$105 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Oct 30, 2014 Check-out: Oct 31, 2014

Pod 51 Hotel

3 stars
230 East 51st Street, New York, NY 10022
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.8
out of 5
117 reviews
Great location, highly recommended

This has minimal amenities fitted into a small space, but it's what we wanted because we were out... See full review

  • BlacksbgMom
  • Aug 25, 2014
Would stay here again

Stayed here 4 nights and had a very positive experience. It was very clean/modern and the staff was... See full review

  • Lmichelle
  • Aug 17, 2014
The hip, affordable and trendy Pod Hotel offers convenient and personalized accommodations for the stylish and spend thrifty traveler. The Pod 51 Hotel, is the original Pod located in the heart of Manhattans Midtown East. Pod Hotels are New Yorks number one choice to visit New York City on a budget.

Hotel Map

40.7559 -73.9691
Area served
New York
Nearby airports
JFK International Airport, LaGuardia International Airport, Newark International Airport.
Area description
The innovative Pod Hotel offers compact, cleverly designed rooms and a prime location 4 blocks from Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, less than 6 blocks from the Theater District, and 2 blocks from subways.

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Reviewer score 3.8 out of 5

Pod 51 Hotel Rooms

ECONOMY - ROOM
Economy Room offers two bunk beds with basic amenities. Measuring approximately 90 square feet, this guestroom has 2 bunked twin beds, each with its own reading light and 10-inch LCD TV with headphones. The clock radio has an iPod dock, and wireless Internet access is complimentary. The room has a stainless steel sink, and guests have access to multiple shared bathrooms with granite and marble interiors, streaming music, and showers with rainfall shower-heads and water jets. Non-smoking.
DOUBLE - ROOM
Double Room offers one double size bed with basic amenities. Measuring approximately 100 square feet, this guestroom has 1 double bed and a 15-inch LCD TV. The clock radio has an iPod dock, and wireless Internet access is complimentary. The private glass-enclosed bathroom has a rainfall shower-head and a stainless steel sink. Non-smoking.
QUEEN - ROOM
Queen Room offers one queen size bed with basic amenities. Measuring approximately 125 square feet, this guestroom has 1 queen bed and a 20-inch LCD TV. The clock radio has an iPod dock, and wireless Internet access is complimentary. The private glass-enclosed bathroom has a rainfall shower-head and a stainless steel sink. Non-smoking.
SINGLE - ROOM
Single Room offers one twin bed with basic amenities. Measuring approximately 90 square feet, this guestroom has 1 single bed and a 15-inch LCD TV. The clock radio has an iPod dock, and wireless Internet access is complimentary. The room has a stainless steel sink, and guests have access to multiple shared bathrooms with granite and marble interiors, streaming music, and showers with rainfall shower-heads and water jets. Non-smoking.

Amenities

  • Free internet
  • Airport shuttle
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Elevators
Dining
Restaurant
Services
In-Room Safe
Doctor on call
Internet
Free internet
Transportation
Airport shuttle
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant
Wheel chair access
Service animals allowed
Accessible parking
Public areas wheelchair accessible for disabled
Audible emergency alarm for sight impaired guest
Wheelchair accessible elevators
Ramp access to buildings

Nearby points of interest

  • Citicorp Center: 0.2 mi
  • Japan Society Gallery: 0.2 mi
  • East Side: 0.3 mi
  • Ford Foundation Building: 0.3 mi
  • Lever House: 0.3 mi
  • Chrysler Building: 0.4 mi
  • Cathedral of St. Patrick: 0.4 mi
  • Bloomberg Tower: 0.4 mi
  • Saks Fifth Avenue: 0.4 mi
  • MetLife Building: 0.4 mi
  • United Nations Headquarters: 0.4 mi
  • Paley Park: 0.4 mi
  • Sony Building: 0.4 mi
  • Ralph Bunche Park: 0.5 mi
  • Sony Wonder Technology Lab: 0.5 mi
  • Citicorp Center: 0.2 mi
  • Japan Society Gallery: 0.2 mi
  • East Side: 0.3 mi
  • Ford Foundation Building: 0.3 mi
  • Lever House: 0.3 mi
  • Chrysler Building: 0.4 mi
  • Cathedral of St. Patrick: 0.4 mi
  • Bloomberg Tower: 0.4 mi
  • Saks Fifth Avenue: 0.4 mi
  • MetLife Building: 0.4 mi
  • United Nations Headquarters: 0.4 mi
  • Paley Park: 0.4 mi
  • Sony Building: 0.4 mi
  • Ralph Bunche Park: 0.5 mi
  • Sony Wonder Technology Lab: 0.5 mi
  • Grand Central Station: 0.5 mi
  • Daily News Building: 0.5 mi
  • Museum of Modern Art (MOMA): 0.5 mi
  • International Building: 0.5 mi
  • University Club: 0.5 mi
  • Trump Tower: 0.5 mi
  • Robert Moses Playground: 0.5 mi
  • Rockefeller Center: 0.5 mi
  • Henri Bendel: 0.5 mi
  • NBC Studios: 0.5 mi
  • Nintendo World Store New Yok: 0.6 mi
  • Museum of Television and Radio: 0.6 mi
  • GE Building: 0.6 mi
  • Park Avenue: 0.6 mi
  • Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden: 0.6 mi
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park: 0.6 mi
  • Bergdorf Goodman: 0.6 mi
  • Radio City Music Hall: 0.6 mi
  • FAO Schwarz: 0.6 mi
  • Barney's: 0.6 mi
  • Diamond District: 0.6 mi
  • Museum of American Folk Art: 0.6 mi
  • American Craft Museum: 0.6 mi
  • Harmonie Club: 0.6 mi
  • CBS Building: 0.6 mi
  • Fifth Avenue: 0.6 mi
  • Metropolitan Club: 0.6 mi
  • Paine Webber Art Gallery: 0.7 mi
  • Tudor City: 0.7 mi
  • New Amsterdam Theater: 0.7 mi

