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Pod 39 Hotel
Ranked #186 of 467 Hotels in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Nanuet, New York
1 review
“Great Hotel, Great Price”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2012

I checked in for a one night stay for exam purposes. Staff was very friendly.The room was very small but I guess thats why its called Pod. I had everything to my comfort and the room was very clean. Perfect for last minute reservations. Will definitely go back. New York's best kept secret Pod 39.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2012

Small rooms make Pod earn its name but for the money, it's one of the coolest little boutiques going. What it lacks in size if makes up for with most of the essentials a wired traveler needing wireless needs.

Easy location to get to for our needs, and would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed December 2012
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2012

The single room was perfect for me: desk, wi-fi, bed, hangers, and an iron on request. There's room under the bed for a suitcase. Everything was clean, good shower water pressure. And central to the newark express bus and grand central. I've stayed in bigger rooms with less usability.

I slept well and worked well.

The one thing I would add is some sort of breakfast-in-box option. If they had a bagel, yogurt, and coffee to go, I would definitely have taken advantage of that.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled on business
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2012

Since I reside in NYC, I needed a temporary place to crash due to some stuff done in my apartment. It was exactly the right amount that I budgeted for and I was not planning of spending my weekend staying in the room. I checked in on Sunday, 12/9 until 12/14. It was great for sleeping in and getting ready for work. I was already prepared that it will be a shoebox size BUT was pleasantly suprise on how new and clean the rooms were. The beds are comftable, sheets are clean (no bugs), shower is abundant and the room is cleaned, daily. Even if it was pod size, the ceilings were high and there is a window that can be opened (& shut) if one needs some breathing room or fresh air. It was a quick check in/check out process and the staff are friendly. My only comments were: WIFI is super slow especially on peak hours, and the lack of a full size mirror (which I really needed when getting ready for work, had to step in my bed to see if my shoes goes well with my oufit!). Otherwise, it was a good 5 night stay!

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2012

We checked in for a weekend trip to NYC. We've stayed in smaller format rooms before so the size of the room was not a problem. If you need alot of space to navigate, and don't want to bang your shins on the bed frame, you may want to find more spacious accomodations. The room was clean and tidy, and bathroom was a manageable size. The only complaint I would have is that the TV in the room didn't work and despite calling about asking to have the problem fixed, therew as no resolution before we checked out of the hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2012

staff were all very pleasant and helpful ...location is excellent this was my first time in New York so can't compare to other hotels etc.... after reading other reviews I was expecting a cramped room but was pleasantly surprised ... your holiday is what you make it will definately be staying here next time I visit

  • Stayed December 2012
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2012

The first thing you notice is that the hotel is very anonymous. Which makes it difficult to notice. Perhaps that was due to scaffolding or something else but you need to keep your wits about you until you get your bearings. Entrance hall, great. Good reception area (with wifi) and excellent service from the receptionists. We were booked into a second floor room which proved (eventually) an ideal choice as we were there just after Hurricane Sandy and didn't have to worry about elevators (see other reviews). Didn't like the room at first as it had no views and was pretty hard to get our heads round the design - even though we had prepared ourselves for it after reading reviews here. Asked for a couple of alternative rooms but the place was very busy and we could either have a shoebox or something on the 17th(?) floor. Decided to keep the one we had. Nothing was too much trouble helping us decide.
Ok, as my wife told me on numerous occasions, the room could only have been designed by a MAN. Have to agree. (Except a man would have at least put the TV in the right place (see pics) - it was off centre and really annoying.) See the pic showing the room location for an idea of the overall design. Windows? Forget it, these were pretty much for show as we didn't particularly like looking up or down on others and at the back of another building. Keep those blinds closed - besides, they keep the heat in. Necessary when some idiot designed the A/C outlet to be right above the end of the bed you lay your head. What I mean by this is that unless the A/C is ON a small flow of cold air continually dribbles out and drops straight on to you. Nice in the summer maybe but not in winter. You can't have the A/C on all the time either as it's too noisy.
Moving on - BRING coathangers or better still a coat rail.- there are only two stupidly small pegs on the wall as you enter to hang stuff on. The idea is you live out of a suitcase but it just doesn't work if you intend staying more than a day. This aspect could be easily improved.
The bathroom area is special. You REALLY have to know who you're living with as there is absolutely no privacy - or soundproofing. No "first time together" holidays here - seriously. Glass sliding doors with big gaps??? Nah. No use. That will be a redesign sometime soon I bet. The sink was diabolical, there was not enough shelving to put toiletries on - a common hotel fault to be fair - and the toilet itself was designed for people with diminished stature (no offence intended). The drench shower was great, except when the electricity went out (thanks Sandy). And it leaked - no surprise there with the glasswork.

THE GOOD STUFF! - Love the Bar, the attention and the ambiance. The staff in general. Love the rooftop area - see photo taken from the Empire State Building(!) but they had closed the bar for the "season" - what is that about? What the heck is a season when the place is open for business???.
The location is just about perfect to get to anywhere, we walked New York. Plenty of bars, food and tourist stuff nearby. Highly recommend Docks Restaurant - reviewed with other stuff elsewhere.
Summary - if you can put up with the strangeness of it all and are looking for a reasonably priced, clean and fairly new hotel then go for it. You probably won't last long but that's not the deal in NYC.
(Stayed 11 Nov to 14 Nov 2012.)

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Pod 39 Hotel
Address: 145 E 39th Street, New York City, NY 10016-0913
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Region: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Manhattan , Murray Hill
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #186 of 467 Hotels in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Pod 39 Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 366
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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