Returned to dreary Britain today after an incredible Thanksgiving week in New York City with friends.
This was my 5th visit to the city and I have previously stayed in some of the more 'historic' hotels that line the streets of Broadway and 7th Avenue, so for a change I decided to go for a slightly more modern and upbeat hotel. That is exactly what I got with the Pod 39.
Situated in the Upper East Side in the Murray Hill district, the Pod 39 is within walking distance to Grand Central Station (about 10 mintues), you can then hop onto the S train which runs backwards and forwards to Times Square, walking distance to 5th, 6th and Lexington Ave, which is fantastic as we where mainly there for the Black Friday sales and there are some fantastic diners and bars in the area, too. Not to mention the roof top terrace of the Pod itself. The bar wasn't open, but the terrace was lit up at night so it was nice to chill out at the end of a long day with a bottle of beer and watch the city. Views of the Empire State Building, Chrysler, East River and the rising Freedom Tower dominate the views.
I was in a party of 4 and we had two bunk rooms. One was slightly bigger than the other, but not by much. Alot of the reviews here state that the rooms are almost two small, I shared with a male friend and we're not the most tidy of people, but we still had space to move around (even with all of our shopping!).
The bathroom wasn't a problem, either. A glass sliding door with frosted glass in the middle, but dim the lights (using the dimmer) and you can't see a thing! It steamed up when the shower was on, anyway.
Bunk beds where comfy, had a great night sleep and each bed had it's own TV. There was also a unit with various input/outputs for AVI, USB, HDMI ect. I only made use of the USB to charge my camera/phone. There is also an electric safe in the room to store your important posessions.
Staff and house keeping where really friendly as was the entire concerige team. They booked us a car back to EWR at a cost of $77 which is cheaper than using the town car service provided by groundlink or the NYC Taxi service.
There's some slight building work going on downstairs, but it's out of the lobby and behind doors, so it wasn't a problem. Also a bar in the hotel, which I didn't make use of, but it looked really good. They also served breakfast, but we chose to dine at Scotty's Diner on Lexington which was one block away. If you eat here, get the French Toast, eggs, bacon and sausage. The enitre meal isn't on the menu, but ask for it. It's some of the best I've had during my time in NYC.
Overall, if you plan on travelling with friends or as a couple/solo, this hotel is perfect. I don't know if they have family rooms, I'd guess not, but don't be put off by what others are saying about room size/privacy ect. We had no problems at all. It's worth booking this hotel for the views from the top to be honest. Give it a go, you'll be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There’s a Pod for every person, and an endless range of possibilities. The Pod 39 Hotel offers hip, convenient and personalized accommodations for the stylish and spend thrifty traveler. The Hotel is located in the heart of Manhattan and is New York’s number one choice for visitors on a budget. Each Pod is individually climate controlled and equipped with efficient, stylish furniture that’s designed to maximize your comfort and your living space. Guests can plug into the Pod community before arriving on our Pod Culture Forum. Swap stories, trade itineraries and ideas and get to know your fellow Pod mates.It’s your Pod. Make the most of it. ... more less
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