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1400
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by Orbitz

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Guest Reviews (117)

Ratings and reviews for Pod 51 Hotel

Overall score

3.5 / 5
5.01.0
24 out of 117
Amenities:
3.3
Room cleanliness:
4.2
Hotel staff:
3.9
Room comfort:
3.2
Location:
4.3
Value:
3.9

75% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
CharlesWright
Business
Connecticutt
Oct 4, 2014

First time in a pod

The shared bathroom/shower was a concern but turns out it is a room that is one person at a time. It was clean and I enjoyed my stay.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
JaundicedFerret
Business
Arlington, VA, USA
Aug 31, 2014

You get what you pay for

For the area, this place is really cheap, and is basically in between a hostel and a normal hotel. I got a private room without my own bathroom, although it did have a sink. The room was super small, no desk or chair or anything, just a bed, small sink, and a TV in the wall that only partially worked (remote control worked about 50% of the time, the engineer came by with a box of 5 of them and none of them worked even with new batteries, but eventually it started working occasionally). There is a strong perfume smell in the lobby, super slow elevators, and slow wireless, but the bed was comfortable, the A/C worked more or less (full blast or off only, but it cooled the room), and the room was quiet. Next time I'm in town I'll look for somewhere else to stay, but this was OK in the end.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Louis Python
Business
Chelsea, Australia
Aug 9, 2014

Good value but very small room

Glad that I stayed there. Good value compared to other options, not luxurious, room was very small.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Pod 51 Hotel

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Absolutely1
Business
Texas
Jul 13, 2014

How Much Are You Willing To Do To Save Some $$$?

If you get the cheapest room, you also share a bathroom down the hall. The rooms are tiny but clean and well-maintained. The room has a sink and mirror, so you can do a lot of the "bathroom stuff" like brushing your teeth and cleaning your contacts in the room. All you really need the shared bathrooms for are the commode and the shower. It sounds gross, but the bathrooms were clean and guests were considerate. There are no ice machines, and you have to go to the kitchen for ice (open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.). Other small things like this make the hotel definitely no frills. That said, I kept thinking "never again." If you have to get up in the middle of the night, you then have to walk down the hall -- and don't forget your room key! I was willing to give it a try on a friend's recommendation, but I wouldn't do it again, even if the $150/night was ridiculously cheap by Manhattan standards. I'd rather pay more, but others might be fine with it.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

There is a small park across the street on 53rd with a huge waterfall and lots of seating areas. It's incredibly peaceful and you forget you're in the middle of the city.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
PrffsrDuh
Business
Iowa
Jul 11, 2014

Never Disappointed

The Pod is what its name implies: Small bunking spaces rather than full rooms. But I just finished my second stay there and will go back when traveling to NYC solo in the future. The rooms themselves have little room, but they are clean and well ordered, and the shared bathrooms are monitored frequently by staff to keep them clean. I don't spend a lot of time in my room when I visit NYC, so the smallness of the pods doesn't bother me. The staff is friendly and accommodating, and the attached bar is a great place to catch a game.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Kateeka
Business
New Jersey
May 20, 2014

Great price for Mid-Manhattan

Just needed an overnight stay, and this was perfect. Close to work and next venue. Room was small, but had all I needed. Bathrooms were down the hall, room has a sink. Bring a washcloth if you want one, they are not provided. Very European.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Gollum's friend
Business
Montana
Mar 25, 2014

One can do better

The door stopped no sound at all and there was a half-inch gap at the bottom. Although the hotel is non-smoking two out of five nights cigarette smoke came rolling through the door gap. It is a convenient location, but that is about all--for a noisy, sparse, London-sized room I would prefer to be in London.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

E-train station with connection to LaGaurdia bus or express to JFK Air Train station is a short walk up Lexington Ave.

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Review of Pod 51 Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
whatever2
Business
Philadelphia, Pa.
Mar 19, 2014

good hotel

The Pod 51 is a terrific hotel, but I do wish they would supply wash cloths. Other than that, near perfect.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
City lover
Business
South Carolina
Mar 1, 2014

Amazing value great location

The location is just a block from the subway (E train and Lex Ave) and an easy walk to Grand Central, stores, the UN and the Park. There are plenty of great restaurants within 2 blocks in all price ranges. The hotel is clean and neat. The rooms are compact, but all my needs were met, including a free safe in the room. The lobby restaurant is convenient for coffee in the morning. The only small notice was a slightly hard bed, but that's a matter of taste. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to stay in New York, especially young people as it has a lot of young travelers and is in a very safe location.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Fantastic neighborhood Italian restaurant "Pescatore" around the corner. Well priced for a nice night out or a tiramisu and coffee.

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Review of Pod 51 Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Jamie92
Business
London, UK
Feb 11, 2014

Fine!

Nothing bad to report at all, it was fine. Location is really far east, although the 6 train is nearby!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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