The cocktails in the bar, which were created by fêted mixologist Sam Anderson
Each bed, even in the four-bunk rooms, gets its own flat-screen television
All-day dining at Salvation Taco, the restaurant off the lobby from Michelin-starred chef April Bloomfield
What To Know
Rooms start at a claustrophobic 55 square feet, so if you’re traveling with a companion make sure you’re comfortable sharing a tiny space
There’s no room service or gym
Parking on site
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Good-value property in Murray Hill with a trendy Mexican restaurant from April Bloomfield and one of New York's best rooftop bars
Pod has taken the glammed-up hostels that are popular in Europe and brought them to the U.S. The Murray Hill location is essentially a budget hotel with designer touches: it’s affordable, stylish, and ideal for travelers who aren’t going to spend much time in the compact rooms (which hold just the basics, albeit with clever additions like coat hooks, under-bed storage and plenty of outlets). Each “pod” comes in various configurations, from single beds to double bunks (each gets its own flat-screen TV), but all have en-suite bathrooms with rainfall showers and terrazzo floors. The public spaces—a communal playroom with a fireplace and Ping-Pong, a fun rooftop bar with a view, and the Mexican restaurant that’s a neighborhood gathering place—are excellent places to meet other travelers or to spread out a little more than what is possible in the rooms.
In the Area
Residential Murray Hill might not the be trendiest neighborhood in the city, but the hotel is just a few blocks from Grand Central Station and there are plenty of good dining and drinking options on nearby Irving Place: try the Pierre Loti wine bar for tasty small plates and Old World varietals, followed by dinner at neighborhood favorite Sushi Choshi or the Shake Shack just around the corner from the hotel. The main advantage of this location – besides price – is that it’s a quiet place to stay but still convenient for shopping in Midtown East as well as the great restaurants, stores, and theaters in the East Village. The Empire State Building, Times Square, and Madison Square Garden are all within walking distance of the hotel.