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Washington , Washington, D.C.
August 19, 2002
Through the glass doors the Paramount presents the junior version of its west side Ian Schraeger counterpart, the Hudson. Dim lighting, soaring ceilings, modern décor, trendy/loungy furniture… all combine to create an ambiance that’s unmistakably "hip NY" but it’s clearly on a budget (at least Ian Schraeger’s version of a budget).
The staff was friendly and actually very helpful but you won’t be led around by the hand as you might in a more expensive hotel. The elevators, bathed in colorful, blue, purple or red hues, will deposit you at the appropriate floor where you’ll step out (at least on the 11th floor) to more dim lighting and a rather large wall of mirrors. The far left hand side of the mirrors features a backlit portion indicating the current weather (sunny, cloudy, hot, rain, etc.).
The hallways won’t overwhelm you and neither will the size of the rooms. I stayed in a room facing the back of the hotel - which I recommend, 46th street can be loud and I don’t think that the hotel is tall enough to provide much of a view from any of the rooms. My room was very white, contained a king size bed, a small table with 2 chairs, a small TV, VCR and minibar unit, an ENORMOUS silk screened headboard featuring Mary Cassat’s head and about 8 square feet of remaining floor space.
The standard rooms are TINY, there’s no denying this. Getting two people ready in this room would have been a challenge. However, the décor is modern and stylish, everything is clean, and the bathrooms have been completely renovated. The window unit air-conditioner was more than adequate for a hot day in late July and unlike most hermetically sealed NY hotels, a panel of the casement window opens to allow some fresh air in should that be desired.
I didn’t check out the hotel’s gym, but I did enjoy a drink with friends at the cozy Library Bar before heading out for the evening. Overall, my stay at the Paramount was everything I was looking for - clean, convenient and moderately priced. For theatregoers or 1st time sightseers, you could do far worse. Looking for a romantic weekend? Planning on spending substantial time in the room? I might recommend some hotels closer to the park or even the nearby Marriott, which boasts much more space but far less personality.
From journal NYC
Washington, District of Columbia
April 22, 2002
The Paramount is a member of the Ian Schrager family of hotels (see the Ian Schrager Hotels web site for more info). Having stayed at Schrager's Hudson Hotel and visited the Paramount's Whiskey Bar, I had a good idea of what to expect. Still, when I arrived Saturday afternoon, exhausted from a very late night out Friday, the experience was jarring.
The Paramount is part hotel, part nightclub and part living art exhibit. The doorman was young, friendly and gorgeous, definitely hoping to be discovered and not for his taxi hailing skills. Once inside, I found stylishly mismatched modern furniture, flattering dim lighting and more attractive staff members, all wrapped up in an ambient house beat. Post check-in, I passed the unusual nouveau newsstand, I hopped into the glowing elevator. This one was lit all in red, but during my stay, I also rode in the green and yellow elevators.
My room... I expected tiny, the Paramount being a chic New York City boutique hotel, and that's just what I got. Decorated primarily in white, the room's splashes of color came from navy and cream blocked carpeting and a huge oil canvas behind the bed. The queen size bed was low to the ground, covered with at least six pillows and, I later learned, comfortable. At the end of the bed was a desk - also white, a beautiful sculptural white chair and white chest containing the television, VCR (huge video library available - $8.50 per rental) and mini bar.
Like a lot of NYC hotel rooms, this one featured no view to speak of (unless you like parking lots), but I expected that. An in-window a/c unit somewhat obscured the view of the lot. Ancient paint on the only openable window pane made me think of a East Village dumpy apartment instead of my glamorous hotel so I pulled the blinds closed and didn't peek out again.
The greatest disappointment? The bathroom. Although the conical stainless steel sink was awesome, the shower was inexcusable. So tiny that while showering, the shabby rag of a shower curtain was touching me at all times. The tile was just short of decrepit; old and grimy with a large lump on one side. The Paramound skimps on toiletries, providing just soap and one tiny bottle of an all-in-one shampoo/conditioner.
Bottom line, would I stay here again? Yes, but only with a discount and only if I would receive a guarantee about a larger, more updated bathroom. Otherwise, you can find me at the much more plush Millenium UN Plaza or crashing on a friend's couch.
From journal Manhattan Visitor
Charlotte, North Carolina
October 31, 2004
Other parts of the hotel were also memorable. After a night on the town, the Paramount Bar provides a nice place for a nightcap. The crowd is a combination of tourists and hipsters, but we liked the vibe. The restaurant in the hotel is also worth checking out (the food is nice, and I liked sitting above the lobby, watching who came in and out of the hotel). Further, I liked the newsstand and the Dean and Deluca café (a fancy place to get some good coffee, muffin, bagel, juice, etc.) in the lobby.
Finally, the service and location were great. We had a few special requests, and they were always met with a smile and a quickness that we appreciated. Regarding the location, the hotel is a couple of blocks from the center of Times Square. It was cool to walk through at night, when Times Square was bustling...and a little surreal walking through the next morning, when Times Square was empty. Plus, the access to subways was fantastic. This was a good launching point for any part of the city.
From journal Cool Places to Stay in NYC
December 21, 2004
Upstairs, on the 11th floor, we walk into our large room. At first glance, it offers a charming combination of modern and art deco. A seating area for two with white leather armchairs is at one end of the room. A white cabinet opens up to a mini-bar and a television. Then there is the low-slung bed with the white and gold headboard. Right away, I notice some stains on the checkerboard carpet, but I shrug.
