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
- 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
We were visiting Universal Studios, Santa Monica, Hollywood, and location suited our needs for this. Many local restaurants nearby, very affordable hotel, friendly staff, Cassell's next door is a must also!
Located in heat of downtown, walking distance from a lot of attractions, shops, restaurants. As you walk in, a lounge with traditional furnishing greets you (dark brown, leather, wooden beams and walls). Really )different feel than some of the modern, renovated hotels. Everything's kept up, clean, managed well. Staff are super friendly and tries very hard to accommodate you. There're one or two things (bathroom could be a little bigger - a sink, a computer center would be nice) that would've been nice to have but nothing critical, in my mind. Again, very pleasant stay. Kudos to staff and management.
Nice room, clean, got a free glass of wine!
But lots of small problems. I asked for three wake up calls, they confirmed the calls, and they failed to give me one every single morning. The internet also conked out at a really inopportune time and the elevator was broken when I arrived. I had two heavy bags. Nobody offered to help me.
So good! But with issues
very helpful staff we recommend it to everyone...front lobby is cool full of history that the kids can learn from it. breakfast is free not most of the hotel does breakfast around the area. we have some concern but the manager is quick and address it right away.
Stayed for 3 nights there , Love the ambience. the elevator is a abit slow,
Continental breakfast , cold boiled eggs, I love the yogurt, we got very good mini croissant on the lst day,
wine bar for free from 4.30 til 6 pm. they serve good wine. Erick and Noval at the reception, very cooperative and nice to us.
Bed also comfortable, location in Korean Town, . we had a pleasant stay there.