The Normandy is an old hotel with unusual charm. Depending on the room you get it is quite a maze with plenty of stairs. We booked a deluxe room with a fireplace. Room 110. The location is great! It is about 4 blocks to the beach and right in town.
I will preface the comments to say I may be a bit sensitive to smells and noise. Those with similar concerns should be aware of the following
When we entered the room we noticed a smoky smell. While the fireplace was certainly the culprit I was at how pungent it was. After several minutes you get used to it. I spoke to the front desk clerk about the smell and they said that nobody had complained previously. I asked if they had an Ozone machine which would neutralize the smoke particles. Neither clerk had heard of this. I asked if another room was available and they were able to accommodate me in a nice suite.
The suite was Room 326 which was very nice. A living room area and bedroom. After a few minutes in this room I noticed a rumbling sound which I soon found out was the pool filter that was directly underneath the room. Again being a little more sensitive I found the noise to be untenable and once again went to the front desk. Again they had never heard of the problem. I asked if there was a way to turn the filter off for the night but they did not know how to do that.
At this point we asked to be moved back to room 110 which they did accommodate. At this time the clerk told me that he found out they do have an ozone machine which I do not think has been used in that room.
In any case we did get used to the smell and had a nice weekend.
The Wifi in the facility basically does not work! They claimed that they would be installing a new system.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked into a corner of Carmel-by-the-Sea and surrounded by blooming flower gardens The Normandy Inn is a beautiful experience. The historic Normandy Inn exudes Old World European charm and is located just three blocks from the white-sand Carmel Beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Normandy Hotel Carmel
- Normandy Inn Carmel