Advantages Great location, very clean, comfortable
Disadvantages The double is very small, I'd consider the Queen as a double...
So I was recently staying in the Pod Hotel for 5 nights and had a pretty mixed, but ultimately pleasant experience. I'm glad I stayed there, but I may have done things a little differently in hindsight.So the hotel is located in Midtown, on the east side. There are two close by subway stops - 51st/Lexington (which is nearest) and 53rd. Generally this is a useful position to be in, but perhaps not so much so as being on the west side which just seems to be a lot easier to hop on/off. On a previous trip to New York we stayed West 40-something and we were travelling all over the city and didn't seem to do as much changing and faffing about as we did over in this area, so I'd say that was something to bear in mind if you're just looking to stay in any area.
Anyway, there are bars and restaurants of the usual price range, but of good quality, either side of the pod. Theres a Chase bank on the corner of the next block, which for a 5 dollar fee (but no other charge) changes currency. There's also one of my favourite places in NYC literally around the corner - Ess a Bagel, which is the best place to get a bagel in the whole city (so delicious). So there are a lot of places around of varying price ranges to visit. Also in walking distance (although not a short walk) is the Museum of Modern Art and the Rockerfeller centre.The hotel foyer is large, has a reasonably sized lounge area with WiFi and a cafe (not run by the hotel) which also spans outside into the nicely decorated courtyard area. There is a happy hour in the cafe for breakfast and I gather it's cheaper at this time. The quality is good but outside of the happy hour I thought it was pretty pricey. Five dollars for the smallest 'handful' of strawberries I've ever seen and a squidge of whipped cream... Or a bagel for 8/12 dollars... Bit pricey if you ask me. The coffee is very nice though and in the right time, it would be worth eating here in the morning. There is a roof terrace which had a lovely view but wasn't worth writing home about.
The foyer staff were nice enough, the concierge was very helpful. The porters were very nice but there weren't enough of them in terms of how many people needed help. There was a bit of a wait to drop off bags or pick them up. But they were quick to offer and flag down a cab for you if needed.The rooms were mixed - you can either have a single room, a bunk bed style sharing room, a double or a queen sized room. The single/sharing rooms had communal bathrooms down the hall which we didn't see but there is another review on here which says they were very clean. I saw the size of the bunk bed rooms and they were fine, in terms of looking for hostels it looked very nice indeed. I heard that for the shared bathrooms there was a light to tell you which one was free, which sounds handy and saves walking all over the shop to find out!
The room that we initially stayed in was a double on the fourth floor. We've stayed in some budget and 'pod' style hotels before and been more than happy.
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