It's not flashy, but the eleven-story Paramount is a solid deal, with comfortable contemporary guestrooms and a prime location that make it a popular choice. Right in the center of Downtown, the classy boutique hotel offers easy access to theaters, the Convention Center, shopping, and the Pik Place Market, and is just three blocks from a major transit hub. Dragonfish Cafe, the on-site Pan-Asian restaurant, has impressive happy-hour deals and fabulous sushi.
Guestrooms, which feature warm woods and neutral hues with the occasional pop of color and pattern, are clean and comfortable, particularly the beds. Spacious desks are a bonus for business travelers. Rooms include coffee and tea as well as a mini-fridge.
YOU SHOULD KNOW As boutique style goes, the Paramount's rooms are nothing to write home about, and some guests feel they could be quieter.
Spacious and well-lit bathrooms feature neutral contemporary style with stone tile and granite counters. Some include a bath and walk-in shower, with a separate water closet for convenience.
The handsome lobby features plush velvet sofas in aubergine and burnt ochre sit in front of a large fireplace with a marble surround and a substantial warm-wood mantel. Flanked by built-in bookcases, the fireplace wall makes a striking focal point for the seating area and lends the 90s-era building a more been-around-for-ages feel. By the front entrance, a long, curved planter in front of banks of windows contains a lovely assortment of green and orange plants.
The 24/7 fitness center features several cardio machines (elliptical, treadmill, bike), free weights, a couple of strength-training machines and yoga balls.
Dragonfish Asian Cafe finds its inspiration primarily in the East Asia region, with flavorful bento boxes, bowls, and sushi. The restaurant also serves an American breakfast.
Locals love the happy hour, with nibbles as cheap as $1.95 and options like ordering a half-roll of sushi favorites.
Dragonfish Asian Cafe's bar serves a variety of draft beers, wines, cocktails, and sake. The happy hour offerings include the $3.95 Lychee Drop.
The Paramount is three blocks from Westlake Center, a major transit hub. Link light rail connects to Capitol Hill and the University of Washington, as well as Sea-Tac airport. Also in the area: the Monorail, which connects to Seattle Center; the terminus for the South Lake Union Streetcar; and buses that service every corner of the city.
For coffee and pastries, you can’t go wrong with Caffe Ladro (1-minute walk), which has several locations in Seattle. The popular Blueacre Seafood (2-minute walk) showcases regional catches like salmon, black cod, and Dungeness crab alongside a wide variety of seafood and land options. Also very close by, the Carlisle Room (2-minute walk) features a few meat and fish dishes and an extensive menu of plant-based options, including its veggie Impossible Burger. Most restaurants near the hotel cater to the theater crowd, which means early-evening and late-night crowds, so make reservations accordingly.
Nightlife aficionados should check out Capitol Hill (a 15-minute ride on light rail) for the biggest variety, from chic cocktail lounges to boisterous bars and music clubs. Downtown isn’t known for a lit after-hours scene, but there are some solid imbibing options around Pike Place Market (10-minute walk), including Radiator Whiskey, the Alibi Room, and Pike Place Brewing.
WHY WE LIKE IT
It may not be the coolest boutique hotel around, but the Paramount offers comfort and low-key style for a relatively budget-friendly price. The biggest draw is its location in the heart of Downtown, close to the convention center, theaters, shopping, and popular attractions.