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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Stayed in the Lorien in the spa room. Although it was only on the 2nd floor, it was very quiet. The room was comfortable and the tub fits two. :-). Easy to get to the hotel from the metro stop, even with a suitcase and construction. Hotel is a close next to many things (stores, restaurants, etc.) and very walkable to other things in Alexandria. Since I was there over the weekend, street parking was abundant, and free. The hotel staff were friendly. Overall, one of my favorite Kimpton stays yet.
The Lorien was fantastic!! My stay began with the front desk employees, Day and Syneese, helping me frantically get ahold of the Lyft driver because I had left my phone in the car. They went ABOVE AND BEYOND to help retrieve my phone! I was so, so grateful for their kindness.
In addition, the amenities at the Lorien exceeded expectations-- the room was so comfortable and access to the spa was a great bonus!
Will definitely stay again!
We were in town for the marathon. There’s a whole foods within walking distance from this hotel. The Suites are spacious for families with kids. We loved walking and riding the free trolley around the old town area. The hotel was still close enough for a very quick Uber or metro ride into the tourist area of DC. The customer service was excellent at the front desk. We enjoyed our stay very much and are already planning our next trip back!