The Normandy Inn is part of the Best Western chain, but it has the feel of an independent boutique hotel. Housed in a lovely old building, the charm is apparent from the moment you enter the lobby. Little touches (like an umbrella stand full of umbrellas to borrow) are everywhere.
Our suite was amazing; a spacious living room with kitchenette, desk, sofa/chair grouping and TV was well-separated from the bedroom by a hallway with a European-design bathroom (commode and shower separate from sink/vanity), which allowed my husband to stay up later and watch TV/surf the web while I fell asleep in the comfortable queen-sized bed. The decor and fixtures were elegant but extremely utilitarian; the space overall was very well-planned to allow two people to function fully without bumping into each other. It was almost a mini-apartment!
We especially thank Joey at the front desk during our check-in; he was very solicitous and helpful. (Do ask about any possible rate discounts. You'll never know unless you ask!) All the staff was fabulous, and ready to answer any question at a moment's notice.
The location of the Normandy Inn is only 10 minutes' walk from Nicollet Mall and Hennepin Avenue, and there are great restaurants on the way (we loved eating at Key's at the Foshay). The new light rail system is only four blocks away, and will whisk you to Minnehaha Falls and other suburban sights.
The only down side is that no breakfast is offered with the room, but having the kitchenette made things easy; we just walked down to Target on Nicollet and bought provisions for our stay. There is a restaurant on-site, but we never ate there. Minneapolis has two many other wonderful restaurants downtown!
Parking at $7.00 per day was the best deal we found downtown, and once we parked our car, we could really walk anywhere in the downtown area within 15 to 20 minutes.
If you're interested in worry-free relaxation while you explore the vibrant downtown of Minneapolis, this is the place for you!
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