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
Pod39 has an excellent cost x benefit in NYC. Despite the small size of the rooms (be prepared and don't come with a lot of bags), they are comfortable, modern and functional. The shower is great! The hotel charges a resort fee that sounds strange for me. Even than, it worths the price.
My wife and I had a one night stop in NYC and decided to try this hotel. The hotel is very inviting and modern. The staff was courteous and helpful. The rooms are quite small but provided needed accommodation. The rooms were also very clean.
The only negative for this hotel is that there were extra charges other than the expected charge for the room. There was a $30 deposit for non smoking. There was also a charge of $77 that was supposedly a mistake. It has been a week since our stay and I have not yet seen a refund. I have written to the hotel with no reply.
I would really like to give a better review, however these extra costs prohibit so.
I read other reviews indicating problems with extra charges.
I stayed one night in a single pod and it was perfect for my needs. Compact space but with multiple storage options, a desk and good wifi, a well organised bathroom area with plentiful hot water. Great value for NYC and easy walking to subway, lots of food options and NY sights. Checkin and checkout were easy. I would definitely stay again.