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Pod 51 Hotel

230 East 51st Street, New York City, NY 10022
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Chicago, IL
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I spent two nights at the Pod51 July 22-24. I actually stayed at the hotel numerous decades ago when it was the Pickwick Arms, and I paid $12.00 a night, with a sagging bed, and a single light bulb overhead. I have stayed at the hotel number times since then (when it was still the Pickwick Arms), and things definitely... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great value for money for a room in Manhattan. A block from a nearby subway station, and also walkable distance to certain sights (e.g. Grand Central Station, 5th Ave shopping locations etc.) Stayed in two types of rooms - one with shared bathroom, the other with bathroom attached. The latter is more spacious (obviously). I had a bit of issue... More 

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Port Chalmers, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We loved our stay here. The free walking tours are a must and help to see an learn about parts of NY City that could be missed. The location is handy walking distance to many sights such as United Nations, Central Park, Times Square, subway to China Town. The hotel is a cross between a hotel and a backpackers, and... More 

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İstanbul
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Rooms are small and basic,clean.But they have everything in.We stayed in winter and it was very good advantage to drop room in the middle of the day and left the packages ,rest for a while ,warm and contunie walking down the city.In the freeze nights we turned the hotel early and complete the day at the bar.Location is the best.You... More 

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Busselton, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

After having seen the prices of hotels in NYC over the summer, my friend & I chose the Pod Hotel in a Bunk Room with shared bathroom and had low expectations. However, upon arrival we were thrilled to discover our room was immaculately clean, and quiet on the 5th floor. The shared bathrooms were always clean & it felt as... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We picked this hotel as it was an affordable hotel in July in NYC and it had great reviews. The location is perfect if you want to be in a neighbourhood rather than in the middle of tourist areas (Time Square). It is a short walk (2-3mins) to the E/M/6 subway lines at Lexington and 53rd. It was The front... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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11 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Conveniently located just shy of Times Square and Central Park, the title of my review says it all. One plus of staying here was it was away from the nonstop din and traffic of the heart of NYC. So much easier to find restaurants nearby that aren't chains and tourist traps. Plus if you're shopping, Fifth Avenue is a five... More 

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BrianRaughton, Guest Relations Manager at Pod 51 Hotel, responded to this review

Jason F, Thank you for taking a moment to give us some feedback on your most recent stay at POD 51 in NYC. Thank you for the kind words about us being clean, comfortable, and efficient - it is nice to near that coming from a level 3 contributor on TripAdvisor. We hope to have you back again soon. bryan@thepodhotel.com More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was the second time I've stayed at Pod 51 at NYC. The first time was for New Year's Eve. The hotel os excellent and have a very good price for a central location in Midtown and for NYC. My room has shared bathroon (4 bathroons). That wasn't a problem. There are lights in the room that indicate when the... More 

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BrianRaughton, Guest Relations Manager at Pod 51 Hotel, responded to this review

Hello Sabrina Q, It is nice to see another Level 3 Contributor on the reviews today. Thank you for the kind words about your recent stays at POD 51. Thank you for mentioning how the "shared bathrooms" work and that you found them to be clean easy to use. We look forward to seeing you again in NYC. bryan@thepodhotel.com More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It can be very difficult - and feel impossible! - to find a centrally located hotel room on a budget in NYC. The Pod hotels are pretty much just a bed, sink, toilet and shower but it does the job. I'm not sure which model of micro hotels came first but the Citizen M hotels in the UK operate on... More 

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Wappingers Falls, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was expecting it to be noisy and chaotic; it was calm and well ordered. I was expecting the room to be just big enough for a bed without room to walk around; it was big enough for two people to move around. I was expecting a crowded rooftop area; it was a calm, spacious oasis in amongst all the... More 

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