If you’re looking for a sophisticated boutique hotel in downtown DC that is close to the action without being in the action, consider The Normandy Hotel. Tucked away on Wyoming Avenue, NW. just off of Connecticut Avenue, in the Kalorama neighborhood, The Normandy feels more secluded than it actually is. Surrounded by grand townhouses, art deco apartment buildings, and a few embassies, the hotel sits on a quiet street, but is mere blocks away from the many restaurants, shops and high energy of Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan.
When we checked in we were immediately encouraged by the manager to visit the loungey living room for their evening event; a wine and cheese spread—on the house. We did and it was an ideal way to unwind and enjoy the surroundings—comfy couches and chairs in private corners, a fireplace, and very relaxed staff who respect your privacy.
What really endeared me to this hotel is that it is elegant but not stuffy. It is casual with a subtle Euro-chic feel but in an unpretentious way. The European aura is no surprise as the hotel is part of the Doyle Group which operates hotel properties in the U.K. and Ireland.
Our room was quite small but cozy and quiet. With long-arm reading lights, an espresso machine, complimentary WiFi, and large screen TV, it was easier to forget how small the room was. The bathroom was also pretty small but had a spacious, walk-in shower. We especially appreciated the thick, oversized bath towels. The most annoying feature was the large, square sink which looked nice but was too shallow and water splashed out of the basin even if the faucet wasn’t turned on all the way.
The Normandy Hotel does not have a formal restaurant but offers a continental breakfast ($16.95) in their café-like dining nook, just off the living room. It also does not have a gym or business center onsite, but guests have access to these at The Normandy’s sister property, The Courtyard by Marriott Northwest which is down the block on Connecticut Avenue
The Normandy Hotel
2118 Wyoming Avenue, N.W.