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Pod 51

New York - La Guardia , NY, US (LGA)

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Double Room, Private Bathroom

Double Room, Private Bathroom

1 double bed
110 sq feet (10 sq meters)

Entertainment - Free WiFi and wired Internet access, 27-inch LCD TV
Sleep - Premium bedding and blackout drapes/curtains
Bathroom - Free toiletries and a hair dryer
Practical - Safe, desk, and phone
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed, Private Bathroom

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed, Private Bathroom

1 queen bed
120 sq feet (11 sq meters)

Entertainment - Free WiFi and wired Internet access, 27-inch LCD TV
Sleep - Premium bedding and blackout drapes/curtains
Bathroom - Free toiletries and a hair dryer
Practical - Safe, desk, and phone
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Single Room, 1 Single Bed, Shared Bathroom

Single Room, 1 Single Bed, Shared Bathroom

1 twin bed
95 sq feet (9 sq meters)

Entertainment - Free WiFi and wired Internet access, 27-inch LCD TV
Sleep - Premium bedding and blackout drapes/curtains
Bathroom - Free toiletries and a hair dryer
Practical - Safe, desk, and phone
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Single Room, 1 Single Bed, Private Bathroom

Single Room, 1 Single Bed, Private Bathroom

1 twin bed
100 sq feet (9 sq meters)

Entertainment - Free WiFi and wired Internet access, 27-inch LCD TV
Sleep - Premium bedding and blackout drapes/curtains
Bathroom - Free toiletries and a hair dryer
Practical - Safe, desk, and phone
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Standard Room, Shared Bathroom

Standard Room, Shared Bathroom

1 bunk bed
100 sq feet (9 sq meters)

Entertainment - Free WiFi and wired Internet access, 27-inch LCD TV
Sleep - Premium bedding and blackout drapes/curtains
Bathroom - Free toiletries and a hair dryer
Practical - Safe, desk, and phone
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Pod 51
230 E 51st St, New York, NY US 10022

Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 348 air-conditioned rooms featuring LCD televisions. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and digital programming provides entertainment. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Amenities
Take in the views from a rooftop terrace and a garden and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access.

Dining
You can enjoy a meal at a restaurant serving the guests of Pod 51, or find a snack in a coffee shop/cafť. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.

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Fees

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 6 and USD 15 per person (approximately)
  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 22 per person
  • Self parking fee: USD 35 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

AMENITIES:
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Coffee Shop
  • Concierge Desk
  • Conference Rooms
  • Dry Cleaning Service
  • Elevator / Lift
  • Lounge/Bar
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Porter / Bellhop
(+) = Additional fees may apply for the use of these amenities.
(*) = Free, some restrictions may apply

