This boutique hotel is charming, it’s Parisian, and it’s pretty. The six-floor Normandy lies on a tree-shaded street lined with embassies, Macedonia’s, Algeria’s, and Senegal’s among them; not surprisingly, the clientele is an international mix. You’re a peaceful detour right off of busy Connecticut Avenue and only minutes away, by foot, from the heart of the Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, and Woodley Park neighborhoods. The Normandy’s 75 rooms range in size, measuring between 210 and 352 square feet, and each makes good use of the space with cleverly designed and positioned furnishings: long, skinny desks, clever little reading lamps whose stems you can twist out of the walls just so; and compact Nespresso coffee machines and glass-fronted refrigerators placed out of the way. Front-facing rooms overlook tranquil Wyoming Avenue, while those at the back survey the courtyard. Three first floor rooms open to a private garden terrace. Also on the first level is the parquet-floored lounge, with little sofas, armchairs, round tables, and a fireplace. Guests enjoy the $12 continental breakfast here or in the petite courtyard each morning and the complimentary wine and cheese hour held every evening.
Although The Normandy is perfect for couples and solo travelers, Avenue Suites, in the same hotel family, might be a better choice for groups, large families, and those who crave a lot of space.
- Elise Hartman Ford