Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa in Alexandria, Va. completes $2.51M redesign

Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa in Alexandria, Virginia completes $2.51M whimsical redesign.
Monogram at BBGM led the guestroom, corridor and suite design concepts, while David Hill Design refreshed the living room and event space décor. Photo credit: Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa

The Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa in Old Town Alexandria, Va. has completed a $2.51-million redesign to the hotel’s 107 guestrooms (including 16 suites), outdoor terraces, hallway corridors, public areas, adjacent French brasserie Brabo, and 5,600 square feet of meeting, wedding and event space.

The redesign was conceived to blend Old Town Alexandria’s architectural details with contemporary twists, subdued colors and a touch of whimsy. Monogram at BBGM led the guestroom, corridor and suite design concepts, while David Hill Design refreshed the living room and event space décor.

Used for the renovation was a color palette of purples, copper, greys, blues and greens. There are also furnishings with modern twists and tailored details.


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Arriving at the hotel, guests step off King Street into a courtyard that leads to the hotel’s lobby, a space with Alexandria’s red brick found in the flooring, juxtaposed with slate floors and a wall of hand stacked slate. The lobby also has a Queen Anne-style reception desk and chandeliers.

The living room now has varied seating, nesting coffee tables and art pieces, while the hallway corridors have heritage-inspired wall detailing, new carpeting and three-dimensional focal art.

Keeping to the same ethereal color palette, the focal point of Lorien Hotel & Spa’s guestroom redesign is a Rorschach-inspired ombré wallcovering. The bed has wooden headboard, and accented with Frette linens, throw pillows and built-in frosted glass lighting. The rooms also have eggplant carpets and new furnishings including lounge chairs, task chairs and desks. The bathrooms have oversized barn doors made of opaque glass and grey stone vanities. Select bathrooms have claw foot bathtubs and Turkish rainfall showers.

The hotel’s Presidential and Diplomat Suites have parlors with sectional seating, reading chairs and bathrooms with spa rain showers. The Presidential Suite also has a dining set and wet bar. Many suites, including the Presidential and Diplomat Suites, have private terraces with views of Old Town, some as large as 700 square feet. The outdoor spaces have new couches and chairs.

For events, Lorien Hotel & Spa has nearly 5,600 square feet of space including access to private courtyards and terraces. This year, the hotel’s two function spaces also received décor upgrades with blue walls and Greek key patterned flooring.

The Liberty Room, the hotel’s largest space at 1,250 square feet, can be separated into two function spaces or used whole, accommodating up to 100 guests banquet style and up to 125 for receptions. The nearby Independence Room measures 730 square feet, and leads directly out to the open-air Freedom Terrace, an outdoor courtyard outside the hotel’s living room. The 756 square foot Freedom Terrace has ivy-covered trellis, chrome accents, oversized mirrors and in-ground fire feature.

Back in 2016, the hotel’s adjacent restaurant, Brabo, doubled the size of its bar. It now has more seating areas and natural lighting, new furniture, copper-accented lighting fixtures, and locally curated artwork.

Xenia Hotels and Resorts owns the Lorien Hotel & Spa.