After a long search, I opted for the Pod 39 due to the price and location.
The location is fantastic, you can walk anywhere from there.
I was fully aware of the dimension of the rooms and the building construction works still on by the previous reviews.
The hotel is brand new (therefore the carpet in the room is still clean!).
The check-in was quick, even too quick I must say, as there was no mention at the time of the card transaction of an extra charge as deposit... I was informed by a text message from Visa instead of the receptionist in front of me! I do not mind the deposit if required, but I expect to be immediately informed by a member of staff.
The hotel has a small hall with a couple of sofas and 4 i-pads on the wall for customers use which I personally appreciated.
The doubleroom was a corner room at the 14° floor with 3 small windows (2 by the bed and 1 in the bathroom) with enough light and air and it was quite clean. Towels and toilettries provided.
The first impression once I opened the door was "OMG! how can I survive here for a week?!" but I have to say that after the first day, it was absolutely fine. As you can see from the pictures the space between the bed and the bathroom is tiny. There is no closet but just a few hangers.
You need to put your suitbag underneath the bed as there is no much space to move otherwise.
The rain shower is not powerful enough and this is a minus point for me, also there is no full-length mirror.
In my opinion, they should have studied the room space better, like using bed which transforms to a sofa (like yohotel) and also, what is the point of using the carpet in a new hotel? it gets dirty and dusty very quickly.
The roof terrace is amazing, unfortunately the evening we decided to go, it was packed with drunk people.. and also the bar staff was quite drunk and did not pay us any attention so we left disappointed.
I am not sure if it is open just to the hotel customers or to the public as well...
I think there should be a better control at the hotel entrance of people coming and going for security issues. I felt that anyone could just walk in and get to the elevator.
I would say that it is a good choice to stay in Manhattan, but it should be cheaper due to the size of the rooms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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