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“Hurricane Sandy” 3 of 5 stars
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Pod 39 Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   145 E 39th Street, New York City, NY 10016 (Manhattan)   |  
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Ranked #151 of 459 Hotels in New York City
York, United Kingdom
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20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Hurricane Sandy”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Clean but tiny room, pleasant staff who really came into their own when the hurricane knocked the power off for several days. Emergency generator wasn't man enough for the job (or was it that the fuel tank was too small) so the staff were stationed on the landings with little torches to guide you up and down stairs.

They did their best and, within the limits of the state of emergency, did a decent job.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Stayed here on a recent 36-hr last minute business trip, so it was affordable and available. That being said, it was clean and the staff nice and accommodating. Otherwise, can't give it any stars for comfort or location. I usually stay in SOHO, so prefer that. And I like to have more room ... to put stuff and to move around! I know NYC is small, but even the largest room here was minuscule. And as another reviewer noted, it was very 'hostel-like' and could hear everything through the thin walls. I wouldn't stay here again, it was a last minute option and that's all.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012 via mobile

We had one of the bunk rooms which was perfect for two friends exploring the city. Yes the rooms are small, but they are very functional. We both are self proclaimed over packers and although we took up most of the floor space with our stuff we still had room to move around. The furnishings and bedding is wonderful, modern, and clean. The hotel really caters to Modern amenities people want, plug ins next to each bunk right next to a little shelf, individual tvs next to each bunk, rain style shower head- what more could you ask for in a little room in the city? Not to mention the staff was wonderful, very helpful and friendly. Only two tips: only stay with people your are comfortable with, the bathroom doors are made from frosted glass- not much of a sound barrier. Also, grab breakfast elsewhere the breakfast offerings are minimal and the breakfast burritos we ordered were very small. There is a wonderful bagel and egg shop just around the corner on Lexington.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

I am writing this review from my perfect little room at Pod 39. I was very skeptical at first, but I am happy I chose this hotel and for the price it is of great value. The bed is comfortable and the room is super clean! I love it! It's small but all the space one needs for an over night stay. I love this hotel, its location, the customer service. Wonderful place to stay!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Stayed at Pod 39 for a girls Christmas weekend. It was very clean and the beds were very comfortable. Kids would love it because each bunk has its own television. Anyone who has taken a cruise will find these rooms very similar in size to a typical cruise cabin. Very convenient to Grand Central and only a 10 minute walk to Penn Station.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Just a couple blocks away from Bryant Park, 5th Avenue, Grand Central, Times Square, this is the BEST hotel to stay at if you're on a budget. Stayed a total of 5 nights in a mini-bunk room. Yes the room was ridiculously small, but honestly, I didn't mind it one bit. The entire hotel was well-kept, rooms cleaned daily, AMAZING view from the hotel rooftop (I wish they had lit it up while we were there!), just A+ on everything.

I had been on the fence about staying here, but I don't regret it at all. It makes your New York experience that much better.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Had I gone to New York alone the hotel would have been fine. It was clean and in a good location. However, because I was with my wife, it was another story. The room was small and cramp. No where to put your clothing. No closet. Difficult to get in and out of the bed on one side. The bathroom wall and door were frosted glass and very see through with the Television hanging on the wall outside in close proximity to the toilet which gave you two different viewing options. Didn't want to stay in the room, take my clothing off or use the bathroom. Had I been alone it would have been entirely different.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 145 E 39th Street, New York City, NY 10016
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Manhattan , Midtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #151 of 459 Hotels in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Pod 39 Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 366
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
There’s a Pod for every person, and an endless range of possibilities. The Pod 39 Hotel offers hip, convenient and personalized accommodations for the stylish and spend thrifty traveler. The Hotel is located in the heart of Manhattan and is New York’s number one choice for visitors on a budget. Each Pod is individually climate controlled and equipped with efficient, stylish furniture that’s designed to maximize your comfort and your living space. Guests can plug into the Pod community before arriving on our Pod Culture Forum. Swap stories, trade itineraries and ideas and get to know your fellow Pod mates.It’s your Pod. Make the most of it. ... more   less 
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