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
Only spent one night at Morrison House while in town for work. It’s an ok place to stay. The hotel is beautiful and really has an old world ambiance. Valet parking only but they were responsive when I wanted my car. The location is fantastic! Just a block off King Street, so easy walk to tons of restaurants and shops. The room was nice and had both a desk and chair and two comfy chairs with a table. One real negative is the lack of open outlets in the room. Bathroom was very nice and modern with a shower only, no tub (at least I my room), which was fine. As a Marriott rewards member, I was a little disappointed to not have a lounge but the hotel does have a bar and restaurant. It offers delivery-to-room meal service with a limited but varied menu. Also, the hotel has no gym. You have to go to another hotel to use their gym. It is a per friendly hotel. It is 0.7 mile walk to the King Street Metro Station. Overall it’s a decent hotel in a great location from which to explore Alexandria.
The General Manager and his staff with whom we interacted were professional, friendly, helpful and represented the Morrison House and Marriott in excellent fashion.
Morrison House is very well maintained and we felt totally comfortable staying there.
Very well located for both D.C. and Alexandria.
We had a GREAT stay!
I sure wish I could review the actual physical hotel, but we never were able to set foot in there, sooo...
When we made reservations for Morrison House, we also considered The Alexandrian, but we liked Morrison House better, so that's what we chose for my birthday weekend.
A few days before the reservations, I got a phone call from THE ALEXANDRIAN. Morrison House has moved our reservation because they had a buy out. No choice in the matter at all.
We then proceeded to have a horrible stay at The Alexandrian (see my review).
Think I'm done with BOTH of these hotels