Kimpton Lorien Hotel and Spa
What We Love
- Walking distance from the area’s best boutiques and antiques stores
- As with all Kimpton properties, there's a evening wine reception ?
- A pet-friendly property
- Unique Vicente Wolf design and artwork
What To Know
- D.C. is a 15-minute drive or Metro ride away
- Not a nightlife-heavy area
- The spa is small — book early to get a reservation
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Masterminded by modern design marvel Vicente Wolf, Lorien Hotel & Spa combines awesome amenities — aromatherapy on demand, two dining outlets by Robert Wiedmaier and a spa that uses only Kerstin Florian products — with parent company Kimpton’s signature irreverence. Classic American touches, such as warm brick walls, are accented by mod furniture and crisp blue, gray and white decor.
Bed and Bath
Each of the hotel’s 107 rooms and suites features an oversize shower and an uber-comfortable bed. Guestrooms can be on the small side, but visitors who want more space can book one of the suites, which feature such classic hotel amenities as clawfoot tubs. If you’re looking for quirky extras or just crave homey touches, use the unique “Dreams” menu (basically a private concierge), which can hook you up with what you want. Guests have requested everything from telescopes to sleeping bags for a night under the stars.
The Lorien has plenty of on-site perks worth exploring. Sip a glass of the house wine before ordering a pan of mussels (the house speciality) at the Tasting Room, the hotel’s casual dining outlet. For a more formal experience, Brabo brings together traditional Belgian cuisine and contemporary styles to create an award-winning meal. Step outside and you’re just seconds from the area’s best shopping and dining; you’ll find an array of boutiques and restaurants along King Street. And if you take the Metro or a taxi, you can be in D.C. in 15 minutes.
In the Area
Lorien is located on King Street, Old Town’s prime shopping area. Turn right out of the hotel entrance and you’ll find most of the shops, but don’t be afraid to check out the side streets, too. And the country’s third-oldest historic district has some great finds for pickers and antiques hunters. One of the city’s best bars, PX, is just a short walk from the hotel. Look for the blue light above Eamonn’s and prepare yourself for hand-crafted creations with house-made bitters and tonic.
How to Get There
My wife and I spent a wonderful overnight here, using my free night as a platinum member with IHG. Centrally located on King Street, within walking distance to everything you are looking for in Old Town Alexandria. We checked in early, and was upgraded to a suite. Thank you for adding to our experience. Laying back on the couch with a glass of wine was like being home. Very comfortable, from the couch to the shower. Thanks for a great stay.
Generally, I write only positive reviews. I generally ignore negative experiences. However, I will make an exception in this case.
I stayed in Room 205 on October 27. It was cold and damp in Alexandria. I had a chest/head cold. When I returned from dinner about 2300 hours, there was NO HEAT in the room. It was late, and I had to get up early to take a train the next morning. I just used a hotel bathrobe over my sleepwear and went to sleep.
A hotel without heat is totally unacceptable. I complained to the front desk when I checked out the next morning. To their credit, they did take $150.00 off the bill. This did nothing for my sickness. I have vowed never to stay at another Klimton hotel.
I travel a lot, and this ranks very high for my most pleasant stay. Everything about the stay was perfect. The room, staff, wine hour, restaurant, everything was perfect. Keep up the good work, as I will be back.
This property has to be one of the most darling boutique hotels I've had the pleasure of staying at. I'm surprised by the recent reviews because I stayed less than 3 months ago and found the staff to be pleasant and incredibly helpful. I really enjoyed the products for the bath and body in the guest room (Atelier Bloom) and the view I had was on the west corner of the hotel and was gorgeous.
There was a lot of light and life about my room and I quickly regretted leaving so soon for my next business trip (only stayed for 1 night) The room was incredibly spacious and decor was phenomenal.
Not to mention, I took the opportunity of the complimentary drink offer I received at check in and enjoyed a drink at their restaurant Brabo along with my meal. The drink I had was called La Bruja --perfect for entering into that festive Halloween mode and paired perfectly with the burger and fries I ordered. If my travels take me to Washinton again expect to see me again!
We chose to stay here since the other Kimpton property down the street had closed. We stayed here once previously and it was decent. This time, however, will be our last. The front desk staff are incredibly rude. (I see that there are other reviewers who found this to be the case as well) My husband and I walked into the hotel with our luggage to check in and the two men at the front desk looked at us as though our presence was an inconvenience. Eventually one of them offered to check us in. He was very pretentious. Our experience with the front desk staff throughout the rest of our stay was equally as poor. They do not acknowledge you. My husband and I walked in one evening and the woman at the desk never even looked up-- and it was just my husband and I in the lobby which is very small. In my opinion that is just incredibly poor customer service. I don't expect staff to fawn over us but a simple "Hello" or "Good Evening" or "How is your stay so far?" is just common courtesy. The valets, on the other hand, were the nicest people! Always pleasant and helpful. Even if we weren't getting our car and we just walked by they would smile and greet us, ask us about our stay. They were lovely! They can teach the people at the desk a thing or two about how to treat guests.
We ate at their restaurant the Brabo Tasting Room and it was one of the worst meals we've ever had with one of the most unpleasant waiters. It was almost comical.
The decor in the hotel is very stark and cold. Not very inviting. The rooms are dark, dingy, and bizarrely decorated. Very little natural lighting, it's like a cave. The bathroom was poorly lit and the shower curtain was dirty. (Depending on what type of room you get you may have a larger, well-lit bathroom with a tub and shower which is what we had the first stay.)
The a/c shuts off in the middle of the night. The only plus is the location on King Street. Close to the metro if you need it although we prefer to take an Uber into the city. It's faster.
All-in-all it was not a pleasant stay and we will not be going back.