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
Good atmosphere with the taqueria downstairs and the roof bar. The rooms are small but very clean (we had a room with the bunk beds and was perfect for two friends). We didn't have a lot of privacy but this is definitely a great value for money.
Yes the rooms are small (really small) but they're clean, safe and have everything that you need. Staff are always great and check in/out is efficient. As a base for seeing NYC it's hard to beat. Never had any problems here. Nearest subway is central station (about 5 minute walk). Lots of coffee shops, fast food restaurants around.
This was our second time at Pod 39. Since our first visit to NYC, this budget hotel became the best option for our visits to the big Apple. Their service and amenities are the must-have things we really need to hang out and enjoy the many different activities we can do in New York. Their location is very convenient to be close (but not to much) of the main City attractions and to explore other Manhattan neighborhoods well-known by their nightlife and restaurants. Totally recommend for people who love to explore the city by walking, by subway and public transportation
Location is great, very Central. Rooms are basic but everything you need is there. It can be noisy as rooms are close to each other. Nice rooftop and view. Good value for money if you want to stay in Manhattan.
Take a careful look at the small pictures since the rooms are clean and beds comfortable but there is barely enough space to move. I wonder how they manage to clean and vaccum since miniscule. Bathroom is small but excellently clean.