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
The stay was great and the staff super friendly. Close walk from Grand Central and then a quick hop to everywhere we wanted to go. Super quiet given the location and the popularity of the lobby bar. Price reasonable for Midtown location.
However, the $23/day resort fee for services that I'd never use other than "free" wifi is simply outrageous for a room the size we had. I won't stay here again simply for that reason, even though the place was great.
I agree the room is small but the City is where you want to be so get OUT of your CLEAN room. My 16 year old niece and I stayed in a bunk bed room based on the suggestion of the reservation desk. Perfect for us.
Roof top bar was nice to chill while our room was being finished. The view! Wow.
Coffee at the breakfast bar with Joel, delicious coffee and conversation.
Empellon Al Pastor has the perfect food and drink for a night cap. Great service too.
Steve, the concierge, will make planning your days easy. He's my new BFF.
I absolutely recommebd Pod39. Rooms are small but comfortable, fully furnished and very clean. Restaurant Al Pastor is delicious and the roof at 17th floor has an amazing view to NYC (see the picture).