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Historical Traveler Reviews Paramount Hotel Portland
Fairly nice, pretty clean, and quiet
We stayed at the Paramount Oct. 18-20, 2004. Overall, it was ok.
Pros: Great location, very quiet, really nice shower, and a really nice comfortable bed and sheets.
Cons: A little older/dated, could use better lighting in some areas, cramped closet.
We had upgraded to an Executive Room - corner room with a king bed and walk-in shower. The room size was ok - I was expecting a little bigger, but it was roomy. The bathroom was really nice, large than expected, and had a really nice, large walk in shower, with a separate jacuzzi tub. It was in very nice shape.
The corner room was nice, though the views weren't all that spectacular. We faced Taylor Avenue, which overlooked a parking lot and some run-down buildings. Nothing to write home about, but nice.
We had a fridge that was stocked with the basics - sodas, beer, etc.. The bottom of the fridge was kinda nasty, and I ended up taking everything out and cleaning it. The can of Coke that was in there said "Christmas Holiday 2003". Guess it had been there a while, as this was October 2004! There was also a basket of snacks.
One thing to note: we did not eat or drink any of the food or drink items from the honor bar, but there was a $3 "honor bar" charge the very first night we were there. We disputed it and they removed it, but (a) we never used the maid service, so noone was ever in our room to take inventory and note that we might have taken something and (b) we never had anything of theirs. So check your bill carefully. Seems they just tack on a charge and see if you dispute it.
The staff was very friendly and helpful, overall.
The exercise room was a little nicer than I expected. It's located in the lower level (basement). They had 1 bike, 1 stair climber, 2 treadmills (one really nice one and one mediocre one), an eliptical machine, and a weight machine. It was nice to have 24 hour access with a room key. No pool though :(
Parking was difficult, but that seems to be standard in Portland. When we first got there, we parked in a garage under the Hilton. Was only there an hour, and charged $9! I was floored. We used valet parking in the evening - $22 a night. For short-term parking, we found a Smart Park garage 2 blocks away (10th & Yamill) that was $.95 an hour for the first 4 hours. Much more reasonable.
For internet access, they told me they had standard dial-up and wireless access. FYI, the wireless access requires you create an account with roamzone.us, at a fee of $9.95 a day.
So overall, it was nice, but I'd probably try another place next time.
Nice place to stay
My husband and I stayed here only one night for our anniversary. We had the excutive room with the jacuzzi tub. It was a nice hotel, very friendly and helpful staff. Nothing over the top or elaborate as far as rooms and furnishings go. A little pricey at $114.00 on a Sunday, but comparable for the area. Room service and the resturaunts food was very good! Rooms and bath rooms were clean. I would stay here again.
Good, but not luxury
Two of us stayed in this hotel for a long weekend this summer. Overall, it was a satisfactory experience, but it skated close to disaster. It turned out OK only because we were assertive enough to make it so.
Plus: The front desk and the maid service tried to do a good job. Our room was big enough and the bed was comfortable. The Paramount's location is great for our planned waterfront activities.
Minus: We had to request an emergency room change in the middle of our stay. Our toilet backed up & overflowed, and we had to make a frantic call to the front desk. They sent two guys up almost immediately to unclog the toilet and shop-vacuum the bathroom, but in the meantime I had to move everything out of the carpeted closet (adjacent to the bathroom, great location!) as the flood was spreading and soaking the closet carpet.
The vacuuming fellow did not know how to turn the vacuum off, spoke little English, & I had to lunge in & flip the very obvious red lever atop the vacuum. They were suppoosed to return with heavy equipment to dry the carpet if we would clear out for an hour or two. We changed our plans to do so, and they never came, citing equipment problems only when asked, and we had to request a room change so as not to sleep in a mildewing unsanitary room, something that should have been recognized as obviously needed.
They accommodated our move after we broached the subject, but we had to call up from the second room because not everything was ready, e.g. coffee service was missing the vessel.
Looks like some of the staff isn't as well-trained as the cleaning staff. Also, in the second room there was a sound of water in the wall, so I don't know if the hotel just has bad plumbing....
