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Pod 39 Hotel
Ranked #202 of 469 Hotels in New York City
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

Perfect location and a good night's rest - why spend the big bucks elsewhere? Granted, the rooms are not much bigger, and may even be smaller, than cabins on a cruise ship. But the hotel is modern, efficient, clean and comfortable. It has a flat screen TV and FREE Internet in the room. I highlight FREE because several hotels in Manhattan advertise free Internet, but their version of free actually means you have to go to the lobby to get it "free", or pay to have it in your room. The location of the hotel is fantastic - a half block east of Lexington and three blocks south of Grand Central Station (42nd Street). I walked to both Madison Square Garden and Rockefeller Center in 15-20 minutes, and I actually WAITED for a green light (I was in the minority there)!! And, if you're walking in winter, there's a Starbucks seemingly every 50 feet to warm your inner soul!

As for the room itself, there is little storage space, so if you bring a regular-sized suitcase, you'll have to keep clothes in it and shut while using the bed (there is no closet). However, carry-on's will fit under the bed. Bathroom is separated from bedroom by sliding CLEAR glass doors - need I say more?

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 23 February 2013

Very clean, modern, and comfortable. Also great amenities such as restaurant, bar, ipads, in room temp control. Rooms are smaller but who stays in their room in nyc? Great views from rooftop terrace! Staff very friendly! Best of all great price for Manhattan and right near grand central!!!!!

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 February 2013

We will need to adjust to the smaller room, ( compared to other hotels) ...but don't think we will ever stay anywhere elseloved the rooftop and can't wait to return in warmer weather-- i have a "PODdiction" --- mreen

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Reviewed 23 February 2013

Just came back from spending 5 nights there. We're a young married couple with 2 big suitcases.
It's genius how they just managed to fit under the bed. Otherwise it'd been impossible to stay 5 nights there.
Location is perfect you can walk to Grand central in minutes and Time Sq too. But the area is quiet by NY standards.
Plenty of delis etc in the area.
Pod 39 has a luxury Youth Hostel vibe about it. At the grand old age of 34 I felt a little old there :-)
The concierge were brilliant and very hip. Front desk too.
ipads in the lobby were really useful although totally unprivate as people who walk out of the lift can see the screens!
So we had a Queen room, I can't image how a double was any smaller as the room really was tiny. Just enough space to walk around the bed. But what else do you need at that price. TV was great.
My only criticism would be that there wasn't enough space to hang or hide your clothes.
I will definitely stay there again. I just hope it stays as clean, cheap and funky as it is now.
Oh and the bed is really comfortable so good night's sleep there!

Room Tip: Got to go for a Queen room. If it really is bigger!?
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 February 2013

Tipical small nyc room with a tiny bathroom, but still nice. All the furniture looks modern and new. Service is ok.
It has a nice taco bar in the ground floor and all the hotel have a young and fresh atmosphere. Its also 2 block from Grand Central Station

Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

I stayed here in January of 2013. I was given a room on the 13th floor and had a great view of the empire state building! The room was small but, for a single traveler, it was perfect. The lounge downstairs is interesting and the bar tenders make great drinks. Try The Traveler. I will be back!

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

I've stayed in Pod 51 before which has communal bathrooms, and I prefer Pod 39 which I stayed in this time (January/February 2013). The room I stayed in was a single room and each room has its own bathroom. It's hard to believe so much can be put in such a small space. The major boxes were 'ticked' for me - free wifi (no problems connecting), close to transport (Grand Central is just a short walk from 39th to 42nd), and very modern (Pod 39 was built in June 2012 I believe). I forgot my adaptor for my iphone and luckily there is a connection station where I could plug my usb cord straight in to the wall, problem solved! The room has a tv which is in a good spot, and the temperature control which worked perfectly. I had no issue with noise from other guests, HOWEVER on a few days there were guys outside my window (on a window cleaner type thing) who were banging and drilling right into my window ledge on the bathroom and room windows!! Not happy about that but I guess it was after 9am so not a problem. I wonder if anyone else had people drilling outside their window? I was on the 10th floor.

Room Tip: Make sure you ask for a quiet room, and ask whether there will be construction taking place outside...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled solo
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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 #202 of 469 Hotels in New York City
Price Range: £86 - £238 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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