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TravelPod Member ReviewsParamount Hotel Times Square New York New York City
The lobby is beautiful, and it's located in Times Square near which is great! But the room was the smallest room I have EVER seen! It was much smaller than any other European hotel I've stayed in. Luckily, we didn't have a ton of luggage and didn't spend much time in the hotel.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Paramount Hotel Times Square New York New York City
Nonsense-- Have Stayed Here 4 Time, Just Fine
These postings are all nonsense. Quit complaining about the size of the rooms -- you're in Times Square, for chrissake, get out of there. This is a boutique hotel, not a damn Marriott, and it's stylish, clean, simple and affordable by the neighborhood standards. I've stayed there 4 times, and these complaints are just silly. Never have I had a problem with the staff or the downstairs bar. Everytime I enter the rooms, I am delighted by the Vermeer and the crisp white elegance. So it's an old building converted with old windows and an in-unit air conditioner -- who gives a rat's ***? it's vintage, get over it. Go to a chain if you want all the high end comforts. If you want some style at an affordable price, stay here. There's simply nothing wrong with this place whatsoever. Nothing.
The staff was rude, and the rooms and bathrooms were filthy! This is a shabby, unpleasant place to stay. I cannot fathom how the hotel has retained its 4-star status...
Know what you're getting
We'd seen the lobby on past trips while eating at the Dean & Deluca which is attached (a plus). It always looked interesting so we decided to give the hotel a try. If you're young, want a cool atmosphere, and a great location, The Paramount is for you. This is not the Four Seasons though. If you want a peaceful well-lit lobby, large rooms, and neutrogena products in the bathroom, you won't find it here. My wife and I had a great time and felt like we were back in college. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Basically, we knew the rooms would be small with futon style beds and sparse bathrooms (with cool sinks), but that was fine with us. It was worth it for the great location in the heart of Times Square and the unique surroundings. It's definitely not for everyone though.
Should be a youth hostel
OMG. This hotel was reccomended by the convention I attended. This is NOT the place for a business traveler. Of course room was not ready at 3pm, came back at 4pm & still had to wait with others, most who seemed VERY young. Was told the bar was closing at 8 pm for a "private" event, but hotel guests were welcome. At 5 pm we were having a pre-dinner drink (Bottle of wine) and the bartender we better get out of that section of the bar b/c they would start setting up for the function. They also closed down the restaurant at this time. We get back from dinner @10 pm & the private function is a loud, annoying young-wanna be-hipster party with pounding music, and not a square inch around the bar to get a drink. We tried & annoying people kept pushing into us. So we go back to our room, all 5 square feet of it. With the mattress laying on the floor Opened the shade, and see how filthy the window sill & heating/air unit is. Every few hours (For 4 days)you could smell pot in our room quite strongly b/c it was wafting in through the connecting door from the adjacent room. One very snowy & stormy day they cancelled room/restaurant service & had a buffet. What else..could never find a DOORMAN, the "Gift shop" was a counter with overpriced sundries, the "Lobby" is freezing with a cement floor you find in a basement, with horrible seating. DO NOT STAY HERE!
Stay away from the Paramount
Please don't stay here, it's horrible. The rooms are tiny - no bigger than a broom closet. They are also filthy which is a real problem when the 'trendy' bed is a mattress on the floor. The carpets are really yucky - so sleeping so close to the floor was a nightmare. Don't even get me started about the state of the bathroom. When I complained the staff we quite rude and kept sending us around to other rooms that were in worse shape - one with lipstick all over the pillowcase. If you try to escape your tiny room to the lobby you'll find that there is very limited seating area and it's full of smoke. The nightclub is closed now and you'd be lucky if the bartender feels like serving you at the tiny bar that's still open. The only thing the place has going for it is that it's near the Broadway theaters, but it really was a horrible experience all around for my firends and myself.
No wonder they don't advertise, they don't want the attention!
