My partner and I stayed for 5 nights over the December holidays. As a business traveller accustomed to 5-star properties, I found The Normandie utterly charming and a refreshing change from the generic, impersonal cookie-cutter hotel room.
The Normandie had a lovely old-world charm about it, reminiscent of the old English B&Bs of my youth. Our room was a comfortable size, bright and sunny with all the usual amenities. Best of all, it was a few minutes walk to the beach and a few minutes drive to Crown Street, with the free city bus stopping just down the street.
The hosts were a delightful couple that added to the warmth and appeal of the property - they were always ready to assist, offer advice or just have a friendly chat about the neighbourhood.
Note that our room was one of the few with a recently-renovated bathroom, so make the request when you book.
All in all, we had a lovely time and though our days were mostly spent exploring Wollongong and the surrounding neighbourhoods, The Normandie was incredibly good value for money and a pleasure to come home to in the evenings.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family owned and operated, offering competitive and convenient accommodation with conference facilities, cozy restaurant and bar, just a 5 min walk to North Beach, bars and restaurants. Easy access to City Centre and Wollongong University, makes The Normandie an ideal location for the business traveler, holiday maker or sporting enthusiast. Private en-suites, TV, Tea & Coffee making facilities with reverse cycle air-conditioning. ... more less
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