I was very pleasantly surprised at the Pod 39 Hotel.
The positive experience started with a lovely greeting at reception -- check in went smoothly, and even though I arrived several hours earlier than the posted 3 p.m. check-in time, my room was ready and I could go straight to getting settled it.
My room was located on the third floor, and faced E. 39th -- friends of mine stayed on a higher floor and had a slightly better view. Yes, the room was small, but it was very adequate for the amount of time I spent there. I was staying solo, this trip -- had my husband been with me, it would have been tight, but still do-able.
The temperature was easy to control, the linens were crisp and clean, under-bed storage was sufficient. I was happy to find an in-room safe, hairdryer, even "green" toiletries. Some might find the semi-private bathroom a bit awkward -- there's a frosted glass sliding door so it may not be as private as some people might want.
The rooftop bar was a huge surprise -- such a romantic setting with a beautiful view of the Chrysler building. And the location was great -- felt very safe, and it was just several blocks away from Grand Central Station, Empire State Building and other attractions.
During my stay, the bar next door was still under construction, but when that opens it will be a great convenience. In the meantime, I found that the hotel offered complimentary coffee in the reception area in the mornings. In addition, there are numerous places to eat in the immediate area.
I would definitely stay here again, and will recommend it to others, as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pod 39 Hotel offers hip, convenient, and personalized accommodations for the stylish and savvy traveler. Located in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Midtown Manhattan, we're close to all of the action but away from the hustle and bustle. Just steps from Grand Central Terminal, five subway lines will transport you all over New York City. There's a Pod for every person, and endless possibilities! ... more less
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