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“Great central location”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Pod 51 Hotel

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Pod 51 Hotel
Ranked #221 of 467 Hotels in New York City
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“Great central location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for 1 night as a last minute booking due to another booking error. Easy to book, staff at reception were lovely at check in. I booked a double room with own ensuite, room was very small perfect for one person but would be very small with 2 people but typical for NYC. Room was also quite noisy from other guests in hallway. However room was very clean and bed was super comfy! Hotel is also a great location for all major attractions in NYC! Would stay again!

Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

Stayed here as a solo traveller for 2 nights last week and had a great stay. The location of the hotel is perfect, walking distance to lots of attractions, Grand Central, Central Park, St. Patrick's just around the corner, Rockefeller centre etc. The room was a double, but very small and perfect for one person but I'd have struggled if sharing I think.
Hotel & room looked great and were clean, I had a shower & toilet in the room so didn't need to use the shared facilities. Wifi worked really well in the room, TV channels quite limited but didn't need it anyway. The hotel was quite noisy, but as I had earplugs it didn't disturb me at all.
Staff weren't overly friendly, but check-in and out were quick and easy. I was a bit annoyed that toiletries weren't replenished in the room, could've done with more on the second day. Otherwise a good stay and I'd definitely consider it for my next visit!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

The midtown location of this hotel is great. Central Park, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Times Square and Grand Central can all be reached in under 15 minutes by foot. A metro station is nearby to take you to further destinations. This hotel also has a great view from the rooftop patio. The price of a room here is decent considering how expensive hotels in New York are.

The cleanliness of the shared bathrooms was hit and miss. They were spotless after housekeeping had been through with them but as the day progresses the bathrooms could get quite funky and gross from inconsiderate guests.

Also, the rooms are not soundproof. Throughout the night, I could hear doors slamming, elevators beeping, people talking and cars honking. Bring earplugs.

I was going to give 3/5 stars for Pod 51 but decided on 2/5 stars after observing the guy and girl running the kitchen/bar. They were making fun of their customers when they thought no one was watching. How rude and immature on their part.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

Hotel was attractive, people were friendly, room was clean and cool with a view. Good location, quiet and reasonable rate. Parking close by, discounted. Neighborhood restaurants were plentiful and their food was excellent. Tourist attractions in the vicinity.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

Ok position, not too far from subway.
Very small rooms, but xtra bathrooms in hallway are a bonus.
Great rooftop bar.
Check in was prompt.
The room did need a mirror though. , as only a very small one in the bathroom.
Maybe one behind the door would work ok.
The desk was broken, and almost falling over. Obviously some one had put their heavy bag on it and buckled it. Due to the fact that there is no room for a suitcase .
Overall , it was ok. Clean. And the Asian fusion restaurant was fantastic. We ate there 3times.
And even got take out one night when we had had a big day out in NY.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

After having a wonderful experience at POD 39, we were a bit disappointed with the Pod on 51st. Location was great as was the price. The hotel was clean, but there were some issues. For the same Price at Pod39 we got a private bath, at 51 were had to use the WC in the hall. The wireless was basically non-functional in our room. The flat screens were of a much lower quality. There was no ice available. We were awakened in the morning to loud pounding (perhaps moving furniture) in the room above and that was a real turn off!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Scilly
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

Had a great stay in this compact yet comfortable hotel. First time in New York & a good place to explore from. Stayed here on 2 seperate occasions during the same trip & shared a bunk room with my sister. It was very clean with a great housekeeping team (In the hotel busness myself) who did a really thorough job everyday. Never had to wait for a shower room/toilet to be available, love the light system telling you which was free and they are never too far from your room. I travel alone alot and would feel quite safe to stay here if that was the case - the staff are really helpful and the public areas welcoming. Loved the roof terrace and there is a beautiful garden just across the road. Discovered 'Ginger' a japanese restaurant a couple of doors away on the last night and it was a good job too - I would have eaten there everynight!

  • Stayed August 2012, 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:
#7 Best Value Hotel in New York City
#155 Business Hotel in New York City
#162 Family Hotel in New York City
#193 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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