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“Nice price and clean!”
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Pod 51 Hotel
Ranked #231 of 468 Hotels in New York City
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“Nice price and clean!”
Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at this hotel for 9 nights and were really happy with this hotel. Comfy beds, honest cleaning ladys since we forgot to lock our safe 2 days! It is totally ok to share wc and shower as well. Can recommend nr 3 wc/shower on each floor since it has a window. The only bad thing is the music which ate played from 8 in the morning to 22 in all common areas really loudly :-(!

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Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

Travelled with my brother for a week in NY staying in a bunk room with shared bathroom.

After carrying out thorough research on the available budget hotels around the city we settled on the Pod 51 and weren't disappointed. There were concerns about the room size and the shared bathroom prior to arriving but both were superb, especially when you consider the price and location.

The hotel is located close to lexington/53 subway which takes you, easily and cheaply ($7.50 each way), to and from JFK via the airtrain (@JFK). Also there is a large supermarket on the corner of 2nd avenue and plenty of bars and eateries on the block.

We spent very little time in the hotel itself, except for sleeping, washing and one night sat on the rooftop (very relaxed atmosphere and great views). The room wasn't as small as I expected and had plenty of space for 2 large cases (that we lived out of and left open all week). Pod 51 offers a comfortable place to crash after a lot of walking, shopping etc in the city. Each bed had its own small tv and the room had free wifi (never failed), alarm clock with iPod dock, small safe, open wardrobe, little sink and mirror, plenty of power outlets and fresh towels were provided daily. We also had no problems with noise from neighbours or people in corridors that other have experienced in other reviews.

There were four bathrooms on our floor (8th) and never once had to wait to use one, all of which were kept clean throughout the day. It should be noted that the bathrooms were all different in size but all totally adequate (no. 2 was small. 3 was much bigger and had side jets in shower). All bathroom had shampoo and shower gel provided in dispensers within the shower.

We didn't have much dealing with the staff except for checking in and out but they were pleasant. And we didn't eat in the hotel so can't comment on the small shop they had in the lobby.

The inly real downsides was that the hotel didn't offer any form of welcome pack and no directions of where to find bathrooms (confusing at first). The only other small issue I had was the tv Aerial cable was damaged due to the tv and the bracket pushing against it, this caused bad reception on some channels (not that we really put the tv on for long).

To conclude the review... I would happily go back to the hotel and would definitely recommend the hotel to others, especially those on a budget trip.

One final thing worth pointing out... both pod hotels (39 and 51) offer free walking tours. These are run by streetwise walking tours. They have 3 different tours. I did the tour to china town departing the hotel lobby at 9.30am and taking short tube journey before weaving through interwinding Chinatown streets and sampling some food. The tour was brilliant and took me to parts of the city I definitely wouldn't have found alone. It's a great way to start the day and gets you to parts of the city you may not have previously ventured to... The hotel don't do enough to push this tour but ask about them at reception.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

stayed here last week with friends ... what a fantastic budget hotel in midtown manhattan, location ideal 15 min walk to times sq, 5th ave etc. rooms small but we were only in them to sleep so not a problem shared bathrooms and toilet [ bathrooms very clean ] a few on each floor and a light in your room tells you when they are free. rooftop terrace nice with views of the city.various eating places around the hotel and you get a feel of the real new York .
would def stay here again

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Reviewed September 25, 2013

Pod 51 is very central. If you decide to stay there please make sure they give you a quite room if you have trouble in sleeping: some of them are on the super busy street - too much noise.
we stayed there in two different occasions and we had to change room 3 times. at the reception they are very kind and helpful so don't feel shy to ask if the room is not suitable.
it s good value for money considering the location.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

Shared a (BIG!!) room with two other friends. Very comfortable. Bathrooms very clean and neat old school tile.

Didn't eat any of the food, but staff was very friendly and helpful. Concierge was polite and enthusiastic.

Location is easy, close to Subway stop. Good food options nearby, too.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

I stayed here for 2 nights in December, just getting time to write what is a favourable review of this property.

Location, 10 out of 10. Great breakfast joint and bar right beside it, easy walking distance to many attractions, close to subway, just a great base.

Stayed in the room with Bunk Beds, don't get me wrong it is very small but for 2 lads who only used it for somewhere to sleep then this was perfect. Only time we were in the room was to sleep! 3 or 4am until 10am each night I think.

Thumbs up to the Pod, I'll consider you again on my return visit to New York.

Stayed December 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:
#6 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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Also Known As:
Pod Hotel New York City
The Pod Hotel
Pod Hotel Nyc
Pod New York City

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