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The Pod Hotel

  • 230 E. 51st St. Map It
  • Design


  • Great prices
  • Fun design


  • If you're prone to claustrophobia, you may want to reconsider
  • Some shared baths

Updated 02/20/2014

Fodor's Review

If cramped quarters don't bother you, this is one of the best deals in town. The rooms, starting at a meager 100 square feet, borrow space-saving ideas from mass transit, with sink consoles like those in an airplane restroom and built-in shelves under the beds, making the close quarters livable. Some rooms have standard queen beds and private baths; others have twins or spotless stainless steel bunks with pullout flat-screen TVs. All come with amenities like iPod docking

stations and free Wi-Fi. The location is convenient, and common areas are cheerful and modern, with an outdoor bar-café and a stylish roof deck, but don't expect luxe linens or fab toiletries. Book well in advance, as stylish thrifty folk of all ages keep this hotel hopping.

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Hotel Information


230 E. 51st St., between 2nd and 3rd Aves., New York, New York, 10022, United States

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212-355–0300; 800-742–5945

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 345 rooms, 189 with private bath
  • No meals

Updated 02/20/2014

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Nov 11, 2008

Not just for the 20-somethings

Two friends and I stayed at the Pod in June for several days. We were there to sightsee, go to the theater and shop. The rooms are tiny but are quite comfortable. The shared bathrooms were always clean and always available. We loved the roof top terrace! Two of the evenings we picked up dinner and a bottle of wine on the way back to The Pod at Grand Central Station. We spent a couple hours on the roof eating, drinking, laughing, visiting and enjoying

the great view. It is located very conveniently close to 2 major subway lines and lots of good restaurants. The staff was very helpful and had many great recommendations for places to eat, things to see and do. It is also an easy trip on the subway and AirTrain to JFK.

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