The neighborhood will not appeal to those seeking a local experience
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).