A friend and I stayed at the Paramount at the end of January for a mommie's weekend away and overall, it was a great stay. For starters, the Paramount is in an excellent location in the middle of downtown Portland within easy walking distance to restaurants, shopping, the Fox Tower movie theater and the Max (lightrail). It's also right across the street Directors Park, which on a nice day is a good place to grab a sandwich from Elephant’s Deli and watch people playing with the giant chess set or in the summer kids playing in the fountain. Check in was quick and easy and our room was comfortable. We paid extra for a room with a balcony which I don’t think I would do again. They call it a Juliette balcony, which basically means it is too narrow to even fit a chair. Ours overlooked the side street and the view was not much different from what we could see from in the room. I did appreciate that our room had a fridge with a little freezer and a coffee maker (with Starbucks coffee, of course) but I wish there has been bottled water as well. I know it’s always overpriced but since the hotel doesn’t have a sundries shop, and our floor didn’t have vending machines or an ice machine (it was one floor down) I would have been happy to pay it. One other interesting thing to note about the room: Portland prides itself on being green and the Paramount supports that by doing away with the individual bath items in favor of dispensers mounted in the shower. You can still get the individual items if you ask for them – which I was tempted to do because I really liked the shower gel.
One other thing to note: if you know anything about downtown Portland you know it basically shuts down at 11 pm and the area around the Paramount is no different. The hotel bar/restaurant closed at 10. The restaurant/bars within walking distance closed at 11. So if you’re looking for later nightlife you’ll need to drive or take the Max. And keep in mind that the hotel’s front door is locked after 10 pm (you use your room key card to get in).
Overall I found the hotel to be reasonably priced, well located and comfortable. I would stay at the Paramount again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- “As personable as Portland,” The Paramount Hotel offers guests professional and efficient service with genuine care and concern. Located in downtown Portland, Ore. the property combines the personal touch of a boutique hotel with comfortable and contemporary touches. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paramount Hotel Portland
- Paramount Portland
- Portland Paramount