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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
The reception was ok and friendly. The room was not the biggest ever but acceptable. The breakfast was really not good, they should stop offering it, we went to an hotel next door to have breakfast. The WiFi was not working well in our room, but our room was located in the far end and it was simple a WiFi extender which was missing, since it was working well in the hallway. Anyway 2019 without proper WiFi in the room is not done.
I wanted to like this hotel, but there were a number of small things that added up to disappointment. I was a little taken aback in the lobby, since the front desk was basically two employees at a table (think of a table set up outside of a grocery store with people seeking donations). Other issues included no outlet near the bed to charge a cell phone (I had to move a mattress and unplug the clock to get access to power). The coffee maker was for espresso only and the coffee was two little pods. I really want my coffee in the morning and just a tiny cup of strong espresso isn't what I was hoping for. I also had trouble getting hot water at the sink. I never could and gave up because i felt so guilty letting the water run for so long. Also, the sink is huge and takes up all the space in the area, leaving no room to put toiletries a hair brush, etc. Things kept falling on the floor because the tiny shelves weren't suited to the task. It's too bad because this hotel has potential, but it wasn't worth the price, in my estimation.
Nice boutique hotel approximately 15 minute drive to the historic monuments. Clean room, attentive staff. Early check in upon request. Only negative is parking in the area is nearly impossible. The hotel was able to squeeze our car in the valet but it is not a guarantee so don't count on it. Parking costs $40/night. If they don't have parking available then they will offer you to park at the Hilton located a few blocks away (inconvenient if you ask me). Although we did not eat, breakfast is $14.99/pp for adults and $7.99/kids. Would reconsider staying here again for a future Washington DC stay.