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
- 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
We had a great time just drinking and eating and chatting with the Bartendress, Cynthia Thomas ... she made us feel at home and kept us entertained while she was performing her bartending duties.... highly recommended to stop by on a Fri Eve!!!
Situated in the heart of Old Town, this hotel has some idiosyncrasies. I stayed with a small group, and something was not working in every room. For example, two of the first three lights were out in my room, and they’d forgotten to clean the bathroom from the last guest. These problems were quickly rectified, and the friendliness of the staff made up for any slight inconvenience. Comfortable beds, quiet rooms, and a wonderful location. I felt lucky to stay there.
We have visited many Marriott hotels being a Rewards Member but this hotel is a hidden gem! What a lovely, quiet, immaculate hotel with the best staff ever. Everyone was so helpful and polite. It was a breathe of fresh air. Visited our daughter and it was just an amazing stay! Highly recommend it!
We were very excited about staying here, but we had a terrible experience and I would never return. The receptionist was incredibly rude and it was like pulling teeth trying to get any basic information out of her for simple things like information about wifi. She put us in what felt like the basement in a corner room that was disgusting, worn, and DIRTY and our window gave us a great view of a wall and cobwebs. I was shocked that we paid so much to stay in such a garbage place and that we were treated so poorly by the staff.
My wife and I had a rather mixed visit.
Here are several points.
Your reservationist talked us into a corner room with breakfast.
At your reception the greeting was adequately courteous but not warm. I think the young lady was not having an easy day.
Gave me my room card and sent me on up to discover it was not a corner room.
Why would you not have some warning system for her to avoid me discovering this?
I came back down and she said no such rooms were available.
As said in the Seinfeld show, you are good at taking the reservations just not god at keeping the reservations.
She did lend us an umbrella.
Your valet was friendly and prompt and seemed much more at ease.
No water in the room unless you wanted to pay $3.50 for a bottle.
No coffee maker.
A TV that insists on making you watch their movie ad.
After dinner we came back for a drink.
The lounge is I would say just OK.
Breakfast was Good and the young lady serving was quite pleasant.
Just overall, amenities were less than a middle of the road hotel.
Could be nice but just don’t have it together.