Paramount Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Midtown West, Manhattan, New York City

Oyster Review Summary

Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators

Pros

  • Official NYC landmark with a $40 million renovation under its belt
  • Contemporary rooms in a variety of sizes; some spacious suites
  • Underground entertainment venue on the premise
  • A range of impressive meeting facilities
  • Rooms have bright furnishings and quality linens
  • Half a block from Times Square and its 8 subway lines
  • Stylish rooms with flat-screen HD TVs and iPod docks
  • Dimly lit, see-and-be-seen lobby with DJ sessions nightly (except Sundays)
  • The wine-focused Paramount Bar & Grill serves New American food
  • A clean fitness room with (of course) good lighting

Cons

  • Daily fee for Wi-Fi (per device)
  • Certain rooms are tiny and/or have no view
  • The futuristic bathrooms lack counter space
  • No pool or spa on-site
  • Long lines are common during check-in
  • The neighborhood will not appeal to those seeking a local experience

Bottom Line

Since its 1928 official grand opening, this architectural hotel landmark in French Renaissance style has undergone many changes. Past designers have included Ian Schrager and Philipe Starck, but most recently, renovations to the 597 rooms (completed in 2013 with a hefty price tag) came from interior designer Meyer Davis -- the man behind such NYC hotels and restaurants as The Nolitan and Locanda Verde. It’s no surprise then that the main areas showcase the designer’s work including a jaw-dropping low-lit lobby with DJ sessions and a New American restaurant. Stylish rooms (some really tiny, even by New York standards) have modern furnishings and quality linens, but lack counter space. And be prepared to spend for Wi-Fi -- for every device.

Categories

, , ,

Oyster Hotel Photos

View All 8 Albums

Customers Who Viewed Paramount Hotel Also Viewed

The James New York
21% viewed
The James New York
SoHo, Manhattan
Row NYC
15% viewed
Row NYC
Times Square, Manhattan
Sanctuary Hotel
12% viewed
Sanctuary Hotel
Times Square, Manhattan
The Refinery Hotel
12% viewed
The Refinery Hotel
Midtown West, Manhattan

Oyster Hotel Review

 Scene

A hip (but not too hip) hotel with live DJ music and stylish rooms

Street-side, the Paramount looks like it could be any other classic Midtown hotel. Inside, however, the design from Meyer Davis is trendy and impressive. The main attraction is the jaw-dropping two-story lobby and wide fireplace (if lucky it will actually be on) and a nightly DJ who sets up shop from the second floor. Though there isn’t a lobby bar, guests can walk to the New American restaurant (also quite chic), order a drink and take a seat in one of the attractive lounge areas. There is a special mirror by the elevators on each floor that denotes the weather of the day: words such as "snow," "rain," or "sun" will be lit up. The hotel does appeal to business types with its stand-out meeting facilities, but the smallest rooms are not ideal for working. The clientele here is mostly leisure tourists, not surprising given the hotel's prime Theater District location. Though hip in design, the hotel is not pretentious and it attracts people of all ages and nationalities.

 Location

Central location near Times Square and close to major theatres

The Paramount is located on 46th Street off Broadway in the heart of Times Square. This stretch of street is lined with theaters, and there’s a virtually constant stream of people -- mostly tourists -- filling the sidewalks. The TKTS booth, where same-day theater tickets are available for up to 50 percent off, is just steps away. Times Square is busy around the clock with food, souvenir shops, and sightseeing options, but the sheer volume of bike and foot traffic can induce sensory overload. However, the area is a convenient base for exploring the city’s sights, both on foot and via public transportation. Numerous subway lines are within blocks, and Midtown attractions such as Bryant Park and Rockefeller Center are an easy walk. Lots of restaurants can be found on Restaurant Row and in Hells Kitchen.

 Rooms

Stylish and well-equipped -- but some are tiny

The Paramount features 597 stylish and cheerful rooms with bright white and blue decor and great amenities. Lower-category units are tiny even by New York standards, so those who need more space might want to book a Deluxe Room or a suite. Bathrooms are small but attractive, with tub/shower combos, futuristic metal sinks (though zero counter space), and accent walls with red tiling. The spacious one-bedroom suites and specialty suites are magnificent with designer furnishings and separate living areas. The Couture Suite is meant for VIPs and is as big as an apartment.

 Features

An impressive restaurant, meeting rooms and fitness center

The hotel's common spaces exude a hip atmosphere, thanks to the redesign from Meyer Davis’s team. The restaurant serves all three meals in spacious surroundings with a chic exposed wine cellar, bar and lounge area. For post-dinner entertainment, guests can go underground for a live theatre performance at the Diamond Horseshoe (shows subject to change). This original fixture of the Paramount when it opened has been revived and keeps a 1940s theme. In the morning, guests can hit the gym and have Italian specialities at Corso Coffee (including wood-roasted espresso).

 Fitness Center

A well-equipped, 24-hour gym

  • Cardio and strength-training equipment
  • Free weights
  • Free bottled water and free use of towels
  • Personal trainers, Pilates instructors and massage therapists available upon request (for a fee)

 Services

All the basics, including room service and a concierge

  • Fee for Wi-Fi, but free in the common areas
  • Free use of iPads and iMacs in the lobby
  • Concierge services
  • Room service
  • Valet parking (for a fee)
  • Stylish meeting rooms, most with natural light
  • Two great shops on-site, off the lobby
  • DJ sessions on weekends in the lobby

 Handicap

A few accessible rooms

The hotel offers a few accessible rooms, but some have tubs instead of roll-in showers. The only room types that offer accessible features are the Broadway Classic and the Superior Queen Room.

 Bottom Line

Since its 1928 official grand opening, this architectural hotel landmark in French Renaissance style has undergone many changes. Past designers have included Ian Schrager and Philipe Starck, but most recently, renovations to the 597 rooms (completed in 2013 with a hefty price tag) came from interior designer Meyer Davis -- the man behind such NYC hotels and restaurants as The Nolitan and Locanda Verde. It’s no surprise then that the main areas showcase the designer’s work including a jaw-dropping low-lit lobby with DJ sessions and a New American restaurant. Stylish rooms (some really tiny, even by New York standards) have modern furnishings and quality linens, but lack counter space. And be prepared to spend for Wi-Fi -- for every device.

Enter dates for best prices

Check-in
Check-out
Guests
 AVG/NIGHT 
Hotels.com  
Expedia.com  
Tingo.com  
Booking.com  
Travelocity  
Otel.com  
Priceline.com  
CheapTickets.com  

All About Oyster

You Can't Return a Bad Vacation.

Our special investigators visit, photograph, review and rate each hotel. We uncover the truth, before it's "uh-oh" time.

Go undercover with an Oyster Investigator The Today Show
Go Undercover with an Oyster Investigator
See 56 Videos of Oyster on TV

Nearby Hotels to Consider

Hilton Garden Inn Times Square
Hilton Garden Inn Times Square
Times Square, Manhattan
Rating: 35 Pearls

Distance: Less than 0.1 mi
Best Western PLUS President Hotel at Times Square
Best Western PLUS President Hotel at Times Square
Times Square, Manhattan
Rating: 30 Pearls

Distance: Less than 0.1 mi
The Belvedere
The Belvedere
Midtown West, Manhattan
Rating: 35 Pearls

Distance: 0.1 mi
The Time
The Time
Times Square, Manhattan
Rating: 35 Pearls

Distance: 0.1 mi

Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 308
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
View All

Hotel Information

Location: Midtown West, Manhattan
Address: 235 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036
(See Map)
Loading Live Rates
Loading...