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Pod 51 Hotel
Ranked #227 of 466 Hotels in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
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“Great hotel”
Reviewed August 22, 2012

I didnt really know what to expect with this hotel, it seemed a bit expensive for a small room with a shared bathroom but it was worth it! I was in a private single room, it was small but well designed, with flat screen TV, ipod docking station, sink and had a very modern feel. The shared bathrooms were excellent, clean and had shampoo etc. Rooftop had a spectacular view. Would recommend this place to anyone!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

This is perfect if you're visiting NYC for a short period, or just passing through.

Room and bathroom was clean and tidy. Daily housekeeping was good. A bit noisy at night, but not too bad. At least the street is relatively quiet.

Will definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Corner rooms are bigger.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2012

This hotel is located in Manhattan. It is clean, nice and has a fantastic roof terrace. The rooms however are rather small, as well as the beds. But for this price and location it's absolutely not a problem! Especially when you're not that big or tall.

Room Tip: When you're tall or big check out which bed suites you.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed August 19, 2012

I let a friend plan our trip to NYC and when she said we were staying at The Pod, I panicked. Bunk beds and a shared community bathroom? Yeah, I was expecting a dump.

To my surprise, I was actually comfortable at The Pod. The rooms are tiny but clean, comfortable, ample storage space and nice amenities. Each bunk even has their own tv, great touch.

The community bathroom: very clean! Yes, take flip flops for the shower but the water pressure was amazing. You can tell they go to great lengths to keep them clean and tidy which was greatly appreciated.

The staff was lovely and the location is great.

If you are looking for a place to lay your head down for the night, this is great. If you are looking for romance, not the choice for you.

Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Los Angeles
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

This is my go-to place when I visit NYC, which is about every other month. Look, if you want to stay in a large room, this is not the place for you; but you also don't pay the crazy NYC prices. I read an interview with the owners of the the hotel that stated they are normally sold out and could easily charge more for rooms, but they purposely don't so that make staying in NYC more affordable for budget-minded travelers like myself (and this place is WAY more cool than a bland budget chain hotel). Take a look on here for what other hotels in the area are charging, then complain.

Staff is always helpful and nice, only had a couple grouchy front desk people in the dozen or so times I've stayed here. They have also started doing more things like organizing free group walking tours around the city. I've always met nice likeminded travelers here and keep in touch on facebook.

Always clean, even the shared bathrooms. I would also like to point out -- to those who recoil at this idea -- this does not mean the guest rooms are connected by shared bathrooms, they are common bathrooms located in the hallway; the toilets are separate from the shower rooms and all are private with lockable doors. EACH GUEST ROOM HAS A SINK! If you have ever traveled to Europe, you will no doubt have seen this before. No wonder, then, that most of the hip guests staying here are European and don't seem to mind it at all.

To the people who complain about the sizes of the rooms: you are fooling yourselves if you go to NYC and expect to stay in an average American sized hotel room for under $300 a night. The Pod does a fine job of providing this, so if you are claustrophobic or too prissy, save the rooms for those of us who aren't. The overpriced Marriotts and Hiltons will be happy to take you and your money.

Room Tip: The townhouse has larger rooms, at a higher price point. Ask is they have these rooms available. Al...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Laval, Canada
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

I went to NYC for the first time in november with a friend and we shared a room with bunk beds and shared bathroom. We were pleasantly surprised by that cute room, so clean and cute!
The personnel when we checked in were friendly and gave us a quiet room with a nice view on the 12th floor, with easy access to the rooftop where we liked to go and share a bottle of wine before going out to eat, even in november the weather was nice enough...
I was first reticent with sharing the bathroom, but we were near two bathrooms with showers, and in the room there is two lights wich indicate when a bathroom is occupied, so we never had any trouble with that, and I must say that they were always very clean.
Each of the comfortable beds were equipped with a small flatscreen TV with headphones, and there is a small lavatory in the room.
Even if the room is small, there is two large windows and plenty of light, and there is a small desk too.
Free internet access was very appreciated.

Room Tip: Ask to be in the back of the building, it is more quiet.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Pod 51 Hotel
Address: 230 East 51st Street, New York City, NY 10022-6571
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in New York City
#153 Business Hotel in New York City
#160 Family Hotel in New York City
#191 Romantic Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Pod 51 Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 156
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

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