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
- 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
Great price for the location, just steps away from the Grand Cental Station, tons of food places nearby.
The room wasn't too big though, facing some yard walls and so on, but who stays in the room in NYC? :)
A good value for budget travelers.
Great spot, great food great atmosphere. Rooms are small and cosy but very nice and clean. Great roof top bar that seems busy most nights of the week. Good location also couple of blocks from subway and Times Square
Although the room is fairly small, it is so clean and functions well. It is also very quiet at night. It has advantages in walking to many places at NYC. It also provides a roof top bar for pleasure though we did not go there.
If you want a place with a modern, energetic feel to it, this is a good place for you. There's a rooftop bar on the 17th floor and a club-like atmosphere in the restaurant. I'm not usually interested in those things, but I loved this hotel anyway. We had a room on the backside of the hotel and it was nice and quiet. The staff was very friendly and the location was great. It's only a couple blocks from Grand Central Station, which made transportation a breeze, and there are lots and lots of restaurants along those two blocks. The rooms are small---that's why they're called pods---but they are clean and comfortable and had everything we really needed. (They do not have microwaves and coffee makers). A word of caution, our double pod had a private bathroom, but it was really part of the room. It was only separated from the bed by a thin glass wall and a foot of floor space. If you're the sort of person that likes privacy when you shower or do your business, this could be a problem.
The hotel has a good "buzz" about it. The rooftop bar is great. The rooms are small and functional but comfortable (I had a "full PoD" with a private bathroom. I was on my own, it would have been tight for 2 people). The hotel should change the faucets in the shower, however. The neighbourhood (Murray Hill) is very present - all mid-town attractions are in walking distance. I recommend this hotel. I would definitely go back.