Photo Friday: New Lorien Hotel and Spa in Old Town Alexandria, VA

We just added the Lorien Hotel and Spa in Alexandria, Virginia to the Ciao Bambino portfolio. This hotel makes a great home-base for exploring the Washington DC area. This photo is of our excursion to Mt. Vernon — just a bike ride away from the Lorien!

In contrast to many suburbs that have strip malls and chain stores, Alexandria is steeped in history and loaded with beautiful, independently owned shops. For a list of our favorite activities, check out my recent Alexandria with Kids post on Delicious Baby.

As for the Lorien, this is a new Kimpton Hotel. It was designed by Vincente Wolfe, a famous New York designer, who really succeeded in combining historic aspects of the area with a modern, calming interior. This location is an excellent alternative to staying in the heart of DC — you have neighborhood feel with adorable shops and local activities, yet the property is only a 15-minute ride into DC on the metro. The Lorien offers luxurious amenities like the spa, but also fun ones like the Dream Menu where you can order different pillows (we tried buckwheat and water). Here’s a photo of my kids enjoying the BRABO Tasting Room restaurant at the hotel.

Read the complete family-friendly review of the Lorien Hotel and Spa. Explore more of this week’s Photo Friday posts on Delicious Baby.


  1. I love these articles Nancy! I see you with 4 kids traveling all around and am always inspired to get out there with my 2!

  2. We just got back from DC right before your article. But DC is now on our list to go back and visit whenever we can. So we will definitely look into the hotel in Alexandria. We stayed in Crystal City which is just a stop before King Street. We didn’t have enough time to explore Alexandria so next time we will have to put that in our itinerary.. 🙂

  3. It’s been years since I’ve been to Alexandria! Staying just a short bike ride away from Mt. Vernon sounds like a great way to go!

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