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
Great property. Location is a 3 min walk from the King St Metro stop. The decor of the room/hotel may not be to everyone's taste but I found it to be soothing and a really nice departure from the overtly fussy decor of some other properties. The room was nicely sized with the most comfortable bed I have ever slept on in a hotel (with sheets that were so comfortable I wanted to steal them!). The counters in the room and bathroom are poured concrete and the room is done up in a relaxing gray/white color scheme. Loved the fact that they don't use those very eco-unfriendly tiny bottles in the bathroom but instead had pump bottles filled with really nice cosmetics. The room was very quiet. Staff were friendly and helpful. And as a bonus - room service was not only quick but really tasty. Only minor quibble is that there were no coffee-making facilities in the room,
Would definitely seek this hotel out again.
Spent a one night stay at the Lorien in Alexandria. From the time we arrived to when we departed, the staff went to extreme measures to make sure our stay was great. They were friendly, informative and very pleasant. The room was clean and very nicely decorated
Flying visit to Alexandria for business and first stay at the Lorien. The staff were brilliant and welcoming at reception. Always eager to help. The rooms themselves were well appointed and comfortable, especially the bed
I did like the wine and nibbles at 5pm which was a chance to meet others and socialise.
The hotel is about 15 mins walk from the waterfront bars.
My husband and I stayed here in October 2018 on our way South for the winter, and enjoyed it enough that went out of way to return on the way North last week The rooms are extremely comfortable with lovely linens, bathrobes, a wonderfully stocked minibar and it is situated right on King St. where a free trolly run all day and into the night, up and sown King St. The staff is both courteous and helpful. The bathrooms are larger than usual with plenty of towels and big bottles of body wash, shampoo and conditioner so you aren’t left struggling to open those dinky little bottles left in most hotels. We wouldn’t hesitate to come back for another visit. It was restful and relaxing after a long day on the road.
We are enjoying our 5 day stay at the Kimpton Lorien. The location is ideal, walking distance to the Waterfront and shops/ restaurants along King Street and the Metro. The rooms are well appointed and the beds very comfortable!! They offer coffee and tea in the morning and a wine happy hour in the afternoon. The staff is also very helpful and friendly. I highly recommend this lovely hotel.