The hotel has two entrances, however in order to appreciate fully the building's typical Anglo-Norman architecture, it's advised to enter through the main entrance. The courtyard is marked by the carefully tended tress at its centre, the series of balconies around the edge, the cockerel about the front door and the clock still higher above. The grand lobby is a welcoming space with a central cavity surrounded by top-draped pillars featuring dramatic floral displays, chandeliers and beautiful wood panelling. Some may find the upholstery (carpets, armchairs etc) a little too much as the patters are fairly heavy, but this is, after all, what makes the Normandy the Normandy. The one detail we didn't appreciate is the rather commercial display cabinets offering expensive designer gear and jewellery - there is enough of this outside in the shopping streets.
One of the biggest attractions of this hotel (and one that is shared with the other Barrière properties) is the famous Casino Barrière de Deauville. Situated just next door, this huge complex comprises every type of gaming table, slot machines, poker rooms as well as a selection of restaurants, bars and a nightclub. Every month there is a special show in addition to off-events such as bridge tournaments and jazz concerts.
Back inside the hotel you'll find several other facilities unique to the hotel. The cosy reading room, with its stained glass windows, is open for guests to relax with a drink during the weekend and holidays while the kids also have their own dedicated space, the Club Diwi & Co. Here the little ones (ages 4-12) can spend the whole day getting creative with art, writing, costume design, gardening, cooking and lots more (open during Parisian school holidays and the weekend). For those under the age of four there is a dedicated animator who will occupy the kids during the same period as the Club Diwi & Co and who can also babysit upon request. All of these services come at an extra charge. Kids may also be interested in the weekend horse-drawn carriage tours of Deauville, although these are by no means limited to the youngest clients.
Another prized asset of the hotel is its indoor swimming pool whose glass roof retracts when the weather allows. Surrounding the pool on the well maintained decking are loungers, tables and chairs and three massage rooms. The hotel also offers a well-equipped fitness room, complete with towels and water, as well as a hammam, sauna, Jacques Dessange salon (at the Royal Barrière a few minutes away) and tennis courts (just opposite the property).
The vast public spaces are all in impeccable condition and getting to your room is simple (if not a little lengthly sometimes). There are several lifts servicing all floors and you'll find on some of the landings large couches, carvings and even a baby grand piano! The members of staff we came across were all extremely courteous and of course bilingual. There is wifi throughout the hotel which is charged after the first half an hour of use.