Sleek, modern, and very hip. We stayed here for two nights during a quick sisters' weekend in NYC, and it was perfect for our needs. We stayed in a mini-bunk room with a private bath. Since the Pod hotels offer such reasonable rates anyway, I'm SO glad we spent the extra money to get a private bath (unlike the sister Pod property in NYC). The bathroom was almost bigger than the actual room, which we thought was hilarious!
Pros: location, Location, LOCATION. This hotel is located within walking distance of all the great touristy stuff we wanted to do (Times Square, Broadway, 5th Avenue). I loved the staff, who were efficient, though informal, and very personable. There are iPads mounted in the wall by the elevator bay for people to play with while waiting for an elevator. I thought that showed a unique and cool attention to detail. The room, which was definitely small, had everything that we needed, including a rack to hang clothes, a safe, a tiny desk, and TONS of power outlets for a highly wired clientele. The rooftop deck, which is highlighted on the Pod's website, really is amazing. Very cool architecture, great views, and lots of seating. Since hanging out in the room isn't very practical, it was nice being able to invite over some of our local friends, grab some beers from the local convenience store down the street, and hang out up here. I noticed they had also set up couches and tables inside for hanging out on days when it is raining. They also let me wander around in the downstair bar/restaurant space, which had not yet opened during our stay. Big, dark, trendy, long bar, and I noticed at least one game table (maybe ping pong?) - I'll definitely be interested in coming back here to check that out. They gave each of us a drink ticket when we checked in, which was also a cool little perk. I got an orange juice one morning, and it was delicious! The ticket could also be used for coffee or a cocktail.
Cons: The elevators are open glass, which I thought was very cool, but sort of gave me vertigo. The bathroom in the room had a glass sliding door separating it from the rest of the room, but if you're not alone in the room, be sure that you are comfortable for them to hear EVERYTHING you are doing in the bathroom. There was also only a single knob for both the sink and the shower, so it was sort of guesswork on how to get cold or hot water. If you're showering during the normal morning rush, the shower never actually gets beyond a luke warm, which was disappointing. They had put in plantation style shutters on the windows, which I liked, but because of the position of the bunk beds, you couldn't open them.
For us, the pros of the Pod far outweighed the cons. I wouldn't bring my mom to this place given the size of the room, but for my ittle sis and me, I considered this an excellent choice.
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- 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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