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3 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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Red Bank, New Jersey
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“Nice budget hotel”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

If you're traveling to New York on a budget or just need a simple place to stay for one or two nights, this is the hotel for you. It's a good location in East Midtown, near plenty of restaurants and easy walking to shopping or sightseeing. The front desk was very friendly, check-in was quick and easy. Be aware that these rooms are pretty sparse - we had a queen bed room with a private bathroom (some rooms are a shared bathroom, make sure to check when you book!). The bed was comfortable if a bit firm, a small tv was on the wall. The bathroom was big, the rainfall shower was european style, with no tub just a curtain and drain in the floor. There is free Wi-Fi although we didn't use it. We did find it odd that an iron and ironing board weren't standard in the room - my husband had to call to the front desk for one in the morning to iron his shirt for work. Overall the hotel was nice, clean and comfortable. For someone coming to New York on a budget or just needs the basics for one nights, it's a great place.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

This small hotel located minutes from 30 Rockefellar Center is cozy, relativlely inexpensive considering it's in the heart of Manhattan. It is clean and the staff is very helpful.
you have Wi-fi and the rooms with bunkbeds have a tv that pulls out so you can watch tv in bed.
I would reccomend this to anyone who want's a good deal.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Ah, New York, New York What a city!

Rude people, high prices and the palpable stress of millions of strangers trying to live their lives surrounded mostly by strangers who are very probably out to get them... I love it!!!

I stayed in this particular hotel a few years ago and while checking in was pleasantly surprised to be informed of a free upgrade by the manager. It turns out that once he had a look at our group (we're quite tall) he realized we would no way be able to fit in our original room.

Ok, so the rooms here are TINY; so small I was expecting the room to have round windows instead of square ones but small rooms are pretty much par for the course anywhere in this city. This room was pretty much what i expected for the price.

Now you can probably go downtown where you live and get a spacious suite in a chain hotel for less than what you would pay her but this is NEW YORK we're talking about here - if you spend ANY amount of time not sleeping or getting ready to go out then fugghetaboudit - you're doing it wrong!

So good value for the price (oh, and great location btw) Not fantastic but probably just what you need while visiting the Big Apple

Now go cross the Brooklyn Bridge so New Yorkers on their bikes can scream at you (GETOUTOFHERE!THIS IS A BICYCLE LANE!)

Ah joy

Room Tip: If you're taller than average try looking for that manager - you might get an upgrade!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

My boyfriend and I were looking for somewhere cheap (or cheapish as it is New York!) to stay, but most of all had the best location for the price. And this place is it. Such a great location, we were only a few blocks from 5th Ave and would walk there every day. I was nervous about the shared bathrooms because I had never had that before. But it was really fine. There are lights in your room to tell you if the bathrooms are free or occupied, and they were always very clean. The room we stayed in was like a shoe box but we really didn't care as we were out all day, and the location made up for that. Great Hotel. Would Recommend.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here over the summer on a 2 night trip to the City. The rooms are very tiny (hence the name "Pod Hotel") but if all you are doing is utilizing it for a place to sleep and shower while out 'n about in the City all day & night then this place is perfect. Very clean and modern rooms, nice lobby and outdoor patio area and best of all, it's a GREAT LOCATION for a GREAT PRICE. I was by myself so it might be a tight squeeze with more than one person but I'm sure you can make do. All in all, I recommend the Pod Hotel on 51st.

  • Stayed July 2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

I spent 3 nights and 4 days this summer. The room enough. Got with a shower and bathroom. Location was good, but don't buy drinks from the other store with taco bell. They overprice water from $1.5 to $2.5. Outrageous!

My only complaint is their wifi signal. Maybe because I stayed in 14th floor at the corner room??

Oh, also their cable signal also has some slight problem.

So if you don't care about these things when you are fine.

Still they should fix these things for a good client experience.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Very convenient location, 20 mins walk to Times Square but far enough away from the madness. Roof deck is magical at night and the lobby area, with free use ipads, is perfectly good enough for a quick breakfast before heading off out - strawberry waffles were massive. My daughter and I had a bunk room which was fine and had no probs at all with the shared bathrooms - the showers were great, with funky music playing as you shower. However, if they offer you Room 230 (which they did with us to start with) refuse it - it's miniscule even by Pod standards with no wall safe and no individual bed lights. Realised how bad it was when they changed our room (no probs with arranging change at all). Rooms and public areas are very clean. Décor, lobby area and muzak is pretty cool. Air con in room was a bit noisey. Would stay there again as can't imagine wanting to waste time in a hotel room for very long if in New York. Good value.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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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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