Based on 4281 reviews
from Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Submitted on 20-05-2016
On our recent trip to New York City, my wife and I stayed 5 days at the Pod 51 hotel prior to our New England/Maritimes Cruise. We were very impressed with the hotel. The location was excellent with amazing access to the subway within a couple blocks going whichever way you wanted or needed to. Transit from JFK to the hotel was extremely painless via Subway as well. The hotel itself was extremely clean and well kept. The rooms are small but pack an amazing amount of storage and practicality... Read more
from Boston, Massachusetts
Submitted on 20-05-2016
We stayed here one night and got bitten by bedbugs. Couldn't sleep and kept waking up to several bites on arms and legs. Good thing I didn't bring them home with me. First and last time at this hotel.
from
Submitted on 20-05-2016
This was the last of my many stays at Pod 51. Came here straight after work to check into my room. Was given a room with a bunk bed at first. I requested a room with a single bed and was given a hard time to get another room. Was told there are no other rooms available but something magically opened up when I refused to stay in the room. Next room I was given, the window had been left open so it was freezing. I had a feeling I should look around the room before I settle in. When I did there were... Read more
from Chocowinity, North Carolina
Submitted on 22-05-2016
Not on expense account and need to spend a night in NYC? This may be right for you! Good location - good roof deck for socializing - compact quarters. Clean with new furnishings. Sink in room, but toilet and showers down the hall which may not be acceptable to many people.
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Submitted on 24-05-2016
Rooms are relatively clean but tiny. Sink is airplane style. Corridors are dark lit, narrow and a bit creepy. Rooms are pretty close together, so you will be able to hear the doors of your neighbors bang shut. The beds I had, both upper bunk and lower bunk, both squeak like no tomorrow with the slightest movement. It's May and they turned off Central Heating so I asked for another blanket. Good thing it was warmer the second day.
from Mexico City, Mexico
Submitted on 06-06-2016
Went by myself and loved it, the price is just right for the kind of hotel in such a city. At first I was a little nervous about the bathroom thing, but got used to if pretty fast, the bathrooms are always clean and most of the time there's always one or two available. It was walking distance from the places I needed to be, and a couple of blocks from Central Park and Times Square. There's a deli just across the street, with good breakfast for a really good price.
from Berkeley, California
Submitted on 06-06-2016
I loved the room! Tiny but with all the essentials and properly cleaned daily!. Very clever design!!! Everything you need and nothing you don't. Clever details like recessed tp and kleenex; a moveable disk to let water out of the sink or keep it in; good light for reading. Easy wifi access. Personnel were friendly and helpful with wakeup calls, suggestions for airport access; even stored some meds that needed refrigeration. Cafe has really really good coffee!
from Memphis, Tennessee
Submitted on 07-06-2016
I stayed at the Pod 51 Hotel for 3 nights this past weekend. Located on east 51st St. near 3rd Avenue, it is within a block or two of two subway stations and within walking distance of St. Patrick's Cathedral, MOMA, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station, the New York Public Library, and the Morgan Library. A French bistro is just next door, a Thai restaurant two doors up, and a 24-hour Duane Reade drug store just a block or so away. Of course, this is an "economy" hotel, so I expected the mi... Read more
from
Submitted on 07-06-2016
Checked in at 1. Turned it down to the lowest setting on the thermostat. Came back at 6. 78 degrees. Went by front desk at 6:15 to complain. Got back at 11:00 in order to go to bed . Still 78. No solution available. Cheap but Don't stay here !!!!! Engineer says it was on the wrong setting but it has not cooled since he said he came by. 70 degrees outside. Cannot imagine in August
from Quincy, Ma
Submitted on 08-06-2016
We came into own from the Boston area to go see Hamilton (!!!!) and be a little touristy even though I'm from NY originally. My 10 year old daughter and I originally had a double bed with private bathroom room. We loved the decor and how cute and tiny the rooms are! We went out to our show and came back to a very gross hot room. It was midnight and we were ready to pass out. I called the front desk and they immediately set us up in another room with working AC. It was a larger, two double bed ro... Read more
from
Submitted on 18-06-2016
The rooms are very clean and modern. You have all the necessities you need. The location in Midtown is perfect and at the same time it's very quiet. The lobby is nice and there's a terrace where you can sit.
from Hindhead, United Kingdom
Submitted on 18-06-2016
Good value considering it's central location. Easy to get to from JFK airport. Close to Metro station and walking distance to Rockefeller & Times Square. Modern, clean, comfortable, good facilities. Reliable fast WiFi. The rooms are compact but enough for a solo traveller. Shared bathroom not a problem - sink, towels & hairdryer provided in the room. The breakfast is basic cafe style but has good options. (bagels, oatmeal, parfait, coffee, juice, pastries etc)
from Wyoming, Delaware
Submitted on 18-06-2016
