What to say. My brother and I arrived into LA after coming through the whole of downtown and to be honest it felt as if the streets got steadily more sketchy. When we found the hotel the whole bottom floor (restaurant) was being revamped so it was all boarded up , again making it look a bit iffy.
However when we gave the car to the valet who were nice guys and came into the lobby we both let out a sigh of relief. The inside of the hotel is beautiful and very much old style and very welcoming. Lady at the desk was just as nice checking in, as were the concierge when we asked them stuff to do (Cabo Cantina Taco Tuesday in Hollywood). When you get to your floor again it keeps the older style of hallways, not like a chain hotel that’s basically a room factory. In truth, our room was pretty small with a bad view (we stayed in 436), but we asked for the most quiet room available and we were on a budget so we didn’t mind.
I was worried about the car after reading some bad stuff on TripAdvisor too but the valet guys were nice and showed us where they parked the car – under a street light/ camera.
If you’re worried, then ask for specifics beforehand, don’t give out afterwards. (Tipping well won’t hurt either).
Okay there were also no food facilities but didn't bother us so I can't comment.
All in all though – a very happy camper with this hotel.
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- Hotel Normandie is an historic, boutique hotel. The property is a cultural landmark in the city of LA, in the Renaissance Revival style. Built by Walker & Eisen in the mid 1920s. With training as preservationists, and with commitment to the community in the style of the 'New Urbanism' movement, the team has lovingly restored a rare piece of LA history for guests, for neighbors and for the city. ... more less
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