I have stayed in a number of inexpensive hotels in Manhattan and all had problems of some kind, but I thoroughly enjoyed Pod 39. Some highlights:
1. Super location, convenient to Grand Central Station, lot of restaurants, easy access to subway.
2. Great room design! I had a single pod and it was so efficient. I can't comment on what it would like to share a room here, it might be too small. For the single traveler it was sufficient and smart. I was visiting the city with a friend and this allowed us to have private space for an affordable price.
3. Clean and safe - everything was clean, the lobby, the room, etc. I would have felt safe walking in this neighborhood alone at night.
4. The roof top deck was gorgeous - I had a room on the 17th floor across from the roof top bar entrance. I could actually see the bar from my window. Yet, surprisingly, no issues with noise! The rooms are separated by a door so the drunk kids waiting for the bathroom weren't hanging around outside my room.
5. Friendly and efficient staff - checkin/out was fast plus they helped me with other questions during my stay very quickly.
All in all, this is my favorite NYC hotel so far. I've tried several locations, chains, private hotels, etc. This is the first one that I would go back to happily.
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- 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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