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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kimpton Morrison House in Alexandria, Virginia Reopens After Multimillion-Dollar Renovation
In Old Town Alexandria, Kimpton’s award-winning boutique hotel reveals modern literary-inspired décor, new restaurant and additional event space

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Reservations questions can be directed to
talktous@kimptongroup.com

For press queries, please contact:

Jaclyn Randolph
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
(202) 466-1306
jaclyn.randolph@kimptonhotels.com

Julie Marshall
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
202-939-6454
julie.marshall@kimptonhotels.com


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Alexandria, VA, April 20, 2016
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants announced today the reopening of Kimpton Morrison House after extensive renovations and the debut of adjacent Ashlar Restaurant and Bar. Located in the heart of historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia just steps from bustling King Street and just six miles from downtown Washington, D.C., Kimpton Morrison House is a stylish boutique hotel renowned for its award-winning service as Alexandria’s only Four Diamond hotel for 30 consecutive years. With whimsical, literary-inspired design to all public spaces, hallway corridors and guest rooms and suites as well as the addition of a new restaurant and ballroom, the 45-key hotel creates an elevated experience for in-the-know travelers with its unique style and warm, personalized services as one of northern Virginia’s top hotels.

Words on Water Design
The hotel’s new design, brought to life by David Hill of Los Angeles-based DH Designs, was inspired by beloved American literary masterpieces set on and around water – a modern take on Morrison House’s original bookish concept that also incorporates the hotel’s close proximity to the banks of the Potomac River. Guests will be welcomed with whimsical, progressive designs featuring botanical and water elements and original artwork inspired by the storytelling in beloved classics from “The Great Gatsby” to “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Nods to local tradition include incorporations of signature tartan plaids – a tribute to Alexandria’s rich Scottish heritage. With these touch points, Hill alludes to the romance, mystery and poetic allure of Old Town Alexandria, named one of the most romantic and well-read cities in America.

Upon entering the hotel, guests are greeted by a bright grassy green hue reminiscent of walls found at Carlyle House, a historic former mansion house in Old Town. The entryway was opened up to create more engaging spaces where guests can easily flow from check-in to the cozy parlor room to the bar in one connected space. The parlor beckons with soft dove gray walls, modern wingback chairs and long banquettes with tabletop checkerboards that encourage conversation, making it especially inviting for Kimpton’s hosted evening wine hour. A custom central rug is patterned to resemble reflections of trees on a river, and a contemporary art piece featuring a profile of author Mark Twain hangs above the original decorative marble fireplace.

Behind the bureau-like reception desk with mismatched antique style drawers in the main hall hangs a stunning signature art piece commissioned for Kimpton Morrison House. The work, crafted by Ricky Alvarez of Tinto Creative, showcases the hotel’s literary and water theme with a bespoke collage of open books layered one on top of another with swirling textured gold leaf painted atop the antique books to resemble water flowing down a river. Books used for the piece were meticulously sourced titles from antique book dealers that focus on regional stories and originated from libraries and archives in the Potomac and capital regions.

Ashlar Restaurant & Bar
A new upscale neighborhood tavern and cocktail bar, the 50-seat Ashlar Restaurant and Bar brings a rustic-meets-fine dining approach to Mid-Atlantic cuisine from Executive Chef Bobby Surdham. Named for the “perfect ashlar” symbolizing a high degree of mason mastery, Ashlar Restaurant and Bar pays homage expert craftsmanship through a menu that includes dishes such as snapper crudo with jalapeno, spring onion, and baby beet chips and Port City beer braised pork cheeks with pickled maitake natural jus. The beverage program draws inspiration from Alexandria’s founding in 1749 with spirits reminiscent of that time like rum, madeira and sherry, as well as a wide array of local Virginia whiskey, beer and wine. Ashlar Restaurant and Bar provides all private dining for meetings and special events held at Kimpton Morrison House as well as 24-hour room service to all guest rooms.

Guest Rooms & Services
The hotel’s 45 sophisticated guest rooms, including three signature suites, incorporates refined finishes that could be seen in a classic row home, accented with friendly pops of color that inspire. Modern takes on traditional touches include modified four-poster beds, geometric flora and fauna artwork, orange tartan plaid carpet, plus rounded armchairs and playful artwork in bright cerulean blues add to the playfulness of an otherwise sophisticated space. Natural light abounds from floor-to-ceiling windows dressed with Roman shades, streaming across large writing desks ideal for delving into a new novel or catching up on the day’s work. All guest rooms have luxe Italian marble bathrooms, some with large glass standing showers, and upgraded room types feature separate sitting rooms, decorative fireplaces and hardwood floors.

