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“A Gem Right in the Heart of Vibrant Downtown Portland”
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Paramount Hotel
Ranked #7 of 142 Hotels in Portland
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Leonardtown, Maryland
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20 reviews
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“A Gem Right in the Heart of Vibrant Downtown Portland”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

We were pleasantly surprised by how nice The Paramount Hotel was. It isn't managed by a big chain, but still offers all the elegance and amenities you would enjoy at one, only with super Oregon-friendly and personable staff, from the kind folks at the reception desk to the happy doorman. Upon our arrival we were told we'd been upgraded to a corner room on the 11th floor, as I had hoped for, with windows on two sides which looked out over Pioneer Square/Director Park, and beyond to a beautiful city-scape. It was outfitted in tasteful contemporary decor, and was clean, spacious, and comfortable. Since their restaurant was being renovated when we were there (the end of April 2014) we can't comment on that. Our first day it took quite a while for the shower water to get hot, but after that there was never a problem, so maybe it had simply been a while since it had been used.
The lobby is elegant and artistically decorated. The concierge was very helpful in getting us a rental car, as we had to continue south where we had friends and relatives to visit. We love to walk so never did take the MAX light rail, but it was nearby. You can't ask for a better location with shops, restaurants, concert halls and museums all either right there or a couple of blocks away.

Room Tip: Ask for a corner room. You may just get lucky!
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

My husband and I recently celebrated our one year wedding anniversary and our trip started in Portland. We chose Paramount after seeing the reviews on here and were NOT disappointed. Our flight got in around 10:30 and the hotel accommodated our early arrival, something I wasn't expecting. I made a request through my booking for a room on an upper floor and we received exactly that, a nice room on the 14th floor. Throughout our stay we asked the front desk several questions on transportion and places to eat and they were more then helpful and polite. We even had a small note saying "Happy First Anniversary" and box of chocolates placed in our room while we stepped out during our first day. We really appreciated that.

A hotel that pays attention to detail and provides great service, yes please! I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Request a room on one of the upper floors, it will drown out any street noise. Excellent view, too.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Portland_Paramount, General Manager at Paramount Hotel, responded to this review, 21 May 2014
Thank you for the great review and happy to see that we were able to get you into your room in the morning. Love to have you back for your second Anniversary!
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san francisco
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2014

We're just wrapping up a 3 night stay at this wonderful centrally located hotel. Staff has been so warm and friendly, recommending a great open late frozen yogurt place on the first night and places to watch the basketball playoffs last night. All recommendations have been perfect. The hotel is super comfortable with well appointed large rooms, many with great views. There is free wifi throughout. Prices are competitive, but this is a high value for the money. I'll be back!

Room Tip: Higher floors have better views.
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Green Features: I appreciated all of the little touches designed towards efficiency. Portland is a city that cares, and the Paramount is no exception.
  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Portland_Paramount, Director of Sales at Paramount Hotel, responded to this review, 9 May 2014
bnelson88, thank you for your lovely review! We look forward to welcoming you back with us soon.
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Mill Creek, Washington
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

I've stayed at this hotel many times over the years and have always had decent service and enjoyed the rooms. This time, however, was quite different. We arrived a few hours before check-in, which has never been a problem and the staff seemed put off that we were there early. The front desk girl did not help us check in or give us a status of the room, the valet was missing in action, the bellman was not available to take our bags, so we were left wondering "do we just drive around for a couple hours and wait? Or….???" After about 10 minutes, the valet returned from lunch and we had to ask him to take our car and get the bellman to help with our bags. I called the hotel two hours later to check the status of our room and the girl at the front desk still said the maids hadn't gotten to it yet. Finally at 4pm, check-in time, I called and the girl said "Oh look at that! Your room just became available!" Shocking….

Anyway, the staff was ridiculous during that time. When we did go back to get our room, the bellman, Ed, was working and he was great. Literally the only good employee at the entire hotel, so if you do end up staying here, make sure to deal with him exclusively as he helped with our bags, got me more pillows and a different comforter and offered to set up any reservations we needed.

I emailed the manager of the hotel about this experience and his response was that I should've called the hotel when we were about an hour away to let them know we were coming. Is that a joke? Even if we did, we had to wait almost 4 hours for our room to be ready, so it wouldn't have made a difference. How about you work with your staff and if your hotel is booked for the weekend, hire more staff so rooms can be cleaned quickly and you won't lose loyal customers?

Needless to say, I won't ever stay here again or recommend this hotel. It's a total joke. If you are traveling to Portland and want somewhere nice to stay with great staff and nice rooms, stay at The Heathman a couple blocks over.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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San Isidro de El General, Costa Rica
Level 6 Contributor
43 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2014

Not much to say on the location that hasn't already been said. It is a great location and easy to get around the central part of Portland on foot. The light rail is just a block up so getting to further parts is easy and inexpensive. The hotel itself is very clean and nicely decorated similar to other nice hotels no surprises good or bad. What stands out for us is their service. Always a smile and ready to answer questions, give directions, and suggestions for places to eat. We have stayed there several times and will gladly return.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the park. They have rooms with balconies facing the park and rooms without...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Keizer, Oregon
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39 reviews
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

Stayed in Portland for my annual shopping, PAM, foodie birthday weekend. Got a corner room and valet service at a good price because the Hotel donated the stay to a local school for a silent auction. I appreciate their philanthropy. Very friendly service at the front desk and we were able to check in early which was unexpected and appreciated. Room was large and clean. The bed was very comfortable and loved the 2 windows and great views in 2 directions. There were a couple of minor fixes needed in the bathroom but it didn't take away from my relaxing soak in the jetted tub. Was surprised we couldn't check out from the TV. Location was the best! Close to PAM (Portland Art Museum), the Schnitz, downtown shopping, lots of restaurants (Ringside Fish House!!). Definitely recommend staying here.

Room Tip: I liked my corner room...more light and views.
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Green Features: Standard environmentally friendly - laundry, save on personal items containers, recycling in the room.
  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Gorgeous hotel, amazing location right downtown in the middle of everything, awesome room with huge windows and an amazing view of the city and the park blocks. We were able to walk to shops, and the famous food carts of downtown Portland were only two blocks away. The rooms were really nice, pretty large for an urban location like this, and the staff was crazy friendly and helpful with everything from recommending a hip place for dinner to calling a cab to the airport. Seriously uniquely welcoming staff, polite and pleasant and helpful, which is not a given any more, so the fact that everyone working here was constantly exuding happiness... pretty great. Most importantly, easy access to multiple coffee options. Sweet. I was traveling with friends and meeting local friends and the hotel was a great meeting spot too with a large and comfortable lobby with lots of places to hang out, so it was a perfect place for everyone to connect. Also important... super soft beds and pillows I loved so much I asked where they got them. Not sure how I will fare at any other hotel after this. Pretty great experience all around. Thank you!!

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Portland_Paramount, Director of Sales at Paramount Hotel, responded to this review, 30 April 2014
Thank you so much for the wonderful review Kathleen H!
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Property: Paramount Hotel
Address: 808 SW Taylor St, Portland, OR 97205-3020
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Region: United States > Oregon > Portland > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Portland
#9 Business Hotel in Portland
#10 Romantic Hotel in Portland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Paramount Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 154
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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