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Pod 51

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

the hotel is well located, the rooms are clean and although the rooms are very small they are adequately appointed and very functional

Affordable and great location. Hotel was cleaning and staff was very friendly. Would recommend to others.

The pictures do not give it justice. The rooms are not that small. The price is perfect for what you get. I have stayed in more expensive hotels in NY, less quality. Its close to everything at well. I do not have anything negative to say.

I had an overall great experience. Checked into the hotel a little late and got a not so good room; the shared rooms are a little cramped, we saw a bug on the floor and it was too close to the elevators. We went to the front desk the next morning and asked for an upgrade and when we got back that night we were given a much better room with a balcony. The people at the front were very nice and accommodating. The location can't be beat either, a five minute walk from the subway and in a quiet street. Would definitely stay here again

Great stay. The rooms are small, but very neat and clean. The staff was friendly and informative.

The hotel was clean a close to all site seeing locations. I enjoyed the clean room. The rooms are not big but they were well stocked, recently updated and clean!

The Pod 51 is my first choice for lodging in NYC. For solo travelers who don't plan on spending much time in the room, the value is a good one. I did notice this visit that the shared bathrooms were not always as frequently serviced as they have been in previous stays. Also, the air conditioner was very loud, which I don't remember from previous stays. But my room was clean, safe, and quiet.

If you are more than 6' the bed is too smalll and the showers are not always clean

Staff were very friendly and helpful. Room was very clean. Location was great- within walking distance of Times Square and other attractions.

My 6-year-old daughter and I stayed at Pod 51 for 5 nights. The location is great--close to the subway and Grand Central, but not in the crazy of Times Square. The hotel itself is quiet and restful, too. We stayed in one of the pods with 2 bunk beds. The rooms are small, but they are well designed for comfort and convenience. Our room was cleaned every day -- our beds were made up and fresh towels provided. The shared bathrooms were never a problem as they were kept very clean and we seemed to have plenty of access (4 on our floor). We also had a sink and mirror in our room which helped with bedtime and getting ready in the morning.

Original room had water on the carpet and made the room smell but they quickly changed me to another room without any problems.

As a tourist the room met all my needs. I didn't need any more but to rest and cool off a bit. The desk staff was friendly and efficient. I was quite comfy.

It's close enough to everything you want to see and it's very clean and well kept. In my case, I had a bed and a sink to myself and down the hall were private showers and toilets. It's prefect if you know you won't spend much time on your room.

My friend & I stayed for four nights, the hotel is in a great location, within walking distance to Rockefeller Center & Times Square. Close to transit (subway & bus), the rooms are cute pods, ours had the twin bunk bed & though the beds weren't very comfy they were fine. The rooftop is cool make sure you check it out. Overall we had a great experience here & would stay again.

Decided to try something different in midtown. Check-in was easy. People were very nice. Quick trip up the elevator. Since rooms are small, hallways look almost like a line of phone booths. Room was efficiently laid out - tight but everything you needed was there. You need to be organized and use the space efficiently as a result, however. Good shower, lots of hot water. Bed mostly comfortable. Small TV but fine for my purposes. Quite cost-effective for mid-town. Be prepared to walk. While this hotel is on 51st St, it is pretty far over on the east side, almost to 2d Avenue, so if you need to go over to Broadway or 6th Avenue, it is a hike. It is also a hike from Penn Station, not so much from Grand Central. I only had two complaints. First, the security seemed lax. It seemed that anyone could come in the front door and go right up on the elevator to any floor. For a hotel like this, that could be troublesome, and could be easily fixed by having someone attentive right at the elevator to deter outsiders. Second, the sink was aligned on a wall in the main room, but was not very deep front to back, and as a result, water kept splashing on the floor, which was carpeted. That was distasteful when you think about the number of times that must occur, day after day. If you want to spend $50 more a night, you can move up into the hotels with regular size rooms, but this is a pretty decent alternative for those on a budget who don't need to spread out.

Great hotel and it's location is awesome close to everything and subway.

I picked this hotel because it was cheap and in a good part of Manhattan. My expectations weren't super high, but they surprised me. The lobby was clean and while the hallways were quite dark, the room was bright. It was small, but I had enough room to move around an I comfortably could have shared with another person. I did have a room with a private bath and that was much appreciated. The bathroom was clean and a decent size. Overall, I enjoyed my stay and I would stay again.

experience was fine. no complaints though the room was smaller than I thought. It would have been ok for one person, not 2.

