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Hotel Pod 39 Hotel 3 star
145 East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016 New York, United States of America -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Thrifty travellers have a new reason for cheer in New York with the opening of a new Pod hotel, this time Pod 39. Younger sister of the Pod 51 hotel between Second and Third Avenues, the 39 is very much in the same vain and offers very similar rooms at low prices. Just because the rates are cheap that does not mean that you lose style or amenities however. Yes, the rooms are on the small side, but they contain everything the modern young traveller could wish for. In addition, the hotel boasts a stunning rooftop bar and there are plans for a cool common area just like at the 51. A restaurant and a ground floor bar are also in the pipeline. Pod 39 is perfect for young couples and groups of friends who want to be in the heart of New York but who do not necessarily have a huge budget.

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    Location 8.03 /10

    Pod 39 is situated on East 39th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues in the heart of Manhattan's Midtown. It is within walking distance from Times Square and Grand Central as well as the shopping on Fifth and Madison Avenues. The Rockefeller Center and the theatre district are a little further away while you could also go by foot to Central Park and the chic Upper East Side part of town. If you feel like heading further away then you can hop on a subway at Grand Central where you will find numerous lines going in all directions. JFK is 16 miles away, La Guardia 8 miles and Newark 16.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    Like its older sister, the Pod 39 has a range of different accommodations from those for the single traveller to larger guestrooms designed for groups of friends wishing to split the cost of their travel expenses. All the rooms are appointed in similar fashion with red and white painted walls, a light wood headboard and a simple desk featuring a cordless telephone and designer chair. The regular guestrooms have queen size beds dressed in white linens but with a bright red and brown blanket folded neatly towards the end of the bed. Above are a couple of reading lights while you will find a flatscreen television on the opposite wall. Some of the rooms give on to a courtyard while others look onto the road outside. Other amenities include an open wardrobe with hanging space, a safe and storage space under the bed (practical for those on long trips with a lot of baggage). One useful feature of the rooms is that you can hook up your portable devises and stream them through the television. The single rooms are a little pokey, but there are larger rooms if you are staying for a longer period or are in need of a bit more comfort. For those guests travelling as friends, there are several sizes of bunk pods with either two or four spaces, each bed having its own television, plug socket and storage table. Unlike at the Pod 51, all the rooms at the Pod 39 have their own private glass-enclosed bathroom with a good size walk-in shower, hairdryer and Red Flower toiletries which are environmentally-friendly and organic. They are nicely tiled in Parisian metro-like white tiles and feature large mirrors and black marble floors.

    Overview 7.20 /10

    The lobby of the Pod 39 is a simple affair with, at the moment, just the reception desk, a small seating area and a couple of elevators. The right hand wall is covered in a light wood panelling with the welcome desk a marble-topped affair appearing in a rectangular hole in the middle of the wall. We found the staff behind the desk to be really friendly and personable and just the type of person who would look to stay in a hotel like Pod 39. To the side of the reception is a trademark Pod abstract mural which helps to brighten up an otherwise plain space. Access to the rooms is swift and simple via the two elevators, although one can take the stairs if they so wish. The hotel as a whole is in an excellent condition and is kept clean and tidy. There is complimentary wifi throughout the hotel and there are free walking tours of different areas of New York every Tuesday with Pod guides. The hotel has plans to open up a common area where guests can relax and chat with other guests, do a spot of work, challenge others to a game or take a drink by the fireplace. More on this in due course.

    Food and drink

    For the moment the hotel does not have a restaurant although it should not be too long before this changes. If you need suggestions on where to eat you can have a word with the well-informed concierge who will give you plenty of advice on where to dine anywhere in the city. A modest complimentary breakfast is served in the lobby which comprises tea and coffee as well as some pastires and muffins.

    It may not have an eatery, but what the Pod 39 does have is a magnificent rooftop bar. Surrounded with high brick walls with arch windows and with fairy lights strewn across the space, it offers a stunning view of Midtown Manhattan, especially at night. The bar itself is located under a canvas canopy and the mosaic-topped tables are dotted around the terrace at such a distance as to provide intimacy if being saught. The music provides the perfect background noise to enjoy a cocktail, beer or glass of wine in this great setting which we feel is, at the moment, the real pull of the hotel.

    To know

    During our stay at Pod 39 the hotel was still in its soft opening phase, meaning that while it was open for guests to stay and a fully functioning hotel, there were still elements to be added to the hotel such as a common lounge area, a restaurant and lobby bar. As soon as we get news of these features we will update the profile.


    • Handicap access
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning


    • Cheap rates
    • Rooftop bar
    • Friendly service


    • Size of some rooms
    • Breakfast is very limited

    Traveller Reviews

    • Overall Score nc/10
    • Clément B. Clément B.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in mars 2014 Posted on 2016-04-28 Entre amis - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre sans vue)

        Très bon hôtel. accueil sympathique et chambre propre et moderne. le seul hic est que la salle de bain est séparé de la chambre par une grande vitre teintée. Donc hôtel à éviter pour les personnes pudiques mais sinon, je recommande totalement

      • Advantages

        emplacement, chambre propre et style moderne

      • Disavantages

        salle de bain séparée de la chambre par une vitre teinté. (on ne voit pas à travers mais on voit les formes de la personne qui y est)

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      • Overall Score 8.50/10
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