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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 #197 of 446 hotels in New York City
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“Value for money”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

This is a value for money hotel. The hotel is in a good location, close to Metro. The staff is friendly and the rooms are clean. The downside to the cheap price is that the rooms are very small, but we didn't really need anymore space as we only needed a place to sleep, so it was actually okay. We stayed in a room with own toilet and bath, but there are many rooms without, so during the night there was some traffic and noice on the hallway with all the people going to the toilet. The hotel has a very nice roof-top terrace. All in all a very decent hotel taking the price into consideration. I could go again.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Stayed in the Pod Hotel for 7 nights in May 2013 in a bunk bed room. The room was small (and seemed to get smaller as the week went on and we accumulated more shopping bags) but we couldn't fault it apart from that. The room and the shared bathroom were perfectly clean and our room was serviced every morning with fresh towels etc. Breakfast was available at the cafe downstairs and staff there were very friendly. Other great things about the hotel are the roof terrace and the location, very close to fifth avenue, Broadway and Times Square. There is a subway station about a minute away from the hotel and the concierge are very good at giving advice on which subway line to use. A great choice if you plan on a busy holiday in New York and don't want a luxury hotel with lots of space.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

We spent 4 nights at Pod 51 last week. The location of this hotel is EXCELLENT. Very close to many very good restaurants and bars. Only 1 block from subway stations that can take you all over NYC. There was a small hiccup when we arrived and they could not find our reservation that was made by Expedia, but they quickly remedied that while I parked the car. No parking on site but there is a parking garage very close by just up the street that gives special rates to Pod 51. It cost us $30.00 per day to park. That is a good deal anywhere in midtown.
The room we had was a bunk bed room with shared bath. It was very clean. When you read other reviews that state the rooms are tiny, those reviews are correct. But it more than suited our needs and I would certainly return to that same type of room for the great price. The shared baths were constantly cleaned. They were always clean, and in the 4 days we stayed we never even had to wait a single minute to use one.
Others have stated in their reviews that the halls are noisy. I have to agree. That really is the only negative thing I have to say. Early morning wake ups from slamming doors can be bothersome but did detract from our enjoyment of our stay.
If you are looking at exploring NYC on a budget then Pod 51 is a good option.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Will stay here again, particularly when similar as to this particular NYC solo trip on a tight budget for a short time. Met expectations as a clean, organized, safe, and efficient. Cleverly designed rooms felt as if I were staying in a highly compact (~10'x8'ft double bed private bath, 2 windows) IKEA-style show room.

Lobby, hallway music, many foreign language guests, and wall coverings provided for a "hip, young culture" even though I'm approaching more middle-aged. Staff was friendly and helpful. Sufficient amenities for this value, including free wi-fi. I had reviewed Trip Advisor as a reference and found earlier reviews right on target.

Some hallway noise as other guests periodically closed doors or took luggage down the narrow hallways.

Two suggested conveniences in the room would be a TV channel guide and electrical plugs directly at desk level rather than under the desk.

Room Tip: Had a room over the back courtyard, and thus likely making it quieter from street noise.
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Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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São Paulo in Brazil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

If you are looking for a big room, this is not the place. However, the hotel is clena, nice and modernly decoraded. There is a garden for breakfast and a nice rooftop view.
I stayed in a double room with private bathroom, and defitely Recomend the place.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

We stayed at pod 51 for 4 nights. Our bunkbed room was small as expected but If you're familiar with the person you're staying with, it's no problem at all. The inroom wifi worked great and we printed our boarding passes from the ipads in the lobby which was very convenient. The concierge was very helpful, you can get a map of the city from them. The only downside was that the room would get really stuffy if we kept the window closed so we had to leave the window open all the time. The bathrooms were clean at all times! And the neighborhood feels really safe.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Pod 51 Hotel

Also Known As:
Pod Hotel
Pod Hotel New York
Pod Hotel New York City
The Pod Hotel
Pod Hotel Nyc
Pickwick Arms
Pod Hotel Ny
Pod New York City
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:
#8 Best Value Hotel in New York City
#169 Business Hotel in New York City
#190 Family 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. 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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