I stayed here with a little trepidation. I've not had the best of luck with hotels in NYC, but I was really pleasantly surprised. It's cool and comfortable. The range of folks staying there was very diverse. From families on vacation to business people, with a broad range of languages being spoken. The staff is very nice and welcoming. The rooms are exceptionally clean. it was really wonderful. The rooms are very small, which is fine. I stayed in a Queen Pod with it's own bathroom. The... Read more
from Nottingham
Submitted on 19-06-2016
I stayed here with my husband last week. Hotel is really nice, modern and clean. The staff are friendly. Very close to Subway stations, and easy to get to from JFK airport. Rooms are small, but it wasn't an issue for us. My husband is 5' 11" and his feet hung off the bed so it could be an issue for taller people. Bathroom is pretty much in the room, and our sliding door didn't shut properly to the toilet/shower. So be prepared for not much privacy when you use the bathroom! Good value compared... Read more
from Antwerpen, Belgium
Submitted on 20-06-2016
The Pod 51 Hotel is perfectly located to discover NYC. Rockefeller Plaza, 5th Avenue and St. Patricks Cathedral are only a couple of minutes away. Metro Stations are nearby and there's a shuttle service to JFK airport. The hotel itself was nice, contemporary and clean. The staff is friendly but nothing special. Especially the desk staff was very functional, but the concierge made up for this. I've never encountered such helpful and detailed assistance. The rooms were very small, the safe was... Read more
from Orange County, California
Submitted on 29-06-2016
I stayed one night before a flight out of the city. It is located in a very nice area and is pretty close to times square. The room was small but nice and comfortable. Bed was a single but was new and comfy. Small flat screen as well as a desk. Bathrooms were located in the hallways and did have showers in them and were single person use and very clean. There is a light in each room indicating what bathrooms are free and which are occupied. lobby is basic, but surrounding area is filled w... Read more
from Houston, Texas
Submitted on 01-07-2016
We book a small , bunk bedded room with shared bathroom. We loved it ... It was clean (room was cleaned an tide up every day ). Bathroom was cleaned couple of time per day .. Two thinks make this place like hidden gem : - price ~110 per night is unbeatable - location ..10 min walk to Times Square, 3 min to first metro station Terrace on top of hotel is story it self...Adorable place to have late inner or early breakfast Highly recommended for staying in NY. Note: there is regular size bed ... Read more
from Newtown, Pennsylvania
Submitted on 01-07-2016
Finding a place to stay in mid-town Manhattan that is affordable isn't easy. But Pod 51 is the exception to that statement. Our room had bunk beds and with a shared bathroom. I was hesitant about sharing the bath, but there were four on our floor so we never had to wait -- and they were always clean! The room itself was small but we didn't need anything more than that. We just wanted a place to sleep and shower. The rooms were clean and well supplied with towels and all that stuff. The staff wer... Read more
from Washington DC, District of Columbia
Submitted on 01-07-2016
I don't know if I simply had bad luck, but my floor was inhabited by a lot of loud young people who spoke loudly at all hours of the night, partied in the hallways after midnight, and smoked a bunch (and I do not mean cigarettes - to the point that it was choking as you walked down the hall). Add the fact that the air conditioner (window unit) is loud and functioning poorly (at near 90 degree heat when I was there), it was a sleepless experience for me. That being said, the management was resp... Read more
from Melbourne, Australia
Submitted on 02-07-2016
Stayed in room with bathroom it was compact but very well appointed with all requirements. Not good if you're sharing with somebody you don't know intimately as bathroom (both shower and toilet) has no privacy. Great bed, comfortable with good pillows and sheets.
from london
Submitted on 03-07-2016
Was slightly apprehensive about staying in a room without a private bathroom, but the system was great. I stayed for six nights and there was only one time in the morning I had to wait. There are lights in your room so you know when the restroom is being used. Overall the hotel is clean,there were towels every day, a good bed and comfy pillows. The wifi was great and there were spaces to relax. Yes the rooms are small but no one comes to NYC to stay in their room all the time. Lots of thoughtf... Read more
from Ballwin, Missouri
Submitted on 05-07-2016
OK, so Pod51 - all I can say is, good thing we're not large people. They don't call this "pod" for nothing! Very small room and even tinier bathroom. And the funny thing is, they told us upon check in that we had an upgrade! An upgrade from what? A closet?
from Bangkok, Thailand
Submitted on 06-07-2016
The hotel comes with good size and good facilities. All is function well. The bed is very comfortable. The bathroom is quite small, reminds me of plane cabin but anyway it really works. The location is very good. Easy to go around. There are convenient stores around and nice breakfast at an old bagel shop. Do not miss that. The staff were very helpful.
from Den Haag, Nederland
Submitted on 06-07-2016
For our first trip to NY we tried to find a not too expensive place on a prime location, and the Pod 51 hotel delivered just that. If you take into account that the room is more like a shoe box than a hotel room, it's well worth your stay. Staff very friendly, excellent tips from the concierge and lots within walking distance (2nd ave for dining, 5th ave for shopping, central park and lots of metro stops just around the corner). Rooms very well kept and it's even got a nice rooftop and walled te... Read more
