Paramount Hotel

Photograph: Michel Arnaud
Photograph: Jesse David Harris
Photograph: Jesse David Harris
Midtown West
The brainchild of theater architect Thomas W. Lamb, the Paramount opened in the late 1920s, and a recent $40 million revamp has restored glamour to its public spaces. Stonehill & Taylor Architects and Meyer Davis Studio reimagined the expansive lobby of the Theater District hotel as a “living room” where guests can kick back on a 20-foot-long tufted leather sofa or a blue velvet bench; a DJ booth perches on the second-floor mezzanine above the fireplace for music most evenings. In contrast to the lively, warm aesthetic of the public spaces, the plain, blue-and-white rooms feel like an afterthought; however, quarters feature luxury touches such as pillow-top mattresses, 32-inch flatscreen HD TVs and iPod docking systems. Most of the tiny bathrooms are outfitted with bathtubs, but in the one we viewed, the tiles could benefit from regrouting. While there is free Wi-Fi in the lobby, you’ll pay $13.95 a day for in-room access. In the swanky Paramount Bar & Grill, chef Jason Kellert, formerly of Tavern on the Green and Le Cirque, offers a menu of American classics and Corso—the hotel’s new Italian coffeeshop—crafts Aneri Tricaffe espresso drinks. Retail includes the bazaarlike boutique, Free & the Brave, which carries mostly American designers like Suno and Electric Feathers, while Paramount News sells kitschy souvenirs. Rooms: 597.
Venue name: Paramount Hotel
Address: 235 W 46th St
New York
Cross street: between Broadway and Eighth Ave
Transport: Subway: N, Q, R, 42nd St S, 1, 2, 3, 7 to 42nd St–Times Sq
Price: $250–$500 double. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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