What We Love
- Guests will receive a 25 percent discount at iconic LA restaurant Cassell's Burgers
- 1920s grandeur, with a multimillion-dollar renovation
- Some of the best authentic Koreatown BBQ is right around the corner
- Personal service, including framed placards that highlight each concierge’s background, interests and favorite local restaurants
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- No onsite gym, but they'll give you free passes to the nearby Wilfit Sports Club
- The hotel is incredibly close to the Wiltern, a popular music venue, which can draw in younger, lively crowds on weekends
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
The Renaissance Revival Hotel Normandie debuted in 1926 to rave reviews thanks to the starchitect team of Walker and Eisen (of Beverly Wilshire and United Theatre fame). The glam dame is now welcoming guests into a new era after a multimillion-dollar renovation. Many of the original design elements were left in place, including the signature neon rooftop sign and exposed brick façade. The hotel knows how to make an entrance: In the lobby a crystal chandelier casts a soft glow on the checkerboard floor, Persian rugs, double-height fireplace and baby grand piano. Upstairs the look is decidedly modern. The rooms rock birdcage motif wallpaper, pinstripe shower curtains, flat-screen TVs, WiFi, and an in-room coffeemaker with Starbucks brews, while rich hardwood floors and a few retro details nod to the building’s past—it’s the perfect combo of old and new. The property houses the permanent digs of cult pop-up favorite Le Comptoir, by chef Gary Menes, as well as local classic Cassell’s Burgers. Epicureans can also dive into the culinary playground that is Koreatown, or take a short drive to hip nearby ’hoods Silverlake and Downtown.
In the Area
Decompress at the 24-hour Wi Spa, where you can get a sauna or massage and then shake the jet lag with a hot/cold plunge. Then stop for some grog at local favorite the HMS Bounty, a dive bar that looks like an old British ship. If you’re after craft brews and gastropub fare, Beer Belly and its duck fat fries will hit the spot. Better yet, grab some high-quality Korean barbecue at the ultra-slick Genwa, then take in a show at the Wiltern, an Art Deco landmark that also happens to host some of the best concerts in the city. If you’ve still got the energy, round out the night with a song or two at the Brass Monkey, where the karaoke crowd is loud and proud.
How to Get There
Stayed here for a couple of nights and really liked the hotel. It is not a luxury hotel but is a VERY nice historic hotel that is very comfortable and very friendly. It is an older hotel and charmingly shows its age, but this in no way takes away from a high quality experience.
The rooms are very large and have comfortable beds, good linens and high quality toiletries. The hotel offers a free wine tasting every evening and a complimentary continental breakfast. The wine tasting was very nice — decent wine and allowed you to relax in the lobby.
Please note that the breakfast was the low point of my stay — very basic, poor coffee, and the breakfast room was big but barren with cardboard boxes lining one wall. If I was the hotel, I wouldn’t even offer the continental — just wasn’t that good and I skipped it the second morning.
The location was good and only a block away from the Metro. Parking was a bit steep ($38.50) but probably consistent with pricing in the area. All in all a very nice stay.
The Hotel Normandie has been the only thing I have enjoyed in LA. At least I leave with one good memory. The room and bathroom were spacious, comfortable and clean. The only issue I had was that the bedroom curtains didn’t completely close and the gap let in enough outside light throughout the night which had a negative impact on sleeping.
The best part of the hotel is the staff. They are all just fabulous - friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Congrats on a great team.
Thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Hotel Normandie. This hotel is a beautiful slice of history in the heart of Koreatown. The bed was so soft and comfortable. The shower had amazing pressure and the soap/ lotion the hotel offers is top notch. Everything was cleaned to perfection and we felt so so comfortable. The hotel also offers a complimentary Continental Breakfast in the morning and a Wine Reception in the evening. The staff is kind and considerate and really make you feel at home. Thank you for an amazing night sleep!!!