I just came from a two day trip to NYC where I and two others stayed at the Paramount. I had seen this hotel once before on an earlier trip to NYC and had been impressed by the chic lobby. It turns out that is their trick - the only thing impressive about this hotel WAS the lobby. Here's a rundown of our experience: 1. The rooms are incredibly small at approximately 10' X 10'. 2. All local and 800-number calls are charged and all uncompleted calls are still charged a fee 3. The bathroom had next to no amenities (shampoo & soap only.) I forgot my toothpaste and they had no way to help. I was charged $2.50 for a small package with only enough for one use. 4. The front desk staff was rude and ingnored another member of my team while they argued over whether or not the music in the lobby was too loud (it was.) 5. No working area or desk to do work on your laptop. I accomplished this on the bed with the laptop on my lap and the cord stretched across the only walkway. 6. Lobby bar/restaurant closed early and had no real selection, waitress told us we would be better off across the street. We ventured in at 10:30pm, they had no after dinner drinks (port, baileys, etc...) or food available. 7. The workout room was OK - Nice that they have a pitcher of water available. If you have to stay in NY, this is an OK hotel but not for the money they charge. I stayed for $149/night - Anywhere else they'd have trouble getting $79.
Loved the Paramount - Style & Service Meet Value & Location
Initially booked at a similiarly priced hotel that was "well reviewed by Frommers" but was very disappointing from our experience. Walked into the Paramount without a reservation on a Monday night in November 2002 and were greeted warmly and professionally by the front desk staff who went out of their way to make transferring to and staying at the Paramount a true pleasure. Rooms are small and stylish and add an element of fantasy to being in New York - Although not a boutique hotel at 600 or so rooms, the floors and lobby retain the feel of a smaller property and the level of service would be impressive at any price but especially so given the value price point. The location is perfect for sightseeing using the subway or bus as Times Square is a transportation hub and central to both uptown, midtown and downtown locations. Plus, what's better after being on the town at night than slipping out for a dog or slice of pizza in the room with beverage of your choosing from one of several local stores on 8th Avenue? Lastly, the baths with the cone shapped stainless steel pedestal sinks are just to cool and the bathtub with the 7' high shower head and "Niagra Falls in the City" water pressure was the best after a long day.
No Key Cards????
When was the last time you were in a hotel, and they gave you a real key? This did not make me safe at all, especially since we misplaced one of our keys. How many people are running around with extra keys? Although the price was right on this hotel, $199 first nite, second nite free, I had some problems with it. The lobby was too dark, the air conditioning was clammy in the lobby and halls. The room was done over, but not well. New sink in the bathroom, but old tub and tiles (50 years old), not inviting at all. And not that clean, the toilet was ancient. Bathroom vent did not work. Both evenings when we came back to the room at about 10:00 p.m. there seemed to be suspicious looking characters in the lobby. Not trendy, suspicious. It just seems like they did a makeover on the old hotel, when in reality, it needs to be gutted and started again from scratch inside. The outside is beautiful, very Parisian. Would I stay there again, possibly, but only at a great deal.
Eclectic Broadway Boutique Hotel
The Paramount is certainly a different hotel -- the decor is modern to the point of stark, strange and almost minimalistic. But the location is great for a Broadway holiday, the prices were reasonable, and the staff was terrific -- they even found me a wheelchair on a holiday weekend after I mistakenly left my cane in the cab. Expect the unusual -- including no outside signage identifying the property and elevators with different color interior lighting -- and you won't be disappointed. We'd definitely stay here again!
Stealth Hotel Offers Great Location
The Paramount Hotel in Manhattan's theater district is so super-trendy that it has no signs, street numbers, or any identifying features on the outside (or in the lobby) to even tell you it's there! One must simply ask or have stayed there before to know about it. (Hint: look for the Dean and Deluca and enter the hotel's lobby via their back
door.) The rooms are quite small with a twin futon but you aren't going to spend much time in your hotel because of its best feature: location, location, location. Just around
the corner from Times Square, walking distance to all the best Broadway shows, and right on Restaurant Row, the Paramount is the perfect staging area for a few days in Manhattan. The ultra-fashionable lobby decor is early Tim Burton but the concierge staff is first-rate and will fix you up with whatever you need to hit the town running.