What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- There’s no room service or gym
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
In terms of location this hotel is within easy walking distance of many of the main tourist must-dos. It makes no bones about the fact the fact that it’s not a luxury hotel and it really isn’t. We wanted somewhere clean with a comfortable bed to rest our heads after a busy day’s sightseeing so top of the range accommodation was not required. And we got exactly what we paid for - we knew it was a budget hotel. Other than the most basic of toiletries and a hairdryer there are no extras - no tea and coffee making facilities, no iron or ironing board. One very irritating thing was that only one of the lifts was working throughout our 5 day stay in a hotel with many floors and a rooftop bar!
There is an ice machine on one of the upper floors, but no-one tells you about it when you check in - we only found out about because we visited the bar and asked for ice and it was the bar staff who told us. It’s this lack of basic information and a general unhelpfulness that caused me to mark it down to a 3 rather than 4. So for example the night before we left we asked the concierge to arrange a taxi for us in the morning but he refused to do it because we weren’t travelling to the airport - we were going by luxury coach to our next destination. He told us to hail a cab on the street, which was not easy because out side the hotel there was loads of scaffolding restricting our view, so we had to trundle two heavy suitcases up to Lexington Avenue. It felt pretty disobliging to be honest.
In summary, stay if you are on a limited budget and want to be in a reasonable location, but it certainly isn’t grand and the staff aren’t that great.
A zany hotel immaculately clean, small rooms but ideal for sleep, ablutions and out you go exploring. There are lounges though downstairs. The most fabulous concierge in Stephen.
A roof top bar/restaurant well patronised by young people
Very well located near eateries and Underground
Located about 5 min walking distance from Grand Central Station.
There is a pub on ground and top floor so one of lift is reserved to their guess. You can noise from the noise but considered acceptable.
Size of room is smaller than the other Pod hotel.
I was staying in a single room and only have one piece of luggage, which is just have enough space.
Toilet is in a rectangle shape which toilet bowl facing the wall. You may hit wall easy if you are average big size.
There is concierge which can arrange transport for you.
You may want to arrange from them otherwise taxi fare or UBer can cost a huge bomb.
I was excited about the idea of this hotel but i got disappointed.
I couldn't find any room available on the official website so I wrote them. They only give me the chance for a double room. I asked to upgrade in case they had a bigger room (i read a lot of review talking about how small the rooms are). The day after it was available online. I wrote them but they didn't answered for days and the price got higher and higher. Finally when we arrived we could have it. I actually don't know how the room could be smaller. The QUEEN POD is small and not well organized at all. The bed is small for two people. You just have 3 hanger and no closet. The bathroom is useless big. The room was so unconfortable. We didn't have space for anything. Fortunately we were there just to sleep... It was not as clean as I thought. The glass of the window were dirty when we arrived and they got worst while our stay... The fan works either the light is on or off so you always have this noise and it seems like a jetplane that is about to take off. We probably had air conditioner engines so It was quite unbearable. I wouldn't actually come back. For the same price you can get something better... The staff is super kind althought Communication has been very difficult.
The rooftop it's nice and if you are guest of the hotel you can go easily.
The location is top to take underground to go everywhere. It is a working area so you won't find much for have dinner/drink etc.
I am from NYC - I am used to tiny hotel rooms. BUT - this is beyond tiny. When you open the door -you hit the bed. You can lie in bed and turn on the shower. There is only a sliver of a window. Claustrophobic!!!!!!