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
Very comfortable hotel in the heart of Old Town. Very convenient to shops, restaurants and waterfront. Walking distance to catch the Metro into DC. Rooms recently updated. Sam at the front desk was very helpful with directions and recommendations. Only negative...since this Sunday was chilly and rainy we were looking forward to a nice leisurely brunch however when arriving to the dining room shortly before 10am we were informed that the kitchen was closed. The only option was a setup in the bar with cold cereal, fruit and a toaster for us to make our own toast. Needless to say we ventured out into the pouring rain in search of a decent brunch. Otherwise we really enjoyed our stay
Gotta day the change in ownership definitely shows. It was our first time back at the Morrison House since it was no longer owned by Kimpton and things have changed.
Friendly front desk staff
Literally “out” of any food item ordered. At bar and some items at breakfast. Total bummer
Rooms are worn - A/C control removed from wall and wired to unit
If you hadn’t stayed when it was a Kimpton, you may not have noticed the changes. Still a decent 3 star if that’s what you’re looking for.
This hotel is just off King which provides easy access to restaurants, bars, etc, and still maintains a quiet feel....but may be too quiet for some. At times, I felt I was the only guest staying at the property which could be a pro or con depending on what you’re looking for. However, service staff was attentive, friendly, and catered to needs. Also, no onsite gym but you are provided access to The Alexandrian’s gym or Snap Fitness (complimentary access; I recommend the latter). Overall, a positive experience.