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Best Boutique Hotels for Exploring Historic Alexandria

Though it’s best known for being one of the most affluent suburbs of Washington, D.C., Alexandria is also a beautiful Virginia town with plenty to offer visitors within its city limits.

Experience the slower pace of life in this historic city by staying in one of the many boutique hotels in Alexandria designed to help you relax and make you feel welcome in this southern city. Then head out to explore the Old Town, stroll down the waterfront, see historic Carlyle House, or take a day trip to George Washington’s beautiful Mount Vernon estate.

Between the historic sites, beautiful architecture, and delicious dining scene, Alexandria is a destination you won’t forget.

Lorien Hotel and Spa, a Kimpton Hotel

If you want to indulge in some grade-A pampering, book a room at the Lorien Hotel and Spa, a Kimpton Hotel. Take advantage of the hotel’s full-service spa, 24-hour fitness center, award-winning dining options, and wine and cheese tasting at the Brabo Tasting Room. Best of all, the soothing, spacious rooms with large luxurious bathrooms and sitting areas with writing desks start at $135 a night, giving you a great value for your money. When you want to explore your surroundings, you’re just a short walk from King Street with its multiple entertainment and shopping options. Final tip: travelers with pets can bring them along for the ride at Lorien Hotel and Spa!

Kimpton Morrison House

Right in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, the historic and pet-friendly Kimpton Morrison House has 45 guest rooms with poster beds and mahogany touches. This replica of an old Federal-style mansion still includes modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs and in-room spa services to help you relax. At night, order room service from The Grille Restaurant downstairs or explore the surrounding cobblestone streets to discover some great cuisine.

Red Roof PLUS Washington DC – Alexandria

The Red Roof PLUS Washington DC – Alexandria is one of the most budget-friendly Hipmunk hotels in the Alexandria area. Though standard rooms start at $94 a night, the rooms are still comfortable and high-quality, with free Wi-Fi to keep you connected, premium bedding to give you a great night’s sleep, and a flat-screen TV for entertainment. Families will love this hotel, since it’s close to charming Alexandria and museum-filled Washington, and kids under 17 can stay for free.

Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria

Rooms at the Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria include top-quality bedding, Wi-Fi, and a comfortable workspace. Just a few minutes away from historic Alexandria attractions like Carlyle House and Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, this boutique hotel is also relatively close to Washington and its international airport. If you’re looking for a room with a view, an upgrade at the hotel will get you stunning views of the Potomac River.

The Westin Alexandria

The Westin Alexandria is right on the town’s beautiful waterfront in the trendy Carlyle area, and is only a couple of miles away from Old Town, with a free shuttle service to get guests to the historic area. When not exploring the city, enjoy the hotel’s on-site American dining options, gym, heated indoor pool, and spacious, light-filled rooms with flat-screen TVs and workspaces.

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I'm an actress and travel blogger in Los Angeles. Activites: Writing, taking photos, traveling, exploring, getting in trouble. Addictions: music, coffee, Greece, road trips, the ocean, steaks. I have not yet heard of a single place in this world I didn't want to travel to and explore immediately.

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