I’m proposing a great “hotel” plan in New York by Morgane from the NYCTT Community. She loved her stay at the Pod 51 Hotel, and now she wants to share her experience with MPVNY readers.
Pod 51 belongs to The Pod Hotel chain of hotels, like Pod 39.
If you also want to share your travel tips to visit NYC plans with us, check out this NYCTT article in which I explain how to do so.
Many thanks to Morgane for her good plan in New York!
Hotel Pod 51 – Morgane’s hotel tip in New York City
I discovered the Pod 51 hotel during my stay in NY for 8 days and 7 nights. I decided to go on a trip with a friend. It was our first trip to the USA. For a girls’ vacation, we needed a hotel with much hygiene and private bathrooms to take care of our beauty 😉
We were also looking for comfort, focusing on Manhattan to make the room rate profitable by saving the cost of transportation. The most important thing was to be able to do a maximum of sightseeing by walking.
In short, we wanted a safe area so as not to worry.
From the first night and throughout our stay, we enjoyed all of these aspects, especially the fact that we were only a 15-minute walk from Times Square.
What does the Pod 51 Hotel have to offer?
The Pod 51 has a designer lobby, very spacious. The staff is very nice and pleasant. There are iPads on the wall for free use with the ability to print. You can leave your bags at the front desk in case your return flight leaves until late in the evening.
As in any other hotel, there are drink dispensers and a concierge to help you organize and book activities.
On the 14th floor of the building is the rooftop. It offers a panoramic view over southern Manhattan and part of 5th Avenue. It’s a pleasant space with several tables and seating where you can eat.
What are the rooms like at the Pod 51 Hotel?
The bedrooms are small but very practical. Remember that you won’t spend your time in the room if you wake up early to visit the city.
You will find everything you need to store your clothes, closets, drawers. It also has an LCD screen, an iPod dock, a hairdryer…
We had chosen a room with an en-suite bathroom and felt like we were in a cruise ship cabin.
The bed is very comfortable, the decor is minimalist, but we had a small desk with a phone, paper, and pens.
Some rooms have a view of 51st street. The others are in the inner courtyard, with a personalized and very colorful facade.
They change sheets and towels every day and perfume the room.
They have free Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel.
How is the hotel in general?
There is one dominant color per floor, 4 bathrooms with light to see if they are occupied.
If you want to save money, there is no need to choose a private bathroom. The staff cleans the bathrooms several times during the day.
What’s around Pod 51?
To my mind, the best thing about this hotel is its location. Indeed, Pod 51 is close to numerous stores. There is plenty of Starbucks, Prêt-à-manger, and a convenience store on the corner of 51st and 3rd street.
There is a bar right next to the hotel on the right for hookah amateurs: the Karizma Lounge.
The subway is only two blocks away, at the corner of Lexington Street and 51st Street.
We were also very close to St Patrick’s Cathedral (at the end of our street), 5th Avenue, Rockefeller Center, Central Park… for Gossip Girls fans and other Chuck Bass fans, right across the street from the famous cathedral is the New York Palace Hotel where our favorite characters live.
How much does it cost to stay at Pod 51?
It depends on the seasons. We paid about $2000 USD for a double bedroom, with private bathroom, 7 nights in May.
It took us a while to book. I know it is possible to get lower rates by booking in advance.
Where is Pod 51?
The Pod 51 is in the Midtown area, near Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Address: 230 East, 51st Street, NYC.
I loved my stay at the Pod 51. I would go back there without a doubt!