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“Compact but great”
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Pod 39 Hotel
Ranked #188 of 467 Hotels in New York City
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Norman, Oklahoma
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“Compact but great”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

The rooms are compact, but the shower/bathroom was spacious. All areas were immaculately clean. The location was central to all we wanted to do in NYC, and the staff were more than helpful. The rooftop bar is a wonderful place to visit for late night relaxation and views. Even though our room was just across from the elevator, we slept soundly and were not disturbed by noise from any direction. Worth every penny. A big thank you to the staff for all their help and advice in getting around even upon our return to the states.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

this hotel has reasonable price considering NY average,but actually rooms are too tiny. If you are travelling alone, they are perfect, but if you're with somebody, i would recommend another place either a big room (I was in a regular one). Though the roof is wonderfull and you get a fantastic view, especially if you visit ny in summertime. there is free internet WIFI, the breakfast is good and it is located near to the fifth avenue, so you can walk to that maistreet either to the empire state build. or you can take the tube that i 200m far away.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

The hotel was exactly as advertised. The rooms are fairly small, but very well decorated - the beds are comfortable, it looks modern and there are TVs for every bed. The bathroom/shower were good, and the location in Midtown is unbeatable. Highly recommended as long as you're not looking for a luxury hotel.

Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2014

We went there three times this year. The rooms are small but very clean and nicely designed. The area is nice and the rooftop terrasse is lovely. There is a few nice restaurants (Cafe Piccolo, Cafe China) in the area and the close by Grand Central make it a very good location. A good value for NYC.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

If you are not fussy about room space but want a central location and nice clean place without having to pay twice or more at branded hotel chains, this is a good place. Staff are pleasant and keen to help. The single pod room is clean and has amenities like toiletries and hair dryer so works well for me. Lot's of food nearby and GCT is just a 4 min walk away. Only strange thing is that to get hot water in the shower you need to turn all the way up, and then tweak it for the temperature, by which time a fair amount of water would have been wasted, so points deducted for not being environmentally friendly. If this is fixed, it would be close to perfect for the price.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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NYC, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2014

PROS: After taxes, paid $221 for one night in a Single Pod room recently for an overnight stay in the city. After searching all of the "budget" hotels on TripAdvisor, it was almost impossible to find a room in Manhattan for less than $350 a night that fit the bill of being both inexpensive AND well reviewed, so even though it's low frills, it's the best deal in Manhattan if you want a clean, basic room with a PRIVATE bathroom. I will return! (FYI: I have stayed at the Pod 51 once a few years ago and even though it was closer to Midtown, I like Pod 39 better, as there is no private bathroom option at Pod 51 for the lowest cost rooms).

Single Pod room comes with a double bed and a private bathroom (sink, toilet, shower stall). Under-bed storage, digital safe, hairdryer, small flat screen tv with many channels, great Pharmacopia verbena scented toiletries, free WiFi, lots of plugs (outlets, USB ports, etc.), rain shower head with good water pressure, four regular sized pillows, loud wake up call. The hotel is located within walking distance of delis, cafés, restaurants, banks, Grand Central Terminal, on a side street of a residential block.

CONS: Air conditioning unit was a little loud (but it worked). TINY airplane sink, water got everywhere. You could hear peoples' voices in the hallways. I was on the fifth floor of a 17 floor hotel, and I could hear street noise. Salvation Taco is a thriving party scene restaurant and bar, open until 2am. The towels are very thin, small and worn - they need replacing. The glass doors to the bathroom are on rollers and have a tendency to roll closed, so be careful in case you walk into them.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Pacific Northwest
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31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Stayed here on a week long stay in New York with a friend. I dare you to try to find a more reasonable room with two beds and an en suite bathroom. Yes, they were bunk beds but they were reasonably comfortable, and as quiet as you can get in New York. We did not find the frosted glass wall of the bathroom a problem.

For what you pay for, it's clean and comfortable (if not spacious) in a good neighborhood. I'd feel comfortable staying there by myself. Very convenient to Grand Central Station.

I have only two complaints from the stay. First, bring your own washcloth. For whatever reason, they do not provide them. Not a huge deal, and if you forget you can always get one at the Duane Reed drugstore down the street.

The biggest annoyance is the current renovation(?) going on in front of the restaurant, which means that restaurant patrons must use the hotel lobby for access. The restaurant and rooftop bar are apparently very popular with the 21-30 crowd, which means that in the evenings (and especially on weekends), you often have to wade your way through a crowd to get to the elevator. If this isn't your scene, you might find it annoying at best.

If you do manage to find a quiet time to visit it - or not, depending on your preference - the rooftop bar is a very scenic place to hang out.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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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 #188 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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