REVIEW

The Normandy Hotel

Echoing the cosmopolitan flavor of its neighborhood, the hotel’s decor displays the hand of high-end designers, with rich fabrics and classic but contemporary furnishings.

By Nora Krug, Monday, Feb 28, 2011, 2:00 PM

(Courtesy Normandy Hotel)

The Normandy Hotel

About this Hotel

Price From $159

’Hood Secluded but not isolated, the Normandy is located amid stately row houses and embassies in the exclusive Kalorama neighborhood. It’s about a 10-minute walk to Dupont Circle, with its constellation of chic restaurants, shops, and galleries.

The Vibe Echoing the cosmopolitan flavor of its neighborhood, the hotel’s decor displays the hand of high-end designers, with rich fabrics and classic but contemporary furnishings. The lobby is more like a living room, with quiet spots by the fireplace, books, and a lovely glassed-in terrace (heated in winter) where you can enjoy free wine and cheese from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. daily—or coffee, tea, and a complimentary cookie in the afternoon.

Rooms Renovated in 2009, this is no cookie-cutter hotel: Not every room is decorated the same, but they all feel lush and grand. And for a little taste of Europe, the in-room coffee maker is a top-of-the line espresso machine.

Plus Parking is $25 per night, lower than many hotels in the area. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, guests enjoy free access to the outdoor swimming pool at the nearby Hilton.

Minus Breakfast is a pricey $16.95 per person for an extended continental buffet. Not all rooms have tubs, and the gym is off-site at their sister property The DuPont Hotel.

Free Wi-Fi? Yes.

Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, Discover, MC, Visa.

Details Rates tend to be lower on weekends and in low seasons, like late-summer.

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