We just spent two days with a LL package at The Normandy Hotel in Washington, DC.
This is a small, but very comfortable Hotel, which we enjoyed very much. The rooms are very inviting and very comfortable, equipped with Nespresso coffe machines and a small refrigerator. It serves a nice buffet breakfast, including smoked salmon. And in the evening it provides a free Happy Hour with wine and cheese and other goodies. I should also mention that the Hotel is pet friendly and we saw quite a few, well behaved, small dogs coming in and out of the hotel with their owners. There is also a small library with lots of interesting travel books, with leather chairs and a working fireplace.
The hotel is just a few short blocks from the DuPont Circle Metro station and a few short stops will get you right to Metro Center which brings you within walking distance of most museums.
We went to the American Portrait Gallery where we enjoyed a free docent guided tour which was excellent. We also went to the American Indian Museum which proved to be quite informative, but best of all it has an excellent cafeteria which serves American Indian specialties in four different stations. The quality of the food was spectacular and the prices were very reasonable. This was hands down the best food we have had in Washington. We also enjoyed the Washington Botanical Garden which was featuring Holiday decorations with miniature Washington landmarks.
We would be more than happy to return to The Normandy and certainly are happy to recommend it to the LL Community.
Here is a write-up of the Conde Nast's UNPACKED e-mail news letter on Washington and the Normandy Hotel which just showed up in my e-mail box:
The Normandy Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Saving a couple of hundred dollars when you're staying in D.C. might feel like a drop in the ocean compared with the sums Congress is arguing over. But for ordinary folks like us, it's a big deal. The Normandy is a 75-room hotel that feels far more luxurious than the bargain rates (often as low as $109 per night) suggest. Located on a leafy side street within walking distance of Dupont Circle's restaurants and bars, the Normandy juxtaposes Old World touches like toile wallpaper with a clean, neutral palette and leather headboards. Service is friendly and efficient, and there's a host of perks (free Wi-Fi, Nespresso coffee machines in the rooms, wine and cheese receptions). It all adds up to a pleasant stay, and, dare we say, the best value in the District.
And while you're in town…
Eat here: Bibiana
Madeleine Albright, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg have all been spotted in Bibiana's buzzy dining room. So, what's the draw? Chef Nicholas Stefanelli applies a light touch to pasta dishes such as citrus agnolotti (airy pillows perked up with tangy ricotta) and buttery Maryland lump crab on a rich tangle of squid ink spaghetti. The confident yet unobtrusive service is a welcome plus, too.
Drink here: Columbia Room
The tiny Columbia Room is part apothecary, part Japanese omakase experience. Owner and master of ceremonies Derek Brown chips ice from a wooden hangiri while holding forth on the chemistry of tinctures and the history of tiki. Tipplers tend to linger, taste-testing new recipes, mellowing out to the acoustic indie soundtrack, and ordering one last cocktail. We suggest the martini, the perfect marriage of precision (Brown uses a thermometer) and flair (that cut crystal coupe!).