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“Robbing staff!!” 3 of 5 stars
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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 #208 of 451 hotels in New York City
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“Robbing staff!!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013 via mobile

Well, I have just checked out of here today. Can't fault the location, rooms or cleanliness even though i wasn't a fan of shared bathrooms but what I can't understand is incompetence and plain out robbery.
We were a group of 4 lads with 2 bunk rooms. On arrival we were told we had to all pay an extra $20 each for deposits on the rooms. (Fair enough) we were told we would get this back.
When check out came 2 weeks later we got $7 back off one room, $16 off the other bearing in mind 4 of us paid $20 extra on arrival.
My friend showed them the conformation email on his phone which showed total cost including tax which showed a different amount to what we were confirmed. The guy behind the desk then started to try get annoyed about it as if we were in the wrong.
Want my advice, go and stay in a couple hundred $ more hotel in a more recognised chain.
You'll feel much more welcome and looked after in the Big Apple.
I wouldn't stay here again just for the audacity of the $ they swindled. I'm almost certain we won't be the only ones they've done it to either. I actually read a review saying something similar about the place after we had booked.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

What can I say about the pod, my daughter and her friend stayed here previously and recommended it as a good place to stay. The rooms are small and most of the bathrooms are shared bathrooms however it is a budget hotel and the bathrooms were spotlessly clean.

We had two rooms for four people and had bunk beds which were fine and comfy, the rooms were small but not as bad as some people make out in previous reviews as like I say it is a budget hotel. The beds were very comfy so no complaints there.

Check in was fine and I found the staff to be approachable and attentive on the rare occasion I needed any help or info. We never ate or drank here so can't comment on that side of things we left early in the morning and didn't come back until 10ish at night.

If you haven't been before you can get the subway from airport to 53rd Lexington Av which is approx $7.50 per person much cheaper than a taxi and you get to experience a bit of proper NY on the subway. The hotel is 5mins walk from subway.

We ate in the evenings twice at the BXL East bar a few doors up from the pod the food was excellent and the bar had a really good atmosphere with friendly staff. Try the spare ribs out they were excellent.

The pod has a rooftop terrace on floor no 14 which was very chilled had coffee there one morning and it was very pleasant.

One small gripe was that there were some noisy people on our landing who made quite a lot of noise when they returned in the early hours. I would expect someone from the hotel to sort this sort of thing out when it happens. However it wouldn't stop me returning as I have experienced this sort of thing in bigger and more expensive hotels than this.

Would we go back again, well the answer is a yes, great price and great location with very clean and comfy accommodation what's not to like.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We knew of course that the room we booked was small and so we were totally ok with that. The location is perfect, near the underground and easy to get to from JFK. The staff was totally ok and the (shared) bathroom was very very clean. Also the air conditioning was ok.

Room Tip: Front side is better, don't worry about the noise, the street is quiet.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Texas
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Pods is pretty much what the room we stayed in looked like. But it was actually very cool, and very cozy! And the hotel itself is super sleek. I would easily stay there again without question. Worth giving it a try, great price for the location!

Room Tip: Just keep in mind you will be sharing a bathroom in most cases, so ask for a room near one!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

I booked a room with a Queen bed for 5 nights in August 2013. Upon arrival we were upgraded to an Odd Pod (a room with 2 double beds) which was very spacious. We were on the 7th floor and next to the elevator but we could not hear any noise from the hallway or the rooms next door. Hotel staff pleasant, cleaners very friendly. Fabulous views from rooftop terrace on the 15th floor at day and night. My only complaint was that the shampoo/soap amenities (although wonderfully smelling) were quite difficult to tear open and we forgot our scissors but other than that, everything was great. A huge air conditioner allowed us to keep fruit and bottled water on it overnight so we had something cool to snack and drink on. The temperature is adjustable so that was good. I would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Red Bank, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

If you're traveling to New York on a budget or just need a simple place to stay for one or two nights, this is the hotel for you. It's a good location in East Midtown, near plenty of restaurants and easy walking to shopping or sightseeing. The front desk was very friendly, check-in was quick and easy. Be aware that these rooms are pretty sparse - we had a queen bed room with a private bathroom (some rooms are a shared bathroom, make sure to check when you book!). The bed was comfortable if a bit firm, a small tv was on the wall. The bathroom was big, the rainfall shower was european style, with no tub just a curtain and drain in the floor. There is free Wi-Fi although we didn't use it. We did find it odd that an iron and ironing board weren't standard in the room - my husband had to call to the front desk for one in the morning to iron his shirt for work. Overall the hotel was nice, clean and comfortable. For someone coming to New York on a budget or just needs the basics for one nights, it's a great place.

Room Tip: Ask to be away from the elevators - they play music in the hall right next to them which could bothe...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

This small hotel located minutes from 30 Rockefellar Center is cozy, relativlely inexpensive considering it's in the heart of Manhattan. It is clean and the staff is very helpful.
you have Wi-fi and the rooms with bunkbeds have a tv that pulls out so you can watch tv in bed.
I would reccomend this to anyone who want's a good deal.

  • Stayed October 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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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:
#14 Best Value Hotel in New York City
#180 Business Hotel in New York City
#221 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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Pod Hotel New York City
The Pod Hotel
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