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"Wonderful boutique hotel in Old Town Alexandria"
Located on the "upper" end of King St. in Old Town, the Kimpton Lorien was wonderful and in a great location. Large room with very large "rain shower" bath was quite comfortable. Very easy to get up and down King St. via the free trolley. Easy walk to the Metro to take you into DC. Their complimentary wine hour offered cabernet and chardonnay and some of the best pizza I've ever eaten!! Three types of pizza, all on very thin, crisp crust. Having had that, we never needed an appetizer when we went to dinner later in the evening. Front desk service was always very helpful. Brabo main dining room was closed for renovation. Breakfasts were memorable in the Brabo Tasting Room--unique, high-quality options and outstanding service. Free wifi. Valet parking is $30 per day.
The hotel from my impressions on the outside and website seemed more cozy and warm than was my actual impression when in the room. The room was in ok condition, felt a bit cold from the design, being a strange mix of modern furniture including a desk surface made out of a concrete slab, all in an old, seemingly historic building. A vent or duct behind the air-condition gave a continuing hiss which was a bit annoying at bedtime. Otherwise the stay was ok, service at front-desk was helpful most of the time. Internet speed was good and Wifi was free for loyalty club members (free membership), but with ridiculous prices for non-members.
"Boutique hotel with great restaurant"
If you are visiting Alexandria, or a conference at National Harbor, this is modern hotel, tucked behind the street. This hotel attracts a younger crowd, the rooms are good size and bathroom with lots of counter space. The highlight is the restaurant out front which is associated with the hotel, Brabo, seats about 30, and the food is very good. I was here for a conference at the Gaylord in National Harbor, and glad I could not get a room there and ended up in Alexandria. You can walk from the hotel to the river in about 20-30 minutes, and lots of unique local shops, restaurants along the way.
This place is really slipping. I loved it for previous visits, but the hallways are dirty, the bathroom sliding glass doors in the rooms have been replaced by cheesy curtains and worst of all, apparently the mother of the bride at a reception in the hotel threw up in the elevator and on the third floor carpet. The cleaning staff could not seem to figure out that vinegar takes the smell away. I was there for five nights and the place still smelled of vomit when I left. Ugh. Also, the coffee in the lobby was horrendous. Pass on this place unless you go to Brabo (closed when we were there.)
I've stayed at a lot of Kimpton hotels and love them. Unfortunately, this hotel is not up to par with the Kimpton brand. At check in they had trouble with our room and had to have a supervisor figure it out. The room itself was ok but the bathroom didn't have a door, it had a curtain! I was staying with my wife and she was not happy at all. We asked for a coffee maker and it took a request at the desk and two calls to get one. In the morning when I called for my car, I gave them 20 minutes and the valet had still not been told to go get it. Kimptons are great, this one is just a dressed up Holiday Inn.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard - American Express - Diners Club - Japan Credit Bureau (JCB) - Discover
Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM