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“Convenient to Everything in Portland” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Paramount Hotel
Ranked #8 of 138 Hotels in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Saint Louis, Missouri
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Convenient to Everything in Portland”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2010

Hotel location was great. It's two blocks from the street car line, one block from MAX light rail to the airport, and nearby shopping/dining/entertainment options abound.

Booked for $63/nt on Priceline. Hotel was not perfect. Had connectivity issues with their free wi-fi. It was never a seamless sign-in process. Couldn't even detect the signal in the room during the first day, but it improved after talking with the front desk and calling AT&T, their provider. There was also the sporadic issue of the shower faucet not wanting to turn all the way to hot. This resulted in lukewarm water for showering on two occasions. Bed was very comfortable. Room was very quiet, although opening the window allowed street noise in.

Three things about Portland:

1) There are a lot of transients, many being younger people. Never saw them in the hotel's immediate vicinity, but they're found everywhere throughout downtown. Most won't bother you, but others panhandle. Some are junkies who just act plain weird. I never felt threatened since so many people are out and walking around, even after dusk.

2) The most pleasant surprise was the abundance of food vendors. Not your typical hot dog and pretzel stands, but little carts (think personal cargo trailers or small campers). "Pods", or groupings, of multiple carts are found throughout the city. Two pods are within four blocks of the Paramount. Just about every ethnicity's cuisine is represented. I had Polish, Thai, Mexican, Turkish, Vietnamese and Middle Eastern. Most offer full plates in addition to single items. Color photos of each dish are posted next to the ordering window. Food is cooked fresh right there. A complete meal (without drink) cost me between $5-$7. Some have a few chairs on the sidewalk, but there are plenty of plazas where you can grab a table or bench and dine alfresco.

3) MAX light rail from the airport is really slow. Took about 50 minutes to get to the stop nearest the hotel. The train has its own right-of-way near the airport, but shares the street with cars downtown. It must stop at lights like everyone else. Even so, it only costs $2.30 one way.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Arlington, VA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2010

I'm not sure I understand some of the negative reviews about the Paramount on here. The check-in process was efficient and pleasant. The room was spacious and clean, with a beautiful view (corner room), large and comfortable bed, good lighting, and a nicely sized and stocked bathroom. The toiletries provided were very nice. The location is convenient to most things, including MAX and some great restaurants. Being next to a Starbucks doesn't hurt either. I had no problems with the wireless internet described by some people here. Overall an absolutely excellent experience.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2010

I booked this hotel thru Priceline on a last minute travel plan change. I was hoping to get Hotel Fifty where I had a room for the following 2 nights but I was awarded the Paramount but for a excellent price. The front staff did not fuss over being a Priceline customer which is always sort of a relief.

My request for a king bed was granted and the room was HUGE. I've stayed in other hotels downtown and it was by far the biggest. It was perfect for my young kids. The room was clean overall. Of course, if you start to really look at any hotel room, you'll notice water damage in the bathroom, dents in the furniture, etc. No view but I don't care or expect that with a PL rate. Old tube TV which means it hasn't been updated in a bit. The decor was traditional but fine.

The location is good. There's a new public park directly across the street with a cafe coming soon, benches, tables, and a water feature. Our kids loved running around it. Instead of building an ugly parking structure above ground, they built it underground and the ground floor was made into the public space. Very Portland. There's a large movie theater 50 yards away.

Overall, I think it's a fine place to stay and didn't have the negative experience some other reviewers had.but I got such a good deal that I maybe had less expectation.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2010

I had stayed many times at the Paramount, and finally realized that between construction projects and the 4:00 a.m. noise of garbage truck/dumpster pick up, it's simply too noisy. The front desk person understood completely and knew exactly what I meant -- clearly they get this complaint often. Evidently other downtown hotels are fighting about this with the city. It is a very convenient hotel, located on the MAX and central to lots of downtown, Pearl District, Powell's Bookstore, etc. But we'll have to find something without noise.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank constanciacaminante
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vancouver
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2010

I was looking forward to staying at the Paramount with its great location. My room had a nice view although there was a construction project going on across the street with a big crane. The room was clean, well appointed, nice size, standard furnishings. The afternoon concierge and front desk staff were cheerful and helpful, the morning staff unfriendly, the late night non-existent. Restaurant downstairs good but bar on other side of lobby less upscale. Parking expensive, was happy I depended on the rail system and cabs.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank vancouverbeecee
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San Diego, California
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292 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2010

The hotel is just superb, with only a couple of minor issues that would make it one of the better hotels I have stayed with. The rooms are a very large size and very comfortable and the amenities in the bathroom are appreciated. Great soap, shampoo, conditioner, cotton balls, Q-Tips, and more.

The few issues I have are that a double double room is considered an upgrade from a king room, which makes no sense - especially since they were far below 50% occupancy while I was there. The TV is old and needs to be replaced and even though it is the going rate for valet service in the city $28.00 is steep considering there is a lot right across the street for $10 per day.

All in all a good stay and would recommend The Paramount to all.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ConVivo
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Miami
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197 reviews
141 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 490 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2010

I travel 5 month per year and maintain status with Marriott and Starwood. Average 4 trips a year to Portland alone. This last one was for 12 nights, trust my review...

The good stuff first:
Got a super deal from Priceline for $85.00. Great location for all downtown Portland activities. Hotel is 10 years old, but looks new; design is modern and timeless. Lobby and all public areas are well maintained and clean. Free internet in rooms and free use of small office downstairs where you can print from. Quality beds and linens. Large updated bathroom with good lighting and counter space. Fridge in room.

The bad stuff:
With the exception of check in I was never greeted by any staff member. Doorman/valet seem to work from 8am to 7pm only, no 24 hour doorman and/or valet. Many times later in the evening there was no one at the front desk either. No visable security anywhere and elevators are accessible by anyone 24/7. Downtown Portland has a homeless person problem, I did not feel safe...
Room service food options are limited by time of day with no 24/7 service. Food is provided by the asian restaurant downstairs; not that good with very little american food.

Christmas day there was no housekeeping or room service provided. I travel over many holidays and have always been informed of this by other properties, not the Paramount.

My room was an "upgraded" corner king. Pealing wall paper; 1 old- lop sided scratched up chair; no udjustable office chair at desk: Small-dark tube TV: poor TV reception with few pay per view options: 7 minute average for hot water in shower (any time of day).

At $85.00 this is a good value but on no level exceeds 3 stars...

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank bowman716
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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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