Morrison House, a Kimpton Hotel
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... into the Museum of Space and flight and, wow, I was in space nerd heaven. The exhibits for the most part were the real item, encased in Perspex, like, the actual Apollo 11 command module, a Mercury Capsule, A Gemini capsule. Suspended from the roof were all sorts of famous aircraft including the Bell X-1, "Glamorous Glennis", which was the plane Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in. We wandered around heaps of exhibits, which also included the original Wright Brothers flyer. ...
... and how to hide in plain site. There was also another section where you crawl through air ducts, see all the James Bond villains, see props from the movies and see one of the original James Bond Austin Martin cars that came with all of the special tools to get out of a high speed chase intact. To complete the mission at the end we were able to buy tools at the spy museum gift shop. There were disguises, listening devices, handcuffs, mustaches, books and ...
... know we used to print bills as large as $100,000. And I knew they didn't use all paper in our bills, but I didn't know they used no paper. It's 30% linen and 70% cotton. As I said, a truly fascinating tour. After the obligatory purchases in the gift shop, we headed the 3-4 blocks to our next destination for the day; the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
We walked the roughly four blocks to the museum. Upon entry ...
... they are all very impressive and because of film and TV I had already seen them all before! But they were impressive.
Did I mention that it was wet and cold? It was, and we just about the only tourists at all the memorials we visited. The six hour was completed in five. I had lunch with Monica Weisul, the sole America. Monica is former state representative in the Louisiana House of Representatives and I had enjoyable conversation with her ...
... house yet so that is on the hit list for today.
Now comes the great walk of our trip, we needed to buy us Sim cards for our phones so we didn't rack up massive roaming charges, do you think we could find a store?. Long story short, by thjie time we made it back to our hotel room at about 3pm we had walked at least 10Miles, and that was just using Google maps for the roads, we think we walked at least 20k that first day. But, we now have us Sims :-)
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Historical Traveler Reviews Morrison House, a Kimpton Hotel Alexandria
One of the best places I have ever stayed. The staff is excellant. The staff met our every need.
The rooms were very pretty and very comfortable. Reasonably priced. I booked directly with them.
Dinner was excellant. You must dine there if you are planning to stay in the area. Dinner is a bit pricey but worth the money. (This coming from a cheapskate)
Friends told me a stay at the Morrison House would be a wonderful experience. It fulfilled their promises and my expectations. From the moment arrived, I was "attended to". I arrived early and was served a beverage while waiting for my room. The "in-room" check-in was brief and efficient. The room was clean and comfortable. The restaurant was excellent and even responded well to special requests. I absolutely loved the weekend piano bar. It was a true joy just to sing with others. Those present ranged in skill from a tenor who had sung with the Met, to a genuine actress, to folks like me with rusty; but willing, vocal chords. The Morrison House is not a hotel -- it is an extraordinary experience. Even when I've been booked at other hotels, for business reasons -- I've gone back to the Morrision House just to visit and experience the ambiance and the music.
This is a lovely, small boutique hotel in Old Town Alexandria. The staff is very friendly, formal, but not stuffy. The rooms are well appointed and comfortable - go for the deluxe instead of the superior rooms and request that you will not be next to or across from the housekeeping closet (very noisy). About 8 blocks from the metro and 8 blocks from the river front. Only mild complaint was that while the concierge tried to be helpful, they seemed inexperienced and not "up" on the local (Alexandria and D.C.) attractions.
Friendly, clean, beautiful, service oriented, great food, good bar, intimate, wonderful.
Will stay every time I'm in DC
My wife and I read all the reviews of this hotel so we decided to stay there. Our first problem with the hotel was when we got there early because of an early flight. The front desk did not want us there till 3:00 pm. We told her that we would fetch breakfast and walk around till 3 because it seemed we inconvinced her. She broke down and gave us a room but might get charged another night because of early check-in. The room was great after putting up the front desk. Our second problem was that the front desk was now the coniecierge in the evening. She gave us wrong directions to a movie theather. Instead of 7 blocks it was two and half miles away. She could of told us to take a metro that was a half block from theather. The hotel did redeem itself with excellent room service, bar, and dinner. I tip my hat to the entire staff except that one person who almost ruined my vacation.
We just spent our first night as a married couple in the best five star hotel in the world! After our wedding we just wanted to relax. And that's what the Morrison House delivered! To be wisked away right from the Valet straight to your room is the best! The check-in process is doen in your room! The Champange and Strawberries were a nice touch. As someone stated earlier, the bed is wonderfully comfortable! As a frequent traveler, I can tell you that I will be hard pressed to find a more attentive staff than that at the Morrision House. See you on our anniversary!
We had a wonderful stay here at New Years 2003/4. The funishing remind me so much of Europe. Best bed my wife and I have ever slept on!
Fantastic dedicated staff. I was overchared on my bill and at checkout in error I signed my Visa $85 too much. Not a problem, when I called they immediately credited my Visa. Now that is honesty and integrity! I would never stay anywhere else when in the DC area!!
Morrison House has never disappointed in ten years of visits. From its elegant and understated building (simple brass nameplate, "Peaceful Kingdom" relief in the courtyard) to its attentive yet unobtrusive service, Morrison House is an experience beyond the usual corporate hotel. Ahmed, the bartender in the cozy bar seems to remember everybody. The Thursday evenings around the piano are not to be missed, and breakfast is an experience. This hotel is a treasure.
I stayed at this R & C Inn for a night in January 2003 to meet up with some old friends. It was mostly vacant on a cold, post-holiday weekend and they leave the doors open to vacant rooms for a peek. A really nice touch and highly individualized rooms. Suites are in the middle, while luxury rooms are at a far end away from the elevators. I had a luxury room on the top floor with a gorgeous canopied bed (frette linens or course) and Baccarat chandelier and sconces. The decor was luxurious, sophisticated (modern), and dare I say charming (but not in a doillies and Queen Anne's lace kind of way). My bag was procured and I was whisked to my room upon taking the first step to the front door. They didn't even need to ask who I was or stop at the front desk, like they had been waiting for me for days. Bottles of water and a note pleading to call the butler for anything were always present. Dinner at Elysium was inventive and attentive. The chef came to my table, explained the evening's ingredients (many difficult to get), asked my preferences and whipped up a seven-course meal. Each course was imaginitive and sophisticated. To top the evening, I had drinks with friends in the inn's pub. It was very lively, with a pianist, and packed with Washington socialites singing show tunes. The room next to mine, which was empty at midnight, was occupied in the morning, attesting to the romantic nature of the inn.Overall excellent for a romantic getaway or visiting Olde Town Alexandria. Service and decor were excellent, especially considering the tough year the industry has had. The receptionist should not answer the phones like a European inn, its obtrusiveness detracts. If they can keep up the attentiveness during busy time, you can't go wrong here.
Morrison House exudes friendly charm
Simply said the Morrison House was outstanding. I arrived from London, the door opened, the bulter took my bags, and escorted me to my room. "Are you tired Sir? If so, you can come back downstairs and check-in whenever you wish". Now that is nice. The decor and furnishings are superb in the Federalist style for old town Alexandria. Courtesy and efficiency were demonstrated each and every day of the visit. Each evening the bed was turned over, chocolates and the menu for the next day placed on the comforter. I did not have the time to dine in the restaurant but I plan to do so on my next trip. The charm of old Europe in the center of old town. Well done to all members of the Morrison House family!