Jorge has made a good point about paper selection; It is what you make of it. You have to find a paper that works for your particular style.

I started out using Platinotype, and I do find it an 'easy' paper to print on, especially for beginners. It is very forgiving, and will make a decent print with little coaxing. However, it didn't quite have the snap I was looking for, so I tried a few others. I am now using mostly COT320 or Platine, but this is really a personal decision.

I saw a bunch of prints at the last APIS made by Bob Herbst and also by Nathan Congdon that really blew me away, because I didn't appreciate how Platinotype in the right hands can produce really beautiful prints.