In Old Town Alexandria, the Kimpton Morrison House reopened with a brand new restaurant, ballroom, and renovated rooms. With 45 guest rooms and three suites, this is the smallest Kimpton hotel as well as Alexandria's only Four Diamond hotel for 30 consecutive years. Kimpton did not disclose the exact cost of the renovation to Curbed by press time.
According to a press release, the renovation was inspired by American literature classics, such as "The Great Gatsby" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." This inspiration led to artworks of books and a profile of Mark Twain throughout the hotel as well as amenities like a "lending library" and rotating list of classic novels that can be delivered to one's room. In the restaurant, called Ashlar Restaurant & Bar, there is enough room for 50 seats with Executive Chef Bobby Surdham serving Mid-Atlantic cuisine. The ballroom spans 985 square feet and can accommodate up to 80 guests.
Each of the guest rooms feature four-poster beds, orange tartan plaid carpeting, "playful artwork," floor-to-ceiling windows, and writing desks. In the bathrooms, there is Italian marble and glass standing showers. Upgraded rooms also come equipped with separate sitting rooms, decorative fireplaces, and hardwood floors, according to the press release.