I travel a lot -- enough to know that different standards have to be applied to hotels in different cities. In some cities, ie NYC & London, one is obviously paying for the location, so rooms that would not even be considered viable in other cities would be considered a great bargain there. That's the standard I apply to Pod 39.
Years of hotel-staying in NYC has taught me that most rooms -- however nice -- are closet-sized unless you pay a premium. Sometimes those small rooms are shabby too, making a disappointing stay even moreso. But Pod 39 has decided to make lemonade out of the lemons of small spaces. For less than $200, I was able to stay in a convenient location in a room that was small, yes, but neat, clean and not cramped. It reminds me of a cruise-ship cabin -- efficient use of limited space. I had a double-size bed and a wall-mounted flat screen TV. There was no closet or draw space, but for stays of a few nights this is totally unnecessary anyway (there is hanging space as well as a rack for luggage if needed). There was a small desk and free WiFi for any business needs one might have. The bathroom was efficiently laid out (though no counter space on which to put toiletries) with a standing shower only (when is the last time you took a bath in a hotel anyway?). Efficient packets (not resealable bottles) of shampoo, conditioner and lotion are provided. There are closed black shutters on the windows, which when lifted, revealed an airshaft with windows to another building across the alley, so they were best left closed since no light could penetrate that space but your privacy could be compromised (a personal disappointment to me, but this is one of the trade-offs for a reasonable rate).
Overall, this hotel is nothing fancy, but definitely a bargain and not depressing to come back to (though i wouldn't want to spend a lot of time in such a small space if most of it wasn't spent sleeping).
- 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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