I was pleasantly surprised by the Pod 51 during my stay - it was clean, modern, safe, and in close proximity to lots of NYC attractions. I was a little apprehensive before booking, as a previously-booked airbnb apartment was cancelled last minute, leaving me scrambling for a place to stay. The Pod exceeded my expectations!
Pros: Location - yes, there are more central areas to stay in NYC and hipper, more happening neighborhoods. However, this spot (near the UN) is only a few blocks from 5th Avenue shopping, Grand Central, lots of sushi restaurants, and several subway stations. We walked to Times Square and Central Park- both longer hikes, but certainly nothing strenuous and lots to see on the quick 15 minute walks.
Value for money - we stayed in a room with a queen bed and a private bathroom. While this hotel is very upfront about the economic room sizes, the queen room is PLENTY of space for two people, as long as you don't mind being very close the whole time in the room! We were on out way back to Uganda for work, so we had a total of four giant suitcases, two carryons, a backpack, etc. There was plenty of room to store our bags and the hanging rod, drawers under the bed, and side tables had plenty of room for the things we needed. I can't speak to the size of other rooms, but this was perfect for the two of us. We could have upgraded to a bigger hotel for $100 or $200 more, but we would rather spend that money on nice dinners than a room we didn't spend much time in anyway!
Ambiance - the hotel is warm, inviting, and modernly furnished. The lobby was under renovation while we were there, but the temporary space located in the Pop@Pod restaurant underneath works fine for the time being. The room was clean and pretty. There is also rooftop access on the 14th floor with nice lounge chairs and tables if you're coming in the summertime.
Cons: Internet - the intermittent wifi service (kicked us off after five minutes, if it could connect at all) could have been due to the renovations I mentioned earlier, but it was the biggest frustration of our trip. Not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, but this is 2014 and reliable wifi access is not a difficult service to provide, renovation or no renovation. If this is a dealbreaker for you, this may not be your first choice of lodging.
Proximity to nightlife - take this with a grain of salt. If you are looking to be right outside the door of booming nightclubs and an all-night party scene, you might want to look elsewhere. This is a great location for sightseeing and getting to main attractions, but it tends to be in more of a financial/business/shopping/tourist area and is pretty peaceful after midnight. However, this is ONLY a con for you if proximity to clubs and bars is your very top priority. I almost hesitate to mention it, as I don't want to sound like it is a tired, empty place - because it isn't! It was actually pretty nice to have a quiet, relaxing place to come after a long day of walking (and eating too much of NY's endless food, to be perfectly honest).
We really enjoyed our trip and I will definitely stay here again when I visit the city!
- 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