230 E. 51st St., between 2nd and 3rd Aves., New York, New York, 10022, USA
If cramped quarters don’t bother you, this is one of the best deals in town. Pods are tight on space but livable due to clever design and storage. Common areas are cheerful and modern, with an outdoor bar-café and a big roof deck. Book well in advance, as stylish thrifty folk of all ages keep this hotel hopping.
Starting at a meager 100-square feet, rooms borrow space-saving ideas from mass transit, with sink consoles like those in an airplane restroom and built-in shelves under the beds. Some rooms have standard queen beds while others have twin beds or bunks with pullout flat-screen TVs. Travelers that are hesitant about trying pod culture may want to book the Studio Pod, the largest room with a big closet and bathroom with a tub.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Don’t expect luxe linens or toiletries here—an affordable price gets you the basics.
Simple bathrooms have white subway tile and walk-in showers. Some rooms have private bathrooms, while others have access to shared bathrooms in the hallway.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Seriously, look closely at a pod’s features before booking. It might not have a bathroom.
The modern lobby has large wall murals, a sleek front desk, dangling globe light fixtures, and a few couches. The café and rooftop deck provide extra common space.
Salvation Burger is a relaxed restaurant from Chef April Bloomfield, creator of one of New York’s most famous burgers at her Downtown gastropub the Spotted Pig. The on-site café is ideal for quick breakfasts or snacks and has the extra feature of a garden. The rooftop deck has big Adirondack chairs and skyline views.
Located on East 51st Street between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue, this hotel has the landmarks of Midtown East nearby. Subway service is a bit limited with the 6 train at 51st Street. Taxis and Uber are widely available in the neighborhood.
For a taste of Japan, order a steaming bowl of noodles at the affordable Totto Ramen (3-minute walk). One of New York’s original watering holes, P.J. Clarke’s (6-minute walk) has retained its historic interiors and serves excellent oysters, lobster rolls, and steaks. There’s something for every appetite at The Smith (1-minute walk), a stylish restaurant with everything from big salads to chicken pot pie.
Small plates accompany a range of wines by the glass and bottle at Sofia Wine Bar (3-minute walk), a cozy spot with exposed brick walls. A rooftop lounge with a retractable roof, Upstairs at the Kimberley Hotel (4-minute walk) is a lively space to sip a cocktail with a skyline view.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Striking an ideal balance between affordability and comfort, the compact pods at this hotel are a functional launching pad for exploring New York. We love the spacious rooftop deck with Adirondack chairs and comfort food on-site at Salvation Burger.
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