This hotel seems typical of a trend to focus on design aesthetics over functionality and comfort. On the surface, everything looks great, but the longer you stay, the worse the experience. The "deluxe" king room was so small (and I am accustomed to small hotel rooms) that there was only room for one bedside table. The bathroom design is not for anyone who is reserved or wants privacy; aside from the sliding glass door issue that other reviewers commented on, the position of the furniture in our room was such that you could sit on the bed, and view the bathroom occupant in the full length glass mirror directly opposite.
If you are staying on the pet floor, then be prepared to hear barking in the adjacent rooms as well as varying size and color stains on the carpet in the hall, the source of which you would rather not consider.
Service was well meaning but not particularily effective. We had requested a quiet room, high floor, away from the elevators. The room we were assigned was right next to the elevator, and when we asked to be re-assigned to a quieter room, this was done promptly. However, it was directly over the private event rooms, and there was a wedding that evening, which meant that we were treated to an endless cycle of "La Bamba" at a level so loud that the floor vibrated. Fortunately, the reception ended at about 12:15, and we didn't come in until late, so we missed most of it, but it was not anyone's definition of quiet.
On the plus side, good location, comfy bed and good linens, free wine in the evening, and the breakfast in the restaurant was excellent. But overall, you can do much better unless you buy into the style over function philosophy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located in Old Town Alexandria, our luxury boutique hotel is a collaborative dream. Renowned interior designer Vicente Wolf created a space that is reflective of the past and grounded in modern sensibilities. Combined with the stylish calm of our spa, our destination restaurant, BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier, a striking environment and the amenities expected of a Kimpton Hotel, Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa unites the elegance of yesteryear with the comforts of modern-day living. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lorien Hotel Kimpton