking area/shops/resturants.
The hotel is styled in a edgy, modern, classic lines look with lots of sterile colors - gray and white but accented with light baby blue. As to people's complaints about the bathroom - it doesn't offer the true privacy of a completely blocked off room. The sliding door/frosted glass was interesting and fun, but I can see it bothersome if you are sharing a room with someone you don't known very very well. I wish the bathrooms had more hooks to hang clothes etc. The soaps and lotions were great - L'Occitane fare. They do allow pets in this hotel and I did see a few dogs being taken out for walks. I never noticed anything that would indicate a pet problem - no stains or smells.
The bed was comfortable. My request for a high level floor and quiet room was honored. The rooms are on the tight side - but I usually don't expect anything larger when in the city. The bathroom was almost as large as the main room! The shower is HUGE and has a rainshower head. The desk-top computer (with free internet) was a great touch and I used it to play internet-radio while I surfed on my personal computer. There is a "Dreams" program where you can pick from a variety of room scents, pillows, and mood music. I didn't try it out, 'cause I was happy with the standard fare. There's a large (maybe 42-46 inch?) flat screen TV opposite the bed. As a business traveler, I wished there were more electical outlets at the bedside and at the desk.
The common areas are charming - cozy library and great outdoor fireplace. I was disappointed to not see the usual Kimpton free happy hour. Although, the coffee/tea station with take-away cups (yes!) is available in the morning.
The hotel is associated with a full-service restaurant Brabo (I did not try the restuarant or room service). But I did go to the Tasting Room (lovely "French bistro" casual bar, and there's a large shared central table. I did not feel awkward being a solo diner) and the Butcher's Block (artisan cheese, sandwiches, meats, Belgian beers in single bottles). The staff at both were exceptionally friendly and helpful. The lady at the Butcher's Block let me taste a few salami and cheese and helped me create a wonderful lunch packet (with fruits, crackers, free olives - all for < $20) that fed me for several days. (The room had a mini-fridge to tuck leftovers, lunch and beer).
The spa is in the basement next to the gym. It's small, but comfortable and soothing. After my service I still had oils I wanted to soak in a little longer, so they allowed me to scoot upstairs in my extra-thick, extra long spa robe (this thing offers 5x the coverage of my gym gear), and I didn't run into anyone in the elevators or hall.
There's no self-service parking. The valet parking is expensive $28 dollars a day, but allows unlimited access to the car. I called down about 10min before I wanted the car, and it was always there waiting for me.
I stayed there for 5 days and got a great deal on the room. (You can get notifications about deals/specials through the free Kimptom guest membership program.) That being said, I would definitely stay there again, even without the special ($179 weekday, $129 weekend).
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Thank you for staying. We do have a great location and I am glad that you were able to take full advantage of it. I see you enjoyed the room and the in-room computer terminal. Thank you for staying and please come back again soon!
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