from Singapore
Submitted on 08-07-2016
As a solo female, I didn't want to chance taking an airbnb room. This was a reasonable alternative in a very comfortable location in midtown. Worth considering, if your budget allows. Plenty of good restaurants nearby, making it easy to grab a bite.
from
Submitted on 09-07-2016
Location good close to Central Park within walking distance to Grand Central Station, Time Square, Roosevelt Tram Station and subway. This is good hotel for backpackers etc as rooms small but clean and shared bathroom was not convenient for family's etc. Staff very helpful and hotel has lovely rooftop garden and quiet garden by reception
from Austin, Texas
Submitted on 10-07-2016
If you are not in the market for a top tier New York hotel and don't mind cutting back on some amenities, this is a great place. Rooms are small, but clean with comfortable beds and good to excellent showers (varies by the room). There is a fine snack bar for breakfast and hors d'oeuvres, but don't be surprised about the nearly hostel style seating if you choose to eat downstairs. The real attraction is the location and easy access to restaurants down the street and around the corner and acces... Read more
from Edinburgh
Submitted on 10-07-2016
I ended up having to stay over in NYC st the last minute and didn't want to spend $500. Pod 51 was the answer. The front desk was sharp and being able to get an ironing board and iron at 11 at night was great. I was shown to a double room, it was clean, functional and had ample towels, hairdryer and storage space under the bed. Great if you want s cheap night in the city. The dark corridors spooked me a little but otherwise, great value.
from Chester, United Kingdom
Submitted on 11-07-2016
We stayed in the Pod 51 hotel for our second visit to New York. This hotel is in a great location at a great price. I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived at the hotel and saw our room. We have stayed in a similar (small room) hotel in London and Pod 51 is much bigger. We had chosen the bunk bed option (as it was cheaper). In the room there was a small desk and chair, a rack to hang your clothes up, a little sink with an area to put toiletries, a hook by the sink which was perfect for your t... Read more
from Durham, North Carolina
Submitted on 12-07-2016
A/C did not work, and they had to find an A/C from outside to make it work. Otherwise, pod with no bathroom is pretty standard. Service was okay. They give free wine if you book on their website, which wa pretyt nice
from London, United Kingdom
Submitted on 15-07-2016
We were in the Big Apple for a business visit but being a start-up, young(ish) and on a budget the amazing rates and locale attracted us. We were not disappointed. East 51st Street is a great base location. Close to Metro, Central Park and downtown. The rooms are Pods, small neat and basic, but not in a cheap or stingy way. They are just the job if you are travelling relatively light. Comfortable if small and while the showers for us were shared and in the adjacent landing, this never created a ... Read more
from Cleveland, Ohio
Submitted on 16-07-2016
During our five days long vacation/family visit in NYC, we stayed two nights in Pod 51. I booked the room (double bed with bathroom) for me and my husband about ten days before our trip. Due to unexpected and last moment changes in our plans, we needed an extra room for our daughter. Which, thanks to the very friendly and helpful hotel staff, wasn‚??t a problem. We even ended up to have two consecutive rooms. My family enjoyed the patio on the roof (great evening destination for relaxation and v... Read more
from
Submitted on 16-07-2016
If you are in Manhattan for a short time, this is the perfect accommodation. Clean, quiet, affordable. The bunk beds were comfy. The bathrooms clean, the system of lights in your room to inform you of bathroom occupancy efficient. I just need a clean place to shower and sleep, pod 51 delivers.
from Portland, Maine
Submitted on 17-07-2016
I would definitely stay at Pod 51 again. My room, a single with private bathroom, was comically small, but it had everything I needed: twin bed, desk and chair, closet nook, safe (a small safe sufficient for an iPad and wallet), sink and mirror, shower and toilet. The whole set up was efficient, modern, and clean. Pod 51 is also not very far from Grand Central Station and is right near Ess-a-Bagel. The hotel also had bagels from the shop available in the lobby lounge, as well as beer, wine, ... Read more
from Glasgow, United Kingdom
Submitted on 18-07-2016
Stayed in New York for a week and this was an ideal hotel for us. Room was on the small side and it did lack storage, but not an issue to keep our clothes in our suitcases. We opted for the private bathroom option and glad we did, as I didn't like the idea of sharing a bathroom with a number of other people on our floor. Pretty good location for walking to nearby attractions and lots of eating options close by too. Would definitely recommend if you don't mind the lack of space in your room.
from Jonkoping, Sweden
Submitted on 18-07-2016
If you have claustrophobic tendencies this is NOT for you. Though the room is well planned and clean. And hey, you are not i New York to stay in your room, are you? Easy and close access to subway and other transportation and within walking distance to most parts of the city.
from Cape Town
Submitted on 19-07-2016
