great location with friendly staff
stayed at the hotel normandy over a long weekend in february - was very happy with the location and the hotel - very convenient for walking and taking the metro - the staff was also quite helpful as well as pleasant - though the rooms were old, they were clean - try to get a corner room, if possible (much larger.....)
Book on the Web
February 2004The Normandy Hotel is misleading if you book using first impressions of its own web site. The reception areas, lobby, and bar (Drinks in Paris very expensive) are all upto the 4 star rating that the hotel is given.However the rooms (405) have seen better days. All of the furniture need replacing and the rooms required decorating etc. No peeling paper or mice.The location of the hotel is excellent, There is no need to be constantly on the metro, and there is an open top bus that operates close to the hotel enabling you to see all the sights of Paris. Vin & Mare is a excellent restaurant that I advise you to visit, but you must make a reservationMy advice is to book of the WEB (Expedia) and look for the discounted rates as the hotel is overpriced for what it offers you.
Certainly not 4*
(stayed 11-13 Feb 2004).
Having read the postings on Trip Advisor regarding the Normandy Hotel, I was a little bit anxious of staying there. I should have read the reviews before i booked it - so there's the first tip! I was VERY impressed with the location, i'd definately say it was in the best area in Paris - right next to The Louvre (amazing!). The entrance to the hotel quite glam, very Agatha Christie decor inside(if you know what i mean). Reception staff very pleasant, spoke english which helped. The only thing that I would say was posh was the restaurant situated in the hotel, the spiral stairs and the main entrance to the hotel. Our room (417), was nice and large. However (as previously noted in a posting..), the furniture was a bit ancient (dont know whether that's meant to be a part of old parisian style?). 2 single beds were pushed together (4* you say?), chunks of wood were missing from the cupboard, there was no iron (which when we enquired about at reception, they told us the maid would kindly iron the garments for us, at a cost!). Plus, the hairdryer didnt work (not good for a woman). It was particularly hot in the room aswell, but the balcony doors could be opened which helped. Beware of the maids, a couple of drinks were taken out of our mini bar by the maid! Aside from that, clean, basic, pleasant. Far from Luxury, but the location was spot on. As a previous post mentioned, it was probably a 4* 20 years ago, but certainly not now. Bit drab in terms of decor. (no mice, haha!)I have booked via Expedia as they are great for deals, but if you want luxury - do some research first!
Loved the location of the Normandy
Stayed at the hotel for 4 nights 13-17 Feb 04. The location was PERFECT. We walked one block to the Louvre and the Tuileries, 1.5 blocks to the metro. Bratisseries abounded arounded us. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful. The sleeping rooms were as you would expect with a European hotel - varying in size and design but always clean with large bathrooms. A little over-heated, but the windows opened and brought in fresh air. Paris and the Parisiennes were wonderful.