I chose this hotel over some nearby chain hotels because I wanted a change of pace. I am happy I did! The service was personal, and the rooms are small but charming.
The real stunner is the piano bar at night, or at least on Thursday and Friday nights. I was astounded to see local amateur singers belting out show tunes and standards. I had to blink twice as I thought I was in a movie scene. (Was it a Raymond Chandler film noir, or a musical? Was that Liz Taylor over there flirting with the horn player?) When the Prairie Home Companion crew stays in Washington DC, they better book rooms here. Lots of material to work into the show, and more than one backup singer at the ready.
Oh, yeah, the food is good, and the walk-ability of the area is terrific. (Just steel yourself to walk by more yoga studios and artisan food shops than you thought could possibly exist in the same place outside of California.) But bring your friend that secretly wants to sing on broadway, and give him or her their Alexandria debut here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by rich architectural history, the Morrison House is a Federal style inn set in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. Conde Nast Traveler has named the Morrison House one of the best hotels in the world five years running and it has been awarded the AAA Four Diamond Award for 26 straight years. Near our nation’s capital, this boutique luxury hotel provides impeccable service, an award winning restaurant and luxurious amenities in a soothing atmosphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Morrison Hotel Kimpton