The Normandy Hotel, Dupont Circle
Washington , D.C.
Tel: 202 483 1350
Concierge.com's insider take:
Located on a leafy side street within walking distance of Dupont Circle's restaurants and bars, the Normandy has a mellow, tucked-away feel. The warren of rooms that adjoin the ground-floor lobby lack coherent design but compensate for it with cozy fireside spots for curling up with the paper or sipping a morning coffee. It's upstairs that the Normandy shines, with 75 rooms that feel far more luxurious than the bargain rates (often as low as $109 per night) would suggest. Old World touches like toile wallpaper are tempered by a 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.—Colleen Clark