By Brooks Simmons - 07/06/11 11:11 PM EDT
Lorien Hotel & Spa provides a luxuriously modern twist to anyone’s experiences in Old Town Alexandria in Virginia.
Situated on the basement level of the Hotel Lorien, at 1600 King Street, the spa is a welcoming sea of blue and white hues that will entice any visitor into its relaxing accommodations.
Upon entering the spa, guests are warmly welcomed and directed to separate men’s and women’s locker rooms. Each locker room is equipped with a steam room, bathrooms and showers, as well as complimentary spa products.
Guests can enjoy spending unlimited time in the relaxation room prior to and after their spa appointments. The room is filled with tranquility in ambient colors, oversized lounging chairs and complimentary snacks and teas.
The spa features five treatment rooms in which guests can receive their spa services, and offers a Rejuvenating Caviar Dream Crème Facial as its signature service. This 80-minute facial hydrates, tones and rejuvenates the skin through the application of caviar and caviar-infused products to the face and neck. Mitkovic says this facial is usually targeted toward older customers who are interested in toning and revitalizing aging skin.
Though the caviar facial is the spa’s signature package, the most popular service with regulars is the Half Day Package, consisting of a classic Swedish massage, a European Deep Cleansing Facial and a manicure. The package lasts two and a half hours and comes with a complimentary spa gift.
“Customers choose the half day because when they book a package they usually want both a massage and facial, and the half day is something that offers them both,” Mitkovic said. “It also comes with a special gift, and I think they like that.”
This reporter chose the Hydration Facial because it is both cost-effective and a great way to protect skin from the intensity of heat during D.C.’s summer months. The 50-minute facial is customized to each guest’s skin type to balance and refresh skin from weather damage. It re-hydrates skin as the aesthetician massages various oils into the face and neck, featuring a lavender and aloe facemask that cools the face as it replenishes skin.
For customers who are looking for a quick escape from the office, Mitkovic recommends the Sampler Package, which includes an express massage, express facial and scalp massage in only an hour and 15 minutes.
“If you don’t have time, it takes just one hour and it’s really nice and you feel relaxed instantly,” Mitkovic said. “If you like a little bit of everything, the sampler package is a great way to experience that.”
She said the sampler package is perfect for an extended lunch break.
The Full Day Package is a great way for customers to spend the day at the Lorien. It includes all of the Lorien’s signature services, including the Lavender Dreams Ultimate Experience massage, the Sweet Dreams Aromatherapy Massage and the Rejuvenating Caviar Dream Crème Facial. This package also includes a complimentary lunch and spa gift.
Overall, the spa at the Hotel Lorien is a great way to escape from the stifling summer heat in the city.
“We have really nice setting here, and I think that is the most important thing. It doesn’t matter how big the spa is, but if the atmosphere and service is not good, customers aren’t going to enjoy themselves,” Mitkovic said.