One of LA's most architecturally significant accommodations, the Hotel Normandie, recently underwent a major facelift. Hotel Normandie first debuted in 1926, deep in the city's Wilshire District and was developed by a trio of then-famous architects (Karl Elliott, Albert R. Walker, and Percy A. Eisen). The Walker & Eisen firm designed some of the most iconic buildings during the 1920s and 1930s, including the Beverly Wilshire, and the United Theatre.
After a $5 million renovation, Hotel Normandie reopened in September, introducing travelers to a delightful marriage of old and new. Modern-day comforts like flat-screen televisions and free WiFi in the rooms are bonuses to the sumptuous feel of the terrazzo tiles in the lobby, carpet runners, and transom windows throughout.
Each of the 91 rooms is decked out with birdcage-motif wallpaper, a pinstriped shower curtain, hardwood floors, and a Keurig coffeemaker. There are four room categories: Standard, with a queen or king bed; Double, with two double beds; Junior Suite, complete with a wet bar and seating area; and King Suite, boasting all of the above plus a parlor
By spring, Hotel Normandie will also boast Le Comptoir, when the prix-fixe pop-up eatery evolves into full-dining fare.
Make sure to enjoy an introductory special to kick off the hotel's new beginning with 25 percent off room rates when booked through the website.
Kristine Hansen is a freelance writer based in Milwaukee where she reports on food, wine, and travel topics around the globe for Fodors.com, along with new-hotel openings. She also writes for Wine Enthusiast, TIME, Whole Living and American Way. In 2006 she co-authored The Complete Idiot's Guide to Coffee and Tea (Alpha Books/Penguin). You can follow her on Twitter @kristineahansen or through her web site.
Photo credits: Courtesy of Hotel Normandie