The Paramount Hotel in downtown Portland Oregon was once at the center of shopping and good restaurants. It is as if the entire hot shopping and dining scene has migrated to the Northwest district and the Paramount is stuck in a forgotten section of town.
Perhaps the hotel doesn't recognize this as they offer no self parking and the valet is a staggering $28 per night. It takes them a good 10 minutes to fetch your car and they will not do so until you come down to the lobby. If you simply drive a block or so north on SW Taylor Street - plenty of parking abounds for rates under $10 a night. We were there on the weekend and there was no lack of parking - once again due to the location of the hotel.
Now you are close to Pioneer Square and within easy walking distance of the MAX light rail station but this is hardly a reason to stay at this particular hotel. Directly across from the hotel is a fairly large construction project - which in its present state does not offer the best views from the hotel.
One thing odd we noticed was the staff was abrupt and rather curt when checking in or simply asking for directions to the MAX station. In contrast to this, the guests in the hotel were very friendly and easy to converse with. We wouldn't have even noticed this if the staff was not so unfriendly.
Rooms were very dated, bedding was worn as well as the pillows. TV channels were limited and ice machines are located on every other floor. Overall while it was not the worst hotel we stayed at it certainly does not qualify for the 3.5 star many travel sites give it. 2.5 star hotel - location and staff kill this hotel.
- 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