Convenient to downtown
A girl's weekend out for three of us. We reserved through Travelocity. Specifically chose this hotel because it offered queen beds rather than doubles. Quoted price was for 2 queen beds; nothing is mentioned to us at check-in and we get to the room - 1 King. Called front desk and they said a roll-away has been requested. Because we reserved through Travelocity beds couldn't be guaranteed and of course there wasn't anything else available. We thought this was very deceptive to not disclose this when we were checking in. Turned out okay, but when paying $139/night I didn't think the deal was so special that we should be treated as a lesser guest. Hotel is very convenient and quiet.
Patriotic and Acommidating
The Paramount has gone way above the call of duty. They were so nice in helping plan a special night for my son and his wife. My son is coming home for mid tour leave from Iraq and Rachel made a wonderful night come true! Thank you Rachel and Paramount.
Comfortable,quiet,good location,older Portland hotel
This is an older boutique hotel that has a great location in downtown Portland,it is just two blocks from Pioneer Square and lightrail. I thought the rooms would be a bit more luxourous for a 4 star hotel but they were average. The rooms were comfortable and quiet and clean . The only complaint I have is that the hotel should have stated they have 3 star rooms in a 4 star hotel when the listed with preceline.
Stayed here for a couple of nights last summer and had a very enjoyable experience. The room was nicely sized, clean and quiet. The staff was fine and efficient and the lobby restaurant ("Dragonfish") serves quality Asian food. Really no complaints about the place; would definitely stay there again.
The staff is fantastic!
I stayed here on business in October, and was really impressed with the staff. Both of the concierges were extremely knowledgeable and helpful, and everyone at the hotel was unbelievably nice. Because it is a smaller hotel, service seemed more personalized - they knew who we were when we came and left. The rooms were nice, although the beds are a bit too firm for my taste, and it is tough to get a good view in downtown Portland. The price was fine for the area, and got the best rate we could find by booking directly through the hotel. If you stay there, check out the South Park restaurant. It is a fabulous seafood restaurant just around the corner from the hotel, and we were able to get in without a reservation on a Friday night at prime time.
Wonderful weekend at Paramount Hotel, Portland, OR
We just had an enjoyable stay at the Paramount Hotel in Portland, OR.
We successfully bid $50. on Priceline. We stayed in room #1403 on the 14th of 15 floors. We had a great view of the city and hillsides.
Traffic sounds were barely heard. The room was pretty sound proofed except we could hear the faint dinging of the elevator on occasion.
The hotel staff was friendly but we were a bit dismayed upon check-in to learn that we could not upgrade to a King bed as requested. We were told there were none available for 2 nights. We had previously called no less than three times but being Priceline customers, were told nothing could be guaranteed. Nevertheless, we loved our room. The room was very large and the beds, very comfortable. Our only compaint about the room itself was that it was very dimly lit and a bathroom bulb was burned out, adding to the problem. We did have to ask for a working coffee maker and it was replaced upon request.
When we needed to hail a cab, it was done quickly. We enjoyed the location of the hotel as it was within walking distance to many venues and stores. We walked to Powell's books, the Pearl District, and all over the downtown area and had no problems.
We had two especially wonderful meals; one at the Southpark Winebar and Grill which is right next door to the Paramount and the other, at Lucy's Table in the NW section on NW 21st street, a trendy, upscale area of Portland full of shops, coffee shops and restaurants. Lucy's Table was elegant and romantic. As previously mentioned in another review, ask for the corner table in-between the mirror and the large painting.
The Paramount Hotel was lovely and we truly enjoyed our stay there.
This is a fantastic hotel. Newly renovated it oozes class. Within walking distance of Pioneer Square and just about anywhere downtown.
The MAX transit system is one block away as is Nordstrom. The Pioneer Place Shopping Centre is a short walk. The Columbia Store is next door.
Staff were very friendly and efficient. The in hotel bar and restaurant were always bustling with people. Rooms are large beautifully decorated, and in my room the bathroom had a spa. I had a room on the 10th floor with a great view over the city. I will alway stay here from now on. Got a great discount deal online as well.
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