I had a one night stop over in NY and for central NY, $125 seemed a good price. Its a pod concept hotel, ie VERY small rooms (bunks here) with shared bathrooms. The room (230) was clean BUT smelled v strongly of smoke despite this being a non smoking hotel. I guess i should have asked to be moved, but i'd come of a long flight and just wanted to relax. The aircon was very noisy but with no view and on the 2nd floor, had no choice but to leave it on. The common areas are great, strong free wifi a... Read more
from Oswestry, United Kingdom
Submitted on 19-07-2016
In a great location and the hotel has loads of character but the only suit bathroom was very small and the rooms are little basic but can't grumble at the price. There is a really lovely outdoor area which gives you the sights, sounds and smells of the real NYC.
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Submitted on 22-07-2016
Just returned home from this hotel. Lovely friendly staff who helped both me and my partner navigate the subway and transport back to JFK. stayed in the queen room with an en-suit, bathroom a little small but did the job for the two of us. Would deffinently recommend paying the extra for the en-suit. Lovely roof top garden with some really nice views of the city around you. Very good location on foot to times square, empire state building (taking the longest at about 30mins), top of the rock and... Read more
from Beirut, Lebanon
Submitted on 23-07-2016
This a very nice hotel. The room are very compacted but in a smart way. You feel in family. Clean with an efficient service It is situated in a very good area in the eastern side of middle uppertown Too close to the UN and not far from the 5th avenue Close to the hotel there is a big subway station The prices are good but But They are raising them..... All in all it is a good place
from
Submitted on 24-07-2016
The best feature is the roof garden. It is spectacular. Like a modern dorm room. Clean efficient. We stayed in a bunk bed room with shared bathrooms. Staff is helpful and parking is reduced (about $25/day cheaper with the hotel discount). The bathrooms are shower toilet combos. There are lots of activities very close including Rockefeller Plaza and others. They have individual rooms as well that are not much more expensive.
from Australia
Submitted on 24-07-2016
This is not a fancy hotel but it had everything we needed. Staff were friendly and assisted promptly with anything we needed. Daily room service and always a good night sleep. The studio room with ensuite is very large for NYC standards (we had a third person with us initially). We then moved to a double room with ensuite. It's considerably smaller and was a shock at first but we got used to it. It was very clean with excellent AC and wifi so that helped. Hotel has a cafe and a lovely rooftop. ... Read more
from London, United Kingdom
Submitted on 25-07-2016
It's a budget hotel so don't expect very much. The rooms are tiny, even by New York standards. I took one with an en suite bathroom, and had just enough space around the bed to stand and walk around. The sheets showed signs of wear and were even torn. It's ideal for students, and those who only plan to crash there. The one big upside is friendly staff and a great rooftop, especially in good weather.
from Washington DC, District of Columbia
Submitted on 25-07-2016
I got a bunker room for $150 which is quite a good deal in NYC. The place was clean with a modern touch in the decor. However, the room was 100 sq ft with a side writing table and sink only. The bathroom is shared and so was the tight shower space. It was more like a glorified dorm room. But I didn't seem to mind it that much since I was comfortable and the area relatively quiet and calm. This may be worthwhile if you know what to expect. BTW, the Thai restaurant 2 doors down was great es... Read more
from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Submitted on 25-07-2016
Pros- Good price, close to a lot, outside patio, wifi, clean, small cafe in hotel. Cons- very small, shower was so small I Could barely lift my arms up,no ice machines in hotel, no frig. So if you want a cold drink before bed your out of luck!
from Phoenix, Arizona
Submitted on 26-07-2016
We recently booked a 3 night stay here, but left after the first night. We really wanted to like it but it had a couple of fatal flaws. The location is really good and easy to get to with lots of good stuff going on around it. The staff is friendly and professional. The rooms are cute and fun as long as you know going into it that you're getting a tiny pod of a room. But it works and it's fine. The big problem for us was the air conditioner unit. Since it was very hot when we were here, w... Read more
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Submitted on 27-07-2016
It is a good option for travellers on a tight budget. You get a clean room in a calm, relaxed place, next to restaurants and diners working 24/7 and two blocks away from a subway station. The staff could be just a bit nicer, thougth. Besides, being a bit far from the heart of the city makes the "return trip" to the hotel a bit lonely at some parts of the journey, mainly at night.
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Submitted on 27-07-2016
I wanted an inexpensive night in NYC with my daughter. I chose this place because it seemed a little silly and not anything I would consider with my husband. Bunk beds and a shared bathroom. But it was really quite nice. Do not miss the nice rooftop and the garden area off the lobby. It was just what we needed after a long day walking the streets of NY. The bathrooms were clean, however, after a long hot day ... it would have been nice if they were air conditioned!!
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