About the Pod Hotel
When the 347-room Pod Hotel opened its doors in 2007, it was the first of its kind in New York City. Manhattan’s answer to the wallet-friendly hostels so prevalent in European cities and Japanese-originated “capsule hotels,” the Pod offers just that: super-chic modular living spaces at low prices.
While the prices are comparable, the difference between the Pod and a European hostel is style, and lots of it. Walk into the lobby and chances are you'll be personally greeted by the friendly, young staff. Coast past colorful walls painted by JM Rizzi (best known for his lively Brooklyn street art), Eames-like chairs, bright red divans and white rounded tables topped with flowers. Take the elevator up to the 14th floor and you'll find a colonnaded roof with an urban-garden vibe, which boasts rounded deck tables, French bistro chairs and plenty of in-the-know guests in the warmer months.
Though the emphasis here is on the out-of-room convivial experience, the rooms themselves, though small, have plenty to offer. The compact design is like that of a first-class cabin on a modern train: beds double as daybeds (but they’re Sealy Posturepedic), TVs fold out from bunk beds (but they’re LCD flat-screens), bathrooms doors are translucent (but they have rainshowers), and iPod docking stations are standard in every room. Though only 195 rooms have private bathrooms, the communal ones are spotlessly clean and modern with stainless steel finishes and the same rainshowers you find in-room.
Did you know?
Guests can familiarize themselves with the Pod community before check-in with the hotel’s “Pod Culture Forum,” a feature on the website that allows guests to introduce themselves to one another and trade itineraries before even setting foot in New York.
The Pod's hip atmosphere makes it a slam dunk for young adults hoping for a communal hotel experience.
The Pod Hotel Location Information:
230 East 51st St.
New York, NY 10022
6 to 51st St.; E, M to Lexington Ave./53rd St
The Pod's Outdoor and Indoor Café is open May through October. Le Bateau Ivre wine bar is right next door to the hotel.
- 24 hour front desk
- Cable/Satellite TV