Along with new literary-inspired design, Kimpton Morrison House will debut new signature services and amenities to further enhance guests’ experiences:

Silent Reading Hour – Each Sunday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., cell phones give way to more analog entertainment as Kimpton Morrison House invites both guests and locals to crack open their favorite book or read one from the hotel’s lending library for an entire hour of silence.

The Last Word Menu – A luxury at most hotels, turndown service is a necessity at Kimpton Morrison House. Upon arrival, guests can select their preferences from The Last Word Menu for a personalized turndown service, including choice of scented pillow sprays, fine chocolates, and a rotating list of classic novels to be delivered before bed.

Meetings & Events
An intimate, yet striking venue, Kimpton Morrison House plays host to corporate meetings, weddings and social events of up to 100 guests with finesse. The hotel features over 2,800 square feet of event space, including the Chapter Boardroom and newly added 985 square foot Watermark Ballroom and prides itself on hosting some of the region’s most elegant yet approachable events. Ideal for weddings and events of up to 80 guests, the Watermark Ballroom features tones of celadon, silvers and grays, a feature wall with elegant heron wallpaper and hand painted gold leaf accents, 10-foot-high ceilings, natural light and a modern interpretation of Colonial hand hooked rugs in a custom diamond pattern. Best for small meetings and private dinners, the Chapter Boardroom accommodates up to 25 and features distinguished wood paneled walls with mid-century lighting accents and modern brass shelves stocked with books.

Other Morrison House guest amenities include Kimpton brand favorites such as the Forgot It? We’ve Got It! menu of travel essentials, mini bars with local, healthful and organic options, complimentary Wi-Fi for Kimpton Karma Rewards members, complimentary morning coffee and tea service in the hotel’s living room, hosted evening wine hour daily, and health-minded wellness options, such as complimentary custom PUBLIC Bike rentals and Gaiam yoga mats in every room for use during guests’ stays.

ABOUT KIMPTON MORRISON HOUSE
Kimpton’s Morrison House is conveniently located in historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia within walking distance of the area’s renowned array of charming antique stores, art galleries, boutique shops, museums, restaurants, and the waterfront. A striking reproduction of an 18th century Federal manor house, Morrison House is a classic respite as seen through a contemporary lens. The hotel features 45 modern guest rooms with three signature suites, over 2,800 square feet of meeting and event space including a new 985 square foot ballroom, an upscale neighborhood tavern and cocktail bar, Ashlar Restaurant and Bar, and all the amenities that Kimpton Hotels are known for including complimentary morning coffee and tea, hosted nightly wine hour, yoga mats, bikes and pet-friendly programming. Kimpton Morrison House is located at 116 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. For additional information, visit www.morrisonhouse.com, follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/morrisonhouse or call 703-838-8000.

ABOUT KIMPTON HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is a leading brand of boutique hotels and restaurants and the acknowledged industry pioneer that first introduced the boutique hotel concept to the United States. In 1981, Bill Kimpton founded the company that today is renowned for making travellers feel genuinely cared for through thoughtful perks and amenities, bold, playful design and a sincerely personal style of guest service. Out to help people live full, balanced lives, Kimpton aims to inspire with touches like yoga mats in every room, complimentary coffee and tea to start the day, hosted evening Wine Hour, in-room fitness programming and complimentary bike rentals. The award-winning restaurants and bars are led by talented chefs and bartenders that offer guests a chance to dine like a local.

Kimpton is consistently ranked as one of the top companies in the Market Metrix Hospitality Index, Upper Upscale Segment, for Customer Satisfaction. The company is highly-regarded for its innovative employee culture and benefits and has been named a FORTUNE magazine “Best Place to Work” seven times since 2009. Kimpton is continuously growing and currently operates over 60 hotels and 70 plus restaurants, bars and lounges in 30 U.S. cities. In January 2015, Kimpton was welcomed into the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) family of hotel brands, bringing together two special cultures and sets of values to create the world's largest boutique hotel business. For more information, visit www.KimptonHotels.com.

 

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MEDIA CONTACTS

Reservations questions can be directed to
talktous@kimptongroup.com

For press queries, please contact:

Jaclyn Randolph
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
(202) 466-1306
jaclyn.randolph@kimptonhotels.com

Julie Marshall
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
202-939-6454
julie.marshall@kimptonhotels.com