The hotel is just a block or so off Wilshire, and a few blocks from the Wiltern Theater, which hosts the Musician's Institute graduations and some pretty good bands (I care because my daughter graduated from MI). My family stayed here in rooms 432 and 433 January 24-26, 2014. We stayed here because we found a special on the rooms as the hotel was being remodeled. The hotel reminded me of hotels I have been in in Paris or Berlin. It was older, just as almost all downtown Eurpoean hotels are older. I really liked the interior for this reason. Except that it lacked a restaurant or bar, it reminded me of the Durant in Berkeley, which I really like. I would recommend staying as high up as you can, as the street noise may be a bit loud.
In any event while we stayed there, we had the misfortune of having a tire cut on our vehicle. A while back I wrote an unfavorable review of the management of this hotel based on that event. I have removed that review for good reason. I have been stunned by the seriousness with which the new management of this hotel took my concerns. Candidly, my concerns were addressed pretty much as soon as the new manager heard about them. Without going in to details which I do not think should concern the trip advisor readers, I will say that the new manager, Eric, addressed each of my concerns, resolved them to my wife's and my satisfaction, and even did more than that, which was completely unnecessary but greatly appreciated by us. Our daughter lives in LA, which gives us reasons to be in LA. This may not be the closest hotel to where she lives, but given the exceptional way this hotel dealt with us, it is worth our while to drive a few extra miles to the Normandie and to stay there. Do stay here. We certainly will.
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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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