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Pod 51 Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   230 East 51st Street, New York City, NY 10022 (Manhattan)   |  
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Ranked #204 of 449 hotels in New York City
Lucerne, Switzerland
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“Clean, great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

We stayed at the pod end of september for 7 nights. It's true the rooms are very small, but I would say that's ok as you are out most of the time anyway. We had a Double Pod with own bathroom. As a couple i would recommend it. For anyone else not, as there is no privacy with only a glas door between room/bathroom. The cleaning staff did a good job, it was always very clean in our room. Wifi is free, our room was on the 11th floor and had a very good wifi signal.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Horrified by the cost of a room and value for money options in NYC, found the reviews on Tripadvisor encouraging enough to book Pod 51. Only required a 1 night stay on either side of a cruise ex NYC. The booking process was handled very efficiently as well as subsequent enquiries. The hotel is located in a good area, close to all amenities and very close to the subway and very easy access on subway from JFK. But the reality is different from the pictures on the website - not nearly as bright and cheerful ! And size is an issue if you are not prepared for it.

Got upgraded on the first 1 night stay from a bunk room to a twin bedded room. It was a squeeze and the ensuite bathroom an even bigger squeeze. Not sure how large people would be able to use the toilet. Am sure those walls have many funny stories to tell. But it was clean and did not require the use of a shared bathroom which was a bonus. The cabin and bathroom on our cruise was bigger !

On the return stay, did not get upgraded so had to stick with the bunk room. (The cost of an upgrade is quite extortinate). It is SMALL especially with more than one suitcase in the room. Well insulated room so very stuffy and need to use the aircon. The shared bathrooms are kept reasonably clean and have sufficient room to move about. The one shower I used had only one temperature - scalding !

The front desk, concierge etc are efficient but not over-friendly. This is a popular and busy establishment so the public areas are like a railway station. The roof garden is worth a visit - the views of NYC are great.

The name says it all - things are tight but for a short stay is ok.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012 via mobile

The website over exaggerates the size of the whole hotel. Our room was smaller than the average dog kennel. There are no dimmer lights as advertised, the iPod docking station didn't work and the rooms air con gave off an irritating smell that effected my husbands asthma. There is no air con in the lifts or hall ways so the temp in the hotel is horrendous. There are 2 bathrooms shared with aprox 25 rooms and again you couldn't swing a cat in either of them!

Our room was 1420 and it looked nothing like it did on the net. Horrible brown carpet, navy blue bedding, and white walls. Not sure what happened to the modern colour scheme!

790 dollars for 4 nights in a sweltering dog kennel. That's the last time we put our dog in kennels!

If you plan on spending 20 hours a day sightseeing this hotel is for you.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

My hubby and I recently stayed at the Pod on 51st for 5 days. I wanted to find an inexpensive hotel in a good location and the Pod definitly fit that description. I liked the photos online but was disappointed when our room looked nothing like what I saw online. We got a room with a private bath and the entire bathroom was literally smaller than a bathroom stall at Max Brenner's in Soho. I didn't mind it at all b/c we literally were just there to sleep and spent ALL day walking around exploring so for me it was adequate. My hubby wasn't too pleased with the room b/c there was just NO room to put your stuff and his feet hung off the bed at night (he's only 5'10). Also even with the private bathroom there is NO privacy. If you have the slightest bit of embarrasment about going to the bathroom in the same room as your travel partner then stay somewhere else.
If I were traveling alone I would absolutely stay here again, but if we go as a couple we're going to find another option. Also they didn't turn on the air conditioning in the hotel and it was SO hot! This is from someone coming from Texas. The room cooled off quickly but they would turn off the air after they cleaned the room so every time we came in we had to cool the room off again which was frustrating.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

in the heart of manhattan is easy hotel with really small room, clean and well located.. few hundreds of meters from subway.. it's good saving money in nycity if you don't need much.. it's well security and well clean

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Pod 51 Hotel

Address: 230 East 51st Street, New York City, NY 10022
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in New York City
#187 Business Hotel in New York City
#208 Family Hotel in New York City
#229 Romantic Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Pod 51 Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hippest affordable hotel in New York City, where new friends are made every day. Room types for every budget and preference. All mod connections in every WiFi-free accom-odation. Kick back and relax in our hip, modish lobby, grab a bite to eat at our restaurants, or soak up the city from above on our beautiful rooftop garden. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Pod Hotel New York City
The Pod Hotel
Pod Hotel Nyc
Pod New York City

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