This is the third time my wife, daughter, dog and I have stayed at the lovely Lorien. It seems to get better with each stay. The hotel is located on King Street, so it's very convenient to Old Town, the Metro and the Interstate. At the same time, because it's tucked away and in a less busy part of Old Town you don't get the noise or heavy traffic that plague the tourist areas.
The hotel itself is reminiscent of a European boutique hotel: Quaint with a high-level of attention to details and service. The lobby has a lounge area that's like a den where you can relax with a drink or read a book. There are two courtyards--one in the front and another to the side--that are perfect for enjoying the seasonal weather.
The staff is attractive, polite, efficient, friendly and very professional. Not necessarily the warmest or most conversant folks, but always pleasant. We've stayed at several Kimpton hotels and they always have well-trained staff who are a cut above. At the Lorien, everyone from housekeeping to maintenance was friendly and polite. They politely ask how your stay is going and if they can assist with something. There's real sincerity when they ask.
The rooms are superb. Clean, upscale, comfortable and well thought-out. The standard room is a little small for two so I strongly recommend a suite or corner room. The best views are the facing King Street and with a balcony. The strong points of the Lorien's accommodations are as follows: Wonderfully comfortable beds with high-thread count cotton sheets, great bathrooms especially the large ones featured in the suites, rooms are soothing in a color scheme of light blue and white, large flat-screen TVs, free Internet PLUS a personal computer in your room--a very classy touch. Best of all, everything is clean and new. You feel like you're the first person to have stayed in the room.
The partner restaurants Brabo and The Tasting Room are supposed to be excellent. We only had breakfast at Brabo which was good albeit pricey. The dinner crowd is definitely well-heeled and hip.
Sometimes boutique hotels can be pretentious, stuffy or overly precious. Not so with the Lorien. Kimpton has managed to blend their flair for design and character with a more elegant theme and style, resulting in a near-perfect synthesis. A classy hotel that doesn't forget the importance of comfort, atmosphere and customer service.
Oh, and like all Kimptons, they are genuinely pet-friendly. This alone is one of the main reasons we choose Kimptons over other brands.
Stay at the Lorien and it will become your favorite hotel in the DC area.
- 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, Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa unites the elegance of yesteryear with the comforts of modern-day living. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lorien Hotel Kimpton