The real experience is to be gained only by staying in the room and using the amenities. First, we realized our remote control was gone, but a bellboy brought one up straightaway. Then, we tried to sleep on the bed, really a glorified futon. My partner woke up with everybody part "asleep", and we are both aching today. I rose first to take my shower, where I noticed some strange brown dust around the drain. At this point, it had definitely registered that the Paramount doesn't strive for cleanliness. The shower hardware is just like the kind I grew up with, that is, dating from the 1930s. How charming! Well, like the home I grew up in, the shower also doesn't draw hot water for about five minutes. Then you get five minutes of lukewarm water, and it's back to cold.
All these things would be acceptable in certain countries, where I might feel lucky to have hot water at all. They also would be fine if I were paying less than $100 per night. However, at $300/night, I would have liked something a little nicer. I'm not talking luxury, just a basic hotel where nothing is wrong. Every week, I stay in a spacious suite with a hot tub for $89 a night, where the housekeeping is impeccable. I realize I'm in New York right now, but I never realized how very little $300 could buy you.
From journal Weekends in NYC
April 14, 2002
Our room had two double beds and was small by standard hotel sizes (larger than the Hudson, however). Room size was not an issue with us as we never plan to spend much time in the room anyways. The bathrooms have an interesting sink design but most appreciated was the excellent shower water pressure! Beds were comfortable with blankets that are wrapped entirely with clean sheets (no worries about questionable hotel bed covers). Biggest design negative were the main lobby bathrooms - felt like I was in an airplane.
From the hotel it was very easy to walk to the MoMA, Grand Central Terminal, Times Square (of course), and Central Park.
Overall, I would recommend this hotel for couples and singles looking for a fun place to stay. I would imagine that the rooms would be a bit cramped for families.
Warning - overnight parking costs $45 and some poor guy checking out next to me somehow managed to rack up $266 in telephone charges - ouch!
From journal Staying in NYC
Bloomfield, New Jersey
January 12, 2005
The rooms themselves can be on the small side, but the beds are extremely comfortable, even if you CAN touch both walls on either side. I'd recommend this hotel for any single traveler who wants a cozy but comfortable room. For a room share, I'd only recommend it to a couple who REALLY like each other and don't mind feeling a bit cramped.
The prices might scare some people once they see the size of the rooms, but the hotel is in a perfect location (Midtown, close to Times Square and the theater district) and that's really what you are paying for here.
From journal Things to Do in NYC Before You Die
August 2, 2002
When I now think of the Paramount Hotel, the words stimulating, pretentious, over-the-top, space ship and nostalgia come to mind. Finding this hotel is like finding an Italian restaurant in a Neapolitan alley. Any business that doesn’t want you to find it easily, comes across as a bit pretentious to me. I don’t know why they wouldn’t want to be proud of such a beautiful façade. I say, put a sign up! Maybe an old theater-style marquee.
When and if you find the door of entry, there is always a handsome and friendly face to greet you. Music blaring and lighting subdued, there was a barrage of mismatched chairs from cozy slipcovered couches to tree stumps made into uncomfortable chairs in the lobby. The mezzanine bar is beautiful, with candle-lit tables, comfy couches, and hassocks strewn about. The eclectic room keys and the door lock are really difficult and my suspicion is is that everyone gets the same, "old fashioned" key. The room was small but the all white theme helped make it look livable for two days. It appeared that when this hotel was re-decorated, the old connecting doors, walls and ceilings, windows, radiators, and bathrooms were just painted over, slightly altered or covered. The window air conditioner wasn’t working on this 98-degree day. The engineer came to fix it about 3 hours later. The beds were boxsprings and mattresses on the floor, comfortable in a futon kind of way. The down pillows were great. There were no noises from surrounding rooms. The room amenities included a bar of soap and one small bottle of shampoo. The mini bar was overstocked and overpriced. The health club was a workout room with some modern equipment on the mezzanine floor with a business center open 24 hours next door. The mezzanine bar was gorgeous, and also served a very high-priced breakfast. However, the blaring new wave music made the bar a less pleasant place to dine and relax. There was a Dean and DeLuca coffee shop next to the lobby that was a much better choice for continental breakfast. Staff were all pleasant and accommodating, but seemed to lack professional management.
All in all, I left with a sense of imbalance. The 4 star rating did not fit the lack of attention to details in the rooms. The four stars belong to the lobby only. I think that if it were rated 3 stars, it would make a better impression and get more positive comments, simply because the guests would not expect so much and would be pleasantly surprised by the lobby. I would stay here again only if it were priced under $139.00 and if I wanted to have a romantic weekend with the candlelit bar in mind.
From journal Cross the Old with New in Times Square
June 24, 2002
The rooms were simple and designed in a trendy and modern way. The rooms looked like the could use some paint and the bathroom had old fixtures. Overall the hotel could use some improvements in housekeeping in the rooms and in the general areas (lobby, bar, and health club where glasses and dirty dishes were everywhere).
There were some cool designs in the lobby and a lighted board on each floor by the elevators that told you the weather for the day.
The front desk staff was helpful. The bellman out front helped us get a cab in the pouring rain.
Overall nice experience if you want to stay in the Times Square area but the hotel rooms and housekeeping could use some improvements.
From journal Hotel in Times Square
October 8, 2002
The hotel is an old, renovated hotel, but very modern and designer-chique. The staff was very friendly and check-in was a breeze. They have a great lounge/bar area, but watch out on those drinks. A friend and I each ordered a martini...at $12 each.
From journal The Paramount Hotel in New York City
March 28, 2002
From journal The Paramont Hotel in New York