It would not be unfair to categorize LA’s Hotel Normandie as a hotel. The nearly century old building evades the modern trend of plush interiors and luxury amenities from which to draw its customers. Rather than offering a closet, each room is equipped with shelf and a couple hangers. The bathroom lacks nearly any practical counter space. The hotel has neither a bar nor a restaurant. It is missing the spacious workout facility, the posh rooftop pool or the complimentary continental breakfast.
Really, rather than a hotel, it's much more like a boarding house. To call Hotel Normandie quaint would be a gross understatement. The lobby transports you back to the early 20th Century. The halls are filled with wonderfully charming works of art. Meticulously sanded hardwood floors make it difficult not to think about the hotel in its earliest beginnings. The lobby even has an old Underwood typewriter, where guests can leave musings that will later be posted on a twitter account in the typewriter's honor. Normally, hotel photography in a smaller-scale locale such as Hotel Normandie is a challenge– you have to search for unique details, find ways to make it seem larger. But the charm of this place made it a breeze, and these are truly some of the best content I've produced for a hospitality client.
Hotel Normandie’s recent restoration offers a unique time-portal. In a city that is always moving, its history and distinctiveness are certainly welcome changes: and it's this authentic experience that far outweighs any amenity a regular hotel could provide.