It was clean, perfect the only thing is it was cold in our room and the control for the heat didn't work but everything else wete excellent.

During busy waking hours there may be a wait for the "water closet" but no problems at off hours

230 E 51st St New York NY

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Chrysler Building and Bloomingdale's
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Rooftop terrace

Pod 51 places you in Central New York City, within a leisurely stroll of popular sights such as Chrysler Building and Bloomingdale's. This 348-room, 3-star hotel has a restaurant, free in-room WiFi, and a rooftop terrace. It's in central Manhattan and also a short walk from Rockefeller Center and Grand Central Terminal.


Dining

You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge or visit the onsite restaurant for a bite to eat. Get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café. For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee.


Rooms

Pod 51's 348 air-conditioned rooms provide safes, phones, and desks. 27-inch LCD TVs come with digital channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and beds are dressed in premium bedding.


Property features

Guests of Pod 51 enjoy a rooftop terrace, free WiFi in public areas, and conference space. Self parking is available for USD 35 per night. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include free newspapers, a garden, and a porter/bellhop.

Room options

Single Room, 1 Twin Bed, Shared Bathroom

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Single Room, 1 Twin Bed, Private Bathroom

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Double Room, Private Bathroom

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed, Private Bathroom

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for Pod 51

Everyone (43) Couples (46) Business (33) Students (1) Family (17) Other (46) Friends (17)
4

practical clean hotel

Everyone

the hotel is well located, the rooms are clean and although the rooms are very small they are adequately appointed and very functional

By on Oct 31, 2017

4
Everyone

Affordable and great location. Hotel was cleaning and staff was very friendly. Would recommend to others.

By on Oct 21, 2017

5

nice!

Everyone

The pictures do not give it justice. The rooms are not that small. The price is perfect for what you get. I have stayed in more expensive hotels in NY, less quality. Its close to everything at well. I do not have anything negative to say.

By , from Virginia on Oct 20, 2017

4

nice little hotel in a great location

Everyone

I had an overall great experience. Checked into the hotel a little late and got a not so good room; the shared rooms are a little cramped, we saw a bug on the floor and it was too close to the elevators. We went to the front desk the next morning and asked for an upgrade and when we got back that night we were given a much better room with a balcony. The people at the front were very nice and accommodating. The location can't be beat either, a five minute walk from the subway and in a quiet street. Would definitely stay here again

By on Oct 18, 2017

4

nice clean hotel

Everyone

Great stay. The rooms are small, but very neat and clean. The staff was friendly and informative.

By , from Las Vegas on Oct 3, 2017

5

clean and convenient.

Everyone

The hotel was clean a close to all site seeing locations. I enjoyed the clean room. The rooms are not big but they were well stocked, recently updated and clean!

By , from Los Angeles, California on Sep 18, 2017

4

still my first choice for nyc.

Everyone

The Pod 51 is my first choice for lodging in NYC. For solo travelers who don't plan on spending much time in the room, the value is a good one. I did notice this visit that the shared bathrooms were not always as frequently serviced as they have been in previous stays. Also, the air conditioner was very loud, which I don't remember from previous stays. But my room was clean, safe, and quiet.

By on Sep 18, 2017

3
Everyone

If you are more than 6' the bed is too smalll and the showers are not always clean

By on Aug 17, 2017

5

great staff, great location.

Everyone

Staff were very friendly and helpful. Room was very clean. Location was great- within walking distance of Times Square and other attractions.

By , from cincinnati,oh on Jul 28, 2017

4

perfect hybrid of hostel and hotel

Families

My 6-year-old daughter and I stayed at Pod 51 for 5 nights. The location is great--close to the subway and Grand Central, but not in the crazy of Times Square. The hotel itself is quiet and restful, too. We stayed in one of the pods with 2 bunk beds. The rooms are small, but they are well designed for comfort and convenience. Our room was cleaned every day -- our beds were made up and fresh towels provided. The shared bathrooms were never a problem as they were kept very clean and we seemed to have plenty of access (4 on our floor). We also had a sink and mirror in our room which helped with bedtime and getting ready in the morning.

By , from Spokane, WA on Jul 24, 2017