Temperature in the room: Central air conditioning was turned on by
reference to the calendar (June 5th), not the temperature. During our
stay in late May our room (207) was stuffy and warm, requiring the
windows to be opened in the evening, which highlighted the next problem:
Street Noise: Terribly noisy with trucks, cars, motorcycles, loud conversations from revelers on the street, and on several evenings, extremely loud trash trucks operating from midnight well into the early morning hours. The noise went on virtually all night with only a slight break in the pre-dawn hours. Our only solution for uninterupted sleep was to use ear plugs, but the open window allowed bugs to come in so after the first night, we closed the windows and just put up with the heat.
An extra fee (4 Euro's/day) was charged for the security safe in the room. I didn't mind that, but unlike every other hotel security safe I have ever used, you could not make up your own unique combination on the spot but instead had to obtain it from the front desk. To me this represented a security compromise and potential theft risk.
Despite informing the front desk of a broken bulb in the light above the small writing desk, it was never repaired. The bulb was not just burned out, but physically broken off at the base so the bottom of the bulb was still in the socket. I left the remaining glass portion on the writing desk hoping to draw the attention of the maid, and there it sat for three days with no action.
The hair dryer had a thermal cutout that caused it to shut down after only a minute or two of use; most aggravating to my wife.
In summary, we wanted to leave after the first night and the following morning spent an hour on the internet looking for options. Unfortunately, even the more expensive hotels costing two or three times the price of the Normandie all had some negative comments and we decided it was not worth the trouble and expense, so we stuck it out.
Proximity to the train station.
Good, high speed wifi with an easy logon.
All the front desk attendants had at least passable English skills, so combined with our elementary French skills, we had no problems communicating