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“Great place in good location”
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Pod 51 Hotel
Ranked #225 of 467 Hotels in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
London
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152 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Great place in good location”
Reviewed 20 September 2012

We had a great stay at the Pod. Staff were very friendly and helpful. The room was as expected size wise but had everything you could need for a New York stay (who wants to be in your hotel room all the time anyway). Shower was amazing and the room was very clean and fresh towels and bed made everyday. The location is really good. 15 min walk to Times Square, 3 min walk to the Subway or a $8 taxi to Times Square. Easy walk to UN Building and shopping in Grand Central Station and Fifth Avenue. DO NOT eat breakfast at PAX on the corner of 3rd and 51st Street. Although it looks cheap - it also tastes cheap and you can get great breakfasts in New York. Would definitely stay here again or would love to try the new hotel on 39th!!

Room Tip: We had a double pod with private bathroom which was worth the little extra we paid. Although the sh...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

Stayed for 4 nights. Location is within 15 - 20 mins walk from Times Square and Central Park. Rooms are small but adequate. Clean with hot showers and wifi. Great for sightseeing when you only need a bed for the night. Friendly and helpful staff. Information on what to do in New York freely available. Access to iPads in reception area and you can print your boarding passes. Nice outdoor seating area in the garden and roof terrace. Can be noisy dependant on your neighbours. However after the first night you should be so tired after checking out what New York has to offer. Would recommend for a short stay if you are looking for luxury pay more. Loads of eating places nearby if you don't feel like travelling too far.

  • Stayed September 2012
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2012

This is my first review. We were so excited to stay in this hotel. I didn't care that it was small. We got our keys, went upstairs, turn on the light, and BAM! Huge cockroach on the floor. I ask my girlfriend if I'm seeing things, so she goes closer - the thing starts running fast, so it was very much alive. We go downstairs for a refund, and we had to fight with the man at the front desk to get one. He NEVER apologized - not once. I might have actually forgiven them if they had shown the least bit of customer service, but no. His first suggestion was that they spray the room. We were appalled - they weren't even going to move us initially! As though we paid for a night in the hotel to hang out with dead bugs and toxic spray. Then, he offered to move us, but by then, we were disgusted with the hotel's service, we refused to pay to stay there. We finally got our refund (trust me, I'll be checking my credit statement this month), but not without him acting disgusted with us and telling us "well, if you want to go home, then fine." If this were any other hotel, they would've comped us a room for the night at the least. Even he'd apologized at any point, I might not have written this review - but there you have it. A cockroach in your room is disgusting - but the customer service was even more disgusting than that.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2012

Stayed for 3 nights in September and choose this hotel because it was one of the cheapest we could find on Manhattan.
Location is excellent - 20 min walk to Times Square and 5 min walk to nearest subway station.

The room was spotlessly clean and the beds were comfy. We had a shared bathroom in the corridor which was also very clean and we never had to wait to use it. The room is very small. Cannot stress this enough, but then again, you're in NYC so you shouldn't be spending much time in the room anyway.

Perfect for a budget trip to New York.

  • Stayed September 2012
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2012

I had a great stay here! i was traveling solo and had a cosy, modern, very clean and comfortable single room. the staff were really friendly, the bathrooms clean, the rooftop was great at night for reading, relaxing and enjoying the view. there were ipads in the lobby to use (great for double checking directions and queries). hotel airport shuttle was only $20, and the wifi was free! great stay, would definitely return.

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Reviewed 17 September 2012

I stayed at the Pod with my brother for 5 days. As it was more of a budget "friends" holiday we had a bunk bed room with hared bathroom. This was a first for me as I normally like to splurge a bit more!
All in all it was a great stay - there were 4 bathrooms on our floor and in 5 nights we never had to wait a single second for a bathroom to become available and it was always very clean.
Rooms were basic but beds were comfy and as we didn't intend to spend much time at the hotel it was a perfect choice.
The little garden and terrace for breakfast as well as the ROOF TERRACE are a definite must! The value for money for a Midtown hotel is overall very good and I definitely recommend this place for all solo or friends trips. I know they have bigger rooms with own bathrooms - which would be more suitable for a couples holidays.

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Property: Pod 51 Hotel
Address: 230 East 51st Street, New York City, NY 10022-6571
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Region: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in New York City
#153 Business Hotel in New York City
#160 Family Hotel in New York City
#191 Romantic Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Pod 51 Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 156
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hippest affordable hotel in New York City, where new friends are made every day. Room types for every budget and preference. All mod connections in every WiFi-free accom-odation. Kick back and relax in our hip, modish lobby, grab a bite to eat at our restaurants, or soak up the city from above on our beautiful rooftop garden. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Pod Hotel New York City
The Pod Hotel
Pod Hotel Nyc
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