The Normandy Hotel
What We Love
- Hidden gem on a residential street in one of DC’s prettiest neighborhoods just blocks from Dupont Circle
- Free wine, cheese and fruit served nightly in the library-style lobby
- Efficient, knowledgeable and very polite staff
What To Know
- A 14.5 percent room tax per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- No restaurant and no room service
- Parking is $34 per day, and the closest metro station is a 10-minute walk
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
For a taste of Old World Europe and the 21st-century sensibilities required by a diplomat, check out this jewel on a residential street in the embassy district. Renovated in 2009, The Normandy is basic but elegant as embodied in the tasteful chocolate brown-accented library lounge. All the better for enjoying free end-of-day drinks, cheese and sweets by the fireplace with an international crowd.
Bed and Bath
Views of tree-lined Wyoming Avenue make up for slightly diminutive digs; their petiteness is accentuated by the relatively enormous bathrooms, kitted out with marble tiling and such ultra-21st-century perks as undersink lights and showers with spa heads and seats. Rooms mix old and new with a masculine palette of chocolate, beige and baby blue. First edition replicas of Charles Dickens and decades of Life magazine grace nightstands, country print wall paper complements decor that includes antique strawberry velvet slipper chairs and boxy silver lamps.
An exceptional free wine and cheese hour for guests is served nightly. The atmosphere is cozy and usually international — the proximity to the world’s embassies means a lot of diplomatic guests and languages at the nightly spirits, sweets, crackers and fromage spread by the fireplace in the cozy library common area. In the morning, continental breakfast is served for a fee in the same environs.
How to Get There
This hotel is perfectly tucked away off DuPont circle. It’s very quaint and cozy. I did not think the breakfast was worth $12. It’s less than continental as far as choices in my opinion. After riding on the old elevator that is dark and has a funny smell, I was pleasantly surprised by the condition of my room. It was not huge room, the queen size bed took up most of it. There was a small wet bar area, desk and club chair. The bathroom was nice, but didn’t have really good ventilation. Some of the cons are as a result of the building being old. My room was on the 5th floor, so it was really annoying when my key card randomly deactivated about 3 times during my stay. I’m aware of not to keep the key near my phone, so I didn’t. The staff was SUPER nice. I would stay here again.
We always look forward to our visits to DC and staying at the Normandy. The hotel lobby has been updated and we were welcomed by a friendly and efficient staff. It is a quiet atmosphere yer within walking distance to great dining choices and the metro.
I love to support small, non-chain businesses that do things right. This charming hotel is located in Kalorama, just off Connecticut and easy walking distance to Adams Morgan and the Dupont Circle metro. Tons of interesting restaurants nearby for just about every taste and budget. The staff is awesome, too!
This was my 3rd year staying at the Normandy Hotel while attending a large conference at a very large hotel around the corner. I love it for its European charm, and for its quiet rooms. Although I am visiting in August (very hot and humid in DC), I also love the sunken patio out front, which is perfect for enjoying the complimentary wine and cheese served each weekday evening.
Hotel was very conveniently located for the conference I was attending. Room was roomy for two and comfortable. Wish there had been a soda machine available, though as I was thirsty after getting back to the room and hadn't thought to bring anything back with me to drink.