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“Good Budget Hotel in New York”
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Pod 51 Hotel
Ranked #236 of 473 Hotels in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 13, 2014

Great location, friendly helpful staff, clean rooms make this a good choice for travelers trying to save money but still have fun. The rooms are small, especially the bathrooms, so go for a queen room if you want some more space. The restaurant next door (Pop@Pod) is very convenient and fun. Lots of restaurants nearby and they have a good deal with a parking garage one block away if you decide to drive. They offer free walking tours three days a week and have a concierge who is very helpful. We will be back.

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  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 13, 2014

This hotel was perfect for what we needed, it is by no means a luxury hotel but its in a great location, simple tidy rooms... a little small but wasnt an issue for the 5 days we stayed. Not so keen on the open showers, lacked a little privacy.

The bar downstairs is great, nice and friendly atmosphere"! We found a lot of the people who stayed at the hotel are quite young.

The location is key, walking distance from Times Square and Central Park! By far the best shopping experience ever! I HIGHLY reccomend going to woodbury common it is the best shopping in the world..... everything was so cheap compared to england!

All in all... great hotel nice and simple"! we loved our Trip and I even got Engaged on the last day so it was pretty perfect..........

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank KMK09
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Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

I loved this hotel. Okay sure, the rooms are small and there's no private bathroom. But that doesn't bother everyone. If it does, don't go there.

The location is perfect, the staff is really nice and helpful, the rooms and the shared bathroom are clean, there's a nice terrace, free wi-fi and it's a more affordable but still design hotel .

During my second visit of New York we went to a more expensive hotel. I was surprised the bathroom was smaller (but private) and we didn't even have free wi-fi. Next time I'll definitely go back to the pod hotel!

Stayed: August 2013
Thank Lucie L
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Reviewed July 10, 2014

I came into New York with my son the day before a camp started and we needed somewhere to spend one night. My sister-in-law recommended Pod 51, so we booked it, although the bunk room in the photo did not match the bunk room we were given.

The room is approximately seven feet wide and 12 feet deep, with a small sink and mirror available, as well as a small desk. The beds were twins and were also small, but tolerable and reasonably comfortable, each with their own TV. We were on the second floor in 230 and weren't bothered by street noise or bar noise that others had complained about.

The big catch (and there's always a catch when you pay $200 for a room in Manhattan when all the other hotels you were looking at were about $100 more) is the communal bathrooms. Not a big deal for us, since we were going to be spending the next few nights in similar (although far more spacious) accommodations on a college campus. Not all four of the bathrooms on the floor had showers and one of the toilet-only bathrooms didn't have a sink, which means you have to walk back to your room to wash your hands if the other bathrooms are in use. I'm not sure how the city health code allows such an arrangement, but you realize the possibilities when you stare down that door handle and know you can't wash your hands before using it (and no one else could either).

The communal bathrooms are also very tiny, although it didn't seem like this was entirely necessary. If you are 6'0 or taller, you'll be ducking in the shower. There isn't much room to dry off and water will get everywhere on the floor, so bring some shower sandals, just to be safe.

The hotel is convenient to public transit, restaurants and popular sight-seeing destinations, which we appreciated and we really only spent a few hours there sleeping, which is all we typically do in larger hotel rooms.

Some of the bathrooms did have a bit of an odor to them and it would be nice if the fans in them stayed on all the time.

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Reviewed July 10, 2014

The Pod was exactly as it was described on the website, it was small but every inch was put to good use. The room and shower room/toilet was clean and comfortable. location was excellent and very handy for the subway. There were plenty of places to eat nearby that served amazing breakfast in the morning. We stayed for five days and to be honest we were out from first thing in the morning to very late evening so the pod was an ideal base for sleeping and showering. If I were to comment on a down side it would be that it can be a little noisey during the night with people who dont have their own ensuite going back and forward to the shared toilets.

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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 9, 2014

The hotel is close to the subway, grand central station, times square, the rockefellar centre and walking distance to central park. I had a single bed with private bathroom. The room is very small with a very tiny bathroom. Some of the fixtures need to be addressed. The soap holder in the shower and the toilet paper holder are not attached to the wall properly and are ready to fall off the wall. The soap and shampoo bottles kept sliding down to the floor cause the holder is too big, They either need to give bigger soap and bottle of shampoo or change the soap holder. The tiny desk is very unstable and shakes when you lean on one side. The metal chair is very uncomfortable to sit on (very cold) and if you sit on it for a long time will leave an impression on your skin. You have to put a towel on it or pillow before you sit on it. For the same amount, you can probably get a decent size room in another hotel .

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled solo
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1  Thank Willy Y
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Reviewed July 7, 2014

We only needed a place to spend the night in New York so that we could catch our Virgin Atlantic flight the next day. We decided to try this hotel, as we only needed a clean, comfortable place where we could walk to a restaurant and maybe listen to some live jazz, so a small room wasn't a problem. We were extremely pleased to be told that we were upgraded to a studio room when we arrived. The room was huge and the decor was reminiscent of a teenage boy's room with a loft look, bright colored walls and spare furniture. The bathroom had plenty of thick, fluffy towels, soaps, and lotion. There was also a great restaurant/bar just next door with an opening through the lobby where we ate dinner. If you are looking for cushy and upscale, this probably isn't what you want. However, if you are looking for cute, trendy, reasonably priced and convenient, I highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Lisa W
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Additional Information about Pod 51 Hotel

Address: 230 East 51st Street, New York City, NY 10022-6571
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
#150 Business Hotel in New York City
#188 Romantic Hotel in New York City
Price Range: $79 - $210 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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. Free WiFi and week day walking tours. Kick back and relax in our lobby, grab a bite to eat at our cafe, or soak up the city in 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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