This was our 2nd or 3rd time at the hotel and is definitely our favorite place to stay in DC. The location cannot be beat, a 5 minute walk to the metro, about a 1 mile walk to Georgetown and the neighborhood itself is filled with terrific restaurants, a killer bookstore and a lovely square to walk around and people watch. The bar has a terrific view of the square and makes a killer martini.
We went to Washington to see the museums and the visit of Pope Francis. The hotel staff was very nice and the room was reasonably priced. The room seemed somewhat dark (there were not a lot of lamps and the decor was dark). The fare from Reagan National Airport was about $20 for three of us, but after that we took the Metro. The best thing about the hotel was that it was handy to the DuPont Circle Metro station and allowed us to go virtually anywhere quite easily for dinner at various restaurants, and it was very straightforward to get to the Smithsonian and other museums (although a change was required at the Metro Center stop) as well as the Capitol and the White House.
Although, my stay at the Normandy hotel was brief, I fully enjoyed the experience. The hotel is small, and charming. The staff is friendly, and more than willing to help you with whatever you need. I was given an upgrade upon my arrival at no extra charge. I also left my phone in the room, and only realized this after checkout. I immediately contacted the hotel, and they sent it with their driver to me. I was very impressed with their customer service. It is just something to don't see that much of in hotel these days.
Great location. The lobby staff were friendly. The facility appears recently renovated. Our room faced away from the street and was quiet.
Very small lobby which is odd given that this is the only place to get coffee (none in room) and they have a wine reception. Seating for 6-7 maybe?
I think we must have been given one of the smallest rooms. I am 5'8" and average size but I repeatedly hit my elbow on the toilet paper holder when seated in the bathroom. It was difficult for two people to use the sink at the same time.
We were out every day from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm and staff knew we were staying for four days. Yet on Sunday when we came back after 3 pm the room was not ready. When we asked the cleaner (she came around 4:15) if we could stay in the room until 5 pm, we were told no and had to depart to the small lobby for a bit. Seems odd as they did not appear full that evening. To their credit, the next morning we asked that the room be serviced before our return and it was.
Great location with wonderful staff. The Kimpton "extras" (evening wine, complimentary bikes, morning coffee) made a week long stay a lovely experience. After a long work day, it was great to come "home" to a friendly face offering a free glass of wine. Highly recommended.
The hotel is comfortable and cozy. The location is good if you like to walk, the metro is a block away if not. The gym is small, but has everything you need. While I was there, up to four people used it comfortably. Good, inexpensive food within a mile. Very friendly and helpful staff.
Mid-rises and mansions grace the leafy streets of Dupont Circle, where independent cafes and shops thrive. With a number of gay bars and businesses, this area is DC’s main gay neighborhood. Foreign flags fly high on Embassy Row, the stretch of Massachusetts Avenue from the Circle to the National Zoo and National Cathedral. At night, locals head north to Adams Morgan for drinks and live music.
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