Guide to Meeting & Event Planning in


Learn why you should host your next meeting, event or conference in Alexandria, Va.


Why Alexandria for Your Next Meeting or Event?

Travel Essentials
Taxes: Sales tax, 6%; hotel room tax, 8.5% plus $1.25; total tax on hotel rooms, 15.75%

Airport Transit: Ronald Regan Washington National Airport, 10 minutes from Old Town. Transfer by taxi, approximately $18; the airport is served by Uber and Lyft.

CVB: Visit Alexandria.

Alexandria, one of the oldest cities in the nation, is a stylish and foodie-forward destination filled with unique options for meetings groups. Old Town Alexandria, founded in 1749, is alive with more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside historic museums and the Potomac waterfront.

Local Update

Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa in Old Town Alexandria has completed a $2.5 million redesign of the hotel's 107 guest rooms, public spaces and Brabo restaurant. The property’s 5,600 square feet of meeting space has also been updated. The renovation earned the Kimpton a 2018 Stella Award.   

A landmark hotel is being restored to its roots after serving as an office building for decades. The George Mason, operated by Aparium Hotel Group, is in the heart of Alexandria’s historic district and will have 141 guest rooms, two restaurants, and both rooftop and outdoor dining. Opening day is set for 2020.

A new maritime history experience is coming to the Old Town Alexandria waterfront this year. The tall ship Providence will offer public tours, chartered cruises, educational programs and beer cruises presented in partnership with Alexandria’s Port City Brewing Co.

Group Venues

Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the nation’s largest collection of working-artists’ open studios. The venue’s versatile layout lends itself to an array of corporate events, live performances, trade expos and more. Flexible indoor and outdoor spaces can accommodate up to 1,000 guests.

The Aslin Beer Co., a small-batch brewery with a cult-like following, will move its headquarters to Alexandria’s West End this year. The new facility will have private event space and a 3,500-square-foot tasting room.