Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Normandie Los Angeles
The Hotel Normandie Los Angeles was built in 1926 by architects Albert R. Walker and Percy A. Eisen, the same duo who designed the city's Beverly Wilshire and the Fine Arts Building. The exterior was done up in a classic Renaissance Revival style—a look that survives to the present. A multi-million dollar renovation has returned Hotel Normandie to its Jazz Age splendor; construction crews pried open decades-old skylights to allow natural light back in, and there's the original terrazzo in the lobby.
- 1920s glamour characterizes the lobby, from its original flooring to the Art Deco-inspired stone fireplace, velvet couches, and lavish chandelier
- Sleek, stainless-trimmed coffeemakers are standard in each room, as are flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, and central air
- Famous guests: British author Malcolm Lowry penned his most famous book, Under the Volcano, while staying in the hotel in the 1930s
- Nearby attraction: the hotel is 3 miles from Los Angeles' Museum Row, where you can find the massive and critically acclaimed Los Angeles County Museum of Art, home to more than 100,000 pieces of art
Los Angeles' Wilshire District: Shopping, Restaurants, and Museum Row in the Heart of L.A.
Just a block south of The Hotel Normandie, Wilshire Boulevard runs for 15 miles through the heart of Los Angeles, ending at Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. There are dozens of restaurants and boutiques along the boulevard, and many of the best are within walking distance of The Hotel Normandie.
Museum Row is also located on Wilshire Boulevard, in the so-called Miracle Mile between Fairfax Boulevard and La Brea Boulevard. Four of Los Angeles' most notable institutions are clustered here: LA County Museum of Art, The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, Craft and Folk Art Museum, and Petersen Automotive Museum. Preserved Ice Age fossils of mammoths, dire wolves, and sabertooth tigers are on display at The Page Museum, all of which were excavated by paleontologists at the neighboring La Brea Tar Pits.
The bright lights of Hollywood aren't too far away. The cemented handprints of Tinseltown celebs, including Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne, are on the sidewalk in front of the iconic TCL Chinese Theater (formerly known as Grauman's Chinese Theater). Or, experience the movies firsthand at Universal Studios Hollywood, just six miles from the hotel. Its interactive thrill rides are inspired by classic and contemporary films such as Jurassic Park, King Kong, and Transformers.