Morrison House, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- Charming location in Old Town Alexandria
- A historic property with modern touches including iHome stereos
- As with all Kimpton properties, there's an evening wine reception ?
- Great food at the Grille restaurant
What To Know
- An intimate, couple-friendly hotel in a quiet area; no nightclubbing here
- WiFi is free with a free Kimpton Karma membership; request to sign up upon check-in at the hotel
- DC is a 20-minute drive away
- There’s no spa, but treatments are available in-room upon request
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
With its unobtrusive location just a block off King Street, one of the DC area’s prime shopping spots, the property might initially be mistaken for a private home. The residential vibe continues as you walk up the stone steps to the lobby, which is decorated like a grand old sitting room. But at this Federal-style mansion turned 45-room hotel, you won’t have to scrimp on such 21st-century comforts as free WiFi (with a free Kimpton Karma membership), iHome stereos and showers with excellent water pressure.
Bed and Bath
The decor is traditional with a twist: mahogany furniture, chandeliers and contemporary art. Some bedrooms have four-poster beds covered with Frette linens, decorative fireplaces and signature Kimpton accents like zebra-print sheets. Bathrooms have Italian marble vanities and high-end toiletries.
Morrison House has earned plaudits for its friendly staff and discreet yet attentive service. It hosts an evening wine reception, a Kimpton ritual, and the formal Grille Restaurant & Piano Bar serves hearty American food such as steak and roast chicken. And although there’s no spa, the concierge can arrange in-room services.
In the Area
Hail a water taxi at the Alexandria waterfront, a 15-minute walk from Morrison House, and zip up to National Harbor, where you’ll find boutiques and restaurants galore. Or take a cruise to Georgetown, DC’s toniest neighborhood, from the same dock, checking out the monuments along the way. After you’ve hit King Street’s stores, wander the roads that run perpendicular to it — the Hour has carefully curated cocktail paraphernalia from the 18th-century onward, and Hysteria offers womenswear by DVF, Milly and Calypso, among others. Refuel from shopping and sightseeing at PX, one of the city’s best bars, a short walk from the hotel. Look for the blue light above Eamonn’s, and call ahead for reservations. The cocktails employ house-made tonic.
How to Get There
Staying at the Morrison House was the best decision we made when planning my daughter’s wedding. Our guests stayed at The Alexandria to give the bridal party some privacy. There were some hiccups and Mother Monique went above and beyond to personally make sure all of our arrangements at both hotels went as planned
Met family members at the hotel (3 rooms) and had a wonderful time. The check in process was basic Marriott, but the personnel at the bar/restaurant were fantastic. Had drinks/appetizers first night, bartender was excellent. Breakfast both mornings were with Anthony who was great. Had after dinner drinks last night and Cynthia was terrific. Valet parking required, went well. No fitness center on-site, but you can use their sister hotel, the Alexandrian, 4 blocks down, or get a card for a fitness center about 3 blocks the other way. I was in a "corner King" which was nice, but the size of a normal Marriott. Daughter's room was small, but nice. Very charming hotel in an excellent location.
I really loved this hotel. It was lovely and welcoming, quiet but close to Old Town and all its amenities. The decor was a nice combination of period pieces with modern touches. Personal welcomes from each staff member. A lovely respite.