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
This is a darling hotel in a great location with very friendly staff. Loved the free happy hour wine and pizza from 5-6pm!
There wasn't ice on every floor but the staff would bring it to you if requested. Also, you have to specially request a coffee maker in each room.
Recently stayed for 2 nights with my pup at the Kimpton Lorien in Alexandria and LOVED it.
From check-in to check-out, everyone at the hotel was incredibly approachable, attentive and friendly. Much of the staff remembered my name and my dog’s name and greeted us (by name) whenever we went through the lobby. I always notice that kind of above-and-beyond service and appreciate it.
Valet was variable. Drop off was easy every time - there was always someone there to receive my car. Pickup took a minute the first time I had to take my car out - 2 other people were there before me with only 1 attendant to attend both to their bags and their cars. But after seeing that I had been waiting several minutes the front desk staff jumped in to help out and got my car for me. And the valet attendant was working quickly to attend to all of us - sometimes it just gets backed up, which i understand. Maybe something to be aware of if you’re in a time crunch (I was not).
Food was lovely. I ate at the courtyard restaurant for supper and loved sitting out in the patio for the meal. It was not too hot, thanks to overcast weather and good umbrella coverage on the patio. If my dog was better behaved, I would have enjoyed sitting out with her as dogs are permitted on the patio.
Accommodation was top-notch! The room was spacious and open, plenty of space for me and pup. Love the in-room yoga mat that is part of the Kimpton gimmick. Gorgeous, modern bathroom with plenty of space and excellent water pressure in the shower. The bed was incredibly comfortable and the room was truly dark at night, thanks to proper blackout curtains (one of those little things I look for in a comfortable hotel stay). I also spent some time in the hotel gym which was fairly nice as hotel gyms go. The room was spacious and the equipment in fairly decent condition - not super modern but adequate (not broken down, cramped, or over-crowded as I find too often in hotel gyms).
Excellent location for me as it was a few blocks away from the real hustle and bustle of Old Town - still well within walking distance but super quiet. Lots of shops and restaurants around. And Alexandria is a dog-owner’s dream!! Seems like almost every shop on King Street is pet-friendly and tons of cafes have outdoor seating to accommodate the dog lovers.
Overall an excellent stay - I would recommend to anyone looking for a modern, quiet accommodation with excellent, attentive service in downtown Alexandria.
Greeted by manager " Synesse" an outstanding, engaging, pleasant personality, laser focused ambassador. Ms. Synesse personally ensured that our special celebration was developed, performed and executed in a outstanding manner. Our suite was very well appointed and she ensured that our treats and champaign were presented in a fashion fit for a king and queen and added a special touch with a personalized welcome and congratulations card. Her staff members are to be commended as well, i.e. Ms. Albany during check out she reviewed our stay with eagerness to affirm that our stay either met and or exceeded expectations. Thank you Ms. Synesse and you are a friend for life! This boutique Hotel "Lorien" is an excellent place to have a mini vacation and relax.