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Pod 51 Hotel
Ranked #224 of 466 Hotels in New York City
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Perth, Australia
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“Great budget hotel”
Reviewed January 11, 2014

There's no denying its small, my fiancé and I had a bunk room over New Years Eve, there's not much room at all to put luggage, but it was warm, clean and central during a snowy stay. Hotel bar is awesome, bathrooms are really good and the TVs on each bunk were perfect. Guy behind the desk needs to smile more and be a bit more welcoming...but other than that a good stay

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

Good location, clean, reasonably priced. Better suited for young travellers and couples than business travel. Rooftop is fabulous to take photos from and view the city at night.

Rooms quite small though and if you are a light sleeper, you may find it a little noisy. As this was a business trip to film a documentary we could have used slightly larger rooms for all our equipment so make sure you don't have loads of luggage.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

arrived at the hotel on NYE and was greeted and looked after by the chap on reception. We got our keys and went to the 6th floor where the room size was small, the bed even smaller, shower has see through door very kinky but strange. It was so cold we used the heating at night but there was a noise coming from the vent sounded like a skittles been thrown down a vent every night and morning even got this on video. I queried this with reception they sent an engineer who said this is normal REALLY!!!! So full paying customers dont sleep but get interupted with an annoying sound at 1,2,3,4am every night i went to reception they changed the room but this was even smaller phoned and complained she said come down what annoyed me was i am the customer and i was doing there job checking rooms on each floor after all the hassle we got upgraded to a queen size room which was perfect great size no noise from the boiler very happy. I Know to some people i might be stuck up or petty but 2 have no Tomato Ketchup in your restauraunt for 2 days maybe longer is not right the bar people at the place are great fun and funny they look after you not rip you off.

*reception and bar staff are great
*free wifi in room and lobby
*location is great to subway and shops
*mcds is a 3 minute walk
*queen room for couples is perfect if staying longer than 3 days
*bell boys could smile more look moody
*cleaners are friendly and do a good job

Overall a lovely hotel with good people, if the sound wasnt there would have enjoyed it more but its an experience also dont get a corner room as the TV is agaist a wall you will neck neck ache

  • Stayed December 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

Stayed in a single with shared bathroom. Room size more than adequate and bigger than expected from reading previous reviews. Perfect for crashing at night after a long day in the city.
Shared bathroom always available and spotlessly clean every time, even changed the shower curtain each time. Housekeeping throughout the hotel was exceptional.
Wifi poor in my room (728) so had to go to the lobby for good reception. Lobby area very pleasant to have a coffee, breakfast or pre-evening drink (half price drinks from 4.30pm for a few hours).
Great location, walking distance to everything midtown, Grand Central area, Central Park.
Would definitely stay again!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

I have stayed here a few times and although it is quite expensive, it is probably the cheapest/cleanest your going to get in the city. The cleaners are friendly and will leave you alone if you happen to still be sleeping when they come to clean your room.

Times Sq is within walking distance, many shops and food places around! Desk are helpful and polite. The food cafe place next to reception is a little over-priced though, I could not believe how much it cost me just for a sandwich! The second and third time I stayed here, they gave me a room up on the tenth floor as oppose to the first time I had stayed, I was only on the third floor (it takes some time for the lift to come and is not all that quick when it goes up)

The shared bathrooms are kept very clean with nice soft lighting and music playing whilst you shower - which gives it a real 'New York' feel and also I like the fact that there are lights above your room door telling you which bathrooms are occupied.

If you stay here make sure to visit the rooftop and take some pictures at night - what a sight! wow!

Hope to come back one day!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

The rooms are tiny, so dont bring a lot of luggage cos there isnt room for it! However, we had 2 large bags, 2 carryons and 2 handbags and it wasnt too much of an issue. Other than that, the rooms have everything you need - hanging space, sink and mirror (separate communal bathrooms with lights in room to indicate availability), towels, hair dryer. The room's heating was so good we had to open the window as it was too hot! I should also mention that housekeeping clean you room and the communal bathrooms every day, it was always super clean. However, the real reason to stay at the hotel is their customer service. The concierge is happy to help with suggestions and bookings for any activities you might want to do. The front desk happily organise private cars for airport transfers. The hotel also has a little kitchen offering a breakfast and snacks menu. The food is delicious and reasonably priced. I would definitely recommend the Pod 51 to any travellers!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Skillman, New Jersey
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

This was our first stay at a Pod hotel. It's a very interesting concept. As expected, the room and bathroom were tiny. But except for drawer space, this little room had everything you could want - TV, free wi-fi, an I-home, a safe, toiletries and a blow-dryer. The room was very clean. Also, for the bunk-bed rooms that use the shared single-person bathrooms, there is a lighted panel above the room door which tells you which bathroom is available (my daughter thought that was very cool). For NYC, it is a very good value for the money, especially the bunk-bed rooms. It is located a block or so away from the E subway. Two caveats: 1) the shower stall in the in-room bathroom is 2.5 feet x 2.5 feet with a low showerhead - very hard to use if you are tall or big. 2) There is only room for maybe two suitcases, total.

  • Stayed January 2014, 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:
#5 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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