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Pod 51 Hotel
Ranked #230 of 468 Hotels in New York City
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

You don't stay at the Pod Hotel for luxurious accommodation or full service. But, I found the staff helpful, the location convenient, and the rooms comfortable enough. I took the liberty of booking a private bathroom which was well worth it for the privacy.

I am a middle-aged native New Yorker and can say that given Manhattan prices as well as the proximity of the hotel to major transport hubs and sights, it is a fair deal.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

Stayed here with a friend at the weekend. We had a bunk room which was small and you had shared bathroom facilities. However, the room was well designed, we didn't feel like we were tripping over each other at any time. The shared facilities is a pain but if you don't like it, don't book it.

The bar downstairs is nice and has a daily happy hour with half price drinks. You also get a free drink when you arrive at the hotel.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Sherwood, Oregon
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

The location of this hotel is awesome. It is a short walk to a subway line, which can get you uptown or downtown within 15 minutes and it was a very doable walk from central park, the Met, and Lincoln center. The rooms were clean, spartan and small. But, when you're visiting NYC, there is too much to do to spend too much time in your room. This was a perfect spot to sleep, get a quick rest and power up for the next adventure. The bed was comfy, and the shared bathrooms were surprisingly clean and I didn't have a single time where I had to wait more than a minute or two for a free bathroom. The staff was excellent as well, they helped get us a car to the airport and provided a free walking tour. I would definitely recommend staying there if you want to spend your money on seeing amazing shows and spend your time enjoying the awesome city and not overpay for accomodations.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

So my wife and I are in our 50's and wanted to stay in town for one night. I was focusing on staying on the other side of the river in NJ and taking a bus over, but then came across this hotel. Our rating is based on what we expected for the $$, not in comparison to our friends full room at the Hilton several blocks away.
We staying in a bunk bed room, and as you may have already read, the rooms are tiny but clean, with several shared bathroom showers down the hall. Everything went fine - no issues with the room, the bathrooms were clean, and the employees all were helpful and upbeat. For us, what really helped was a little cafe in the lobby, with an ultra fresh bowl of fruit for $6 and very fresh hot coffee for $2....with free refills!
When we were there, there were mostly younger Europeans, with a smattering of folks our age. The only thing that alarmed me at all, is I saw one full room on our floor (2nd), and it was right across from the elevator and bathrooms...if I stayed there, I would be concerned about the noise...but our room was at the end of the hall, so no issues. One other note, I got the top bunk, so if you are a tenderfoot, bring some slippers or be prepared for a little foot pain as the ladder steps are not very wide. Oh, and our mini room did come with a safe, a sink, a small area for hanging closes, and a mini desk...not bad for under $200 in the heart of Manhattan!

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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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:
#6 Best Value Hotel in New York City
#155 Business Hotel in New York City
#162 Family Hotel in New York City
#193 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
Pod New York City

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