I stayed at Pod39 for one night and it met all my expectations. You can see how small the rooms are going to be on the website when booking. I booked a single room, but was upgraded to a double on arrival (thank goodness, cos the extra space was helpful). Yes, the room is small, the bathroom is only partitioned off by opaque glass, not solid walls, and there is no room for your suitcase (except under the bed). But there is a comfy bed, lots of power points (and USB points) for phones, iPods and computers, a good shower with lots of hot water and it's very clean.
The only problem I had was with some really bad pipe-banging noises in the middle of the night that disturbed my sleep.
The bathroom sink has no hot water tap and no plug (not help as I wanted to do some washing)
I found the staff very helpful on check-in. However don't expect anyone to help you with your bags or with taxis or recommendations for local restaurants.
The place does have the feel of a hostel (although I joked that the stainless steel doors make it feel a bit Prison-like!) with the trendy bar and rooftop. I would not hesitate to recommend it to someone as a short stay alternative to a big name hotel. Although you might rethink this if you are a) really tall, or b) looking for a romantic getaway.
- 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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