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.
- 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