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Pod 39 Hotel
Ranked #195 of 467 Hotels in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
163 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great place if price is right”
Reviewed May 15, 2013

This hotel did 'the trick'. It was very clean and modern as well as safe and walking distance to Time Square area and Grand Central Station. The drawback was the room size...it was tiny (maybe a bit bigger than my walk-in closet). Also a little chinsey with shampoo and towels. I would definitely stay here again as long as it was amongst the lowest priced hotels in the 3 star category within 2km from Times Square. (Stayed in the Mini Pod room)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Norfolk, Virginia
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

Every review about this place is true. I highly suggest not just staying here, but really looking at the people that work here and the thought that went into design.. Each employee was hand picked by HR. Therein lies the genius of this place. Kudos to the staff,designers and organizers. The people here will far out weigh it's compact size. A great experience!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed May 13, 2013 via mobile

Clean functional hotelon 39th street not far from Grand Central station. Rooms small but very clean and comfortable, all with attached bathroom. Good rooftop bar. Price reasonsble for the area. Walking distance to Times Square and near tje subway.

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Newnan, Georgia
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

My daughter is a model and worked Fashion Week 2013. We needed to be in Manhattan for 3 weeks, but affordably. We gambled on Pod 39 for the primary reason of the price. We were in 1501, next to an elevator, and although I'd read reviews complaining of noise, we had no problem with this. Up high on the 15th floor, all was quiet. As you would expect, the room is very small. We got a room with two twin beds, bunked. There's maybe 2 feet between the side of the bunk and the wall and maybe 8 from the end of the bed to the door. There was a single, shuttered window with a nice view of the Empire State building. There was no screen on the window, which was surprising, but I actually liked being able to lean my head out and enjoy the fresh air. There is no closet, just a close rack with a shelf and room safe, and a small table/chair. Although staying for 3 weeks meant we had far more clothing than most guests, we were able to make the space work with a little creativity. Each bunk has its own flat screen TV/remote, a reading light, and a shelf with outlet for phones, chargers, etc. One thing to consider if you're sharing a room though....the bathroom only has a sliding glass door with the glass frosted two thirds of the way up. It meets the needs of privacy only barely, lol. The room is utilitarian, but very clean and for less than a hundred bucks a night in the center of Manhattan, it cannot be beat! And the rooftop has a great open air terrace and an area inside where you can chill on comfortable couches, so whenever I wanted to relax at the hotel I always went up there. There was rarely more than 1-2 people so it was perfect. Because we were there in February, the rooftop bar wasn't open, it's possible that it would be more filled with people if the bar is open, but I don't know. The restaurant has a very small menu with very tasty mini-meals, perfect for a quick breakfast or late night snack. I enjoyed the toasted pumpkin bread in the morning with gourmet pineapple butter and for later, the lamb tacos and the fresh quacomole were awesome! Great price, great food stuffs, very polite staff, and within walking distance to anywhere.....I would definitely stay at the Pod 39 again!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed May 13, 2013

Nicely priced, nicely located hotel -we've tried a lot in mid-town, and this place was unique, funky, and fun. The rooms are quite compact, but offer most of what you need - clean, comfortable beds, cozy. This hotel has a great bar scene - one on the main floor, and one on the roof top. It is a young, hip scene. We stayed only one night, but we would definitely come back. Avoid this place if you are extra tall or large.

Room Tip: Be careful how you pick your room. A single bed is meant for only one person.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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ny
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed May 13, 2013

The hotel is fine: a well designed, well functioning beehive extracting maximum utility from every square inch of space. Room looks like an Ikea "demo" setup for "how to furnish 100 sq. ft": there is about 2-3 feet of floor space surrounding the bed, and some of that is occupied by minimalistic furniture. Everything you need is there and works. We stayed one night, and essentially, didn't bother to unpack: our suitcases only fit standing anyway.
Location is OK - Murray Hill is probably the least glamorous part of town, mostly post-frat bars along the Third ave, but at least it is not swamped by hordes of tourists.
Taco place downstairs is a madhouse on weekends

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed May 10, 2013

I stayed at Pod 29 for two nights on a business trip. The hotel was well situated and was everything I expected. The room was certainly compact and there was no closet or much spare room. This being said, the room was well thought out. From hooks and hangers on the wall for a few items of clothing, a drawer under the bed, and well situated outlets and shelves I often noticed how much thought was put into planning the room.

Compared to the room the bathroom was spacious, though the only wall between the room was glass. I also seemed to only have cold water in my sink (not sure if this was a design choice or a fluke).

The room was a great value for a short trip to New York and I was well rested and well accomodate.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Pod 39 Hotel
Address: 145 E 39th Street, New York City, NY 10016-0913
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Manhattan , Murray Hill
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #195 of 467 Hotels in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Pod 39 Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 366
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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