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Connected to its surroundings, this hotel is woven into the fabric of its locale
COLONIAL MEETS CONTEMPORARY
In old town Alexandria, set on the banks of the Potomac river just ten miles from Washington, DC, the streets appear largely unchanged from its historic past. Blocks of federal-style townhouses – many built in the 18th and 19th centuries – line cobblestone streets, and those looking to wander can explore the area’s lively mix of restaurants, taverns, shops, and art galleries. Situated on a pretty residential street a block from bustling King Street (one of the city’s two main thoroughfares) sits Morrison House.
Guests arrive at Morrison House in grand fashion: by ascending a winding double staircase that opens into a warm and welcoming parlor complete with a fireplace and high-back chairs. The sturdy red-brick building was designed to mimic the Federal manor houses of old, and the feel of the boutique hotel is no different.
Each of the 45 guest rooms feature tasteful period décor with modern conveniences and design elements, such as bright blue accent chairs and geometric rugs. A literary touch can be found in the collage of open books behind the reception desk and the elegant in-room writing desks, while cushioned nooks in the lobby and a small library encourage guests to linger with a book or a sherry from the 18-seat bar. After a dinner of local favorites like Rappahannock oysters and cocktails that recall a bygone era at Ashlar restaurant, guests will see why Morrison House is Alexandria’s only AAA four-diamond hotel.
116 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA