by Whitney Rife
The Pod prides itself on being one of the hippest, most affordable hotels of its area. The boutique hotel is a great option for families. The hotel is located in Midtown East, just a short stroll away from Radio City Music Hall and the Theater District. Rooms are artsy and colorful with bright decors and chic furnishings, even the walls and headboards tend to display wild abstract designs. Flat-screen televisions, MP3 docking stations and free wireless Internet access are available. Rooms are referred to as “pods” and they come in a variety of styles to suit guests’ needs. Some pods have bunk beds and others feature shared bathrooms with upgraded bath appliances, like rain showers, designer sinks and streaming music. An outdoor cafe is open seasonally, serving natural baked goods and organic yogurt. A beautiful rooftop garden with expansive city views is another quiet retreat. At Pod Hotel, a concierge is ready to recommend events, place and hotspots around the city.
Our Editor Loves
- Artsy rooms with many layouts
- Rooftop garden
- Budget-friendly for the area
Stayed here for a week. Very basic hotel. I opted for queen room with own bathroom as not into sharing. Room is very small but functional; bathroom is maybe size of airplane toilet; shower would not fit large person. Location is great. Was there for a conference at UN plus other places and walked everywhere. Used subway a couple of times but only to go out to Tribeca and 911 museum. Good choice is you are ok with small and servicable and don't expect extras. Staff were very nice and helpful and were good about giving advice.
by Nicole M
This hotel was really great overall! But, when I was checking out, the man behind the front desk helping me check out told me I still had to pay "facilities fees." The man next to me checking out didn't have any, and when I asked what those fees were for, he said "like, the WiFi and things like that," which is just absurd, but wouldn't let me check out until I'd paid for it and I had to catch a bus. Watch out for nonsense like that.