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“Pod 51 ideal for short break.” 4 of 5 stars
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Pod 51 Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   230 East 51st Street, New York City, NY 10022 (Midtown)   |  
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Ranked #228 of 467 Hotels in New York City
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“Pod 51 ideal for short break.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

What can I say about the pod, my daughter and her friend stayed here previously and recommended it as a good place to stay. The rooms are small and most of the bathrooms are shared bathrooms however it is a budget hotel and the bathrooms were spotlessly clean.

We had two rooms for four people and had bunk beds which were fine and comfy, the rooms were small but not as bad as some people make out in previous reviews as like I say it is a budget hotel. The beds were very comfy so no complaints there.

Check in was fine and I found the staff to be approachable and attentive on the rare occasion I needed any help or info. We never ate or drank here so can't comment on that side of things we left early in the morning and didn't come back until 10ish at night.

If you haven't been before you can get the subway from airport to 53rd Lexington Av which is approx $7.50 per person much cheaper than a taxi and you get to experience a bit of proper NY on the subway. The hotel is 5mins walk from subway.

We ate in the evenings twice at the BXL East bar a few doors up from the pod the food was excellent and the bar had a really good atmosphere with friendly staff. Try the spare ribs out they were excellent.

The pod has a rooftop terrace on floor no 14 which was very chilled had coffee there one morning and it was very pleasant.

One small gripe was that there were some noisy people on our landing who made quite a lot of noise when they returned in the early hours. I would expect someone from the hotel to sort this sort of thing out when it happens. However it wouldn't stop me returning as I have experienced this sort of thing in bigger and more expensive hotels than this.

Would we go back again, well the answer is a yes, great price and great location with very clean and comfy accommodation what's not to like.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Thessaloniki
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We knew of course that the room we booked was small and so we were totally ok with that. The location is perfect, near the underground and easy to get to from JFK. The staff was totally ok and the (shared) bathroom was very very clean. Also the air conditioning was ok.

Room Tip: Front side is better, don't worry about the noise, the street is quiet.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Pods is pretty much what the room we stayed in looked like. But it was actually very cool, and very cozy! And the hotel itself is super sleek. I would easily stay there again without question. Worth giving it a try, great price for the location!

Room Tip: Just keep in mind you will be sharing a bathroom in most cases, so ask for a room near one!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Thank ShannonTexas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

I booked a room with a Queen bed for 5 nights in August 2013. Upon arrival we were upgraded to an Odd Pod (a room with 2 double beds) which was very spacious. We were on the 7th floor and next to the elevator but we could not hear any noise from the hallway or the rooms next door. Hotel staff pleasant, cleaners very friendly. Fabulous views from rooftop terrace on the 15th floor at day and night. My only complaint was that the shampoo/soap amenities (although wonderfully smelling) were quite difficult to tear open and we forgot our scissors but other than that, everything was great. A huge air conditioner allowed us to keep fruit and bottled water on it overnight so we had something cool to snack and drink on. The temperature is adjustable so that was good. I would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Red Bank, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars 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.

Room Tip: Ask to be away from the elevators - they play music in the hall right next to them which could bothe...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Jen M
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Puerto Rico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars 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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1 Thank bootlacer
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4 of 5 stars 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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Address: 230 East 51st Street, New York City, NY 10022
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Best Value Hotel in New York City
#156 Business Hotel in New York City
#163 Family Hotel in New York City
#194 Romantic Hotel in New York City
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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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