Ratings based on 5,863 Verified Reviews

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4.1 out of 5
93% of guests recommend
4.5 Room cleanliness
4.1 Service & staff
3.8 Room comfort
4.2 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Students
by A verified traveler from Atlanta, GA

Very good hotel: good location and pricing.

Posted Aug 25, 2014
Pros: Nice location, not too noisy.
Cons: Staff attitude, AC in rooms.
Location: There are several good restaurants couple blocks away.
It has pretty small rooms and shared bathrooms, but totally worth the money for staying in downtown of Manhattan. Although when I tried to keep AC on, it did cool the air a little but was not able to reduce humidity, I had to keep window open at all time to have comfort environment.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Couples
by A verified traveler from Cambridge

An excellent base

Posted Aug 24, 2014
Pros: The snack bar in the lobby served good British-style tea and delicious bagels! We were also very impressed with the roof top terrace.
Cons: Lobby was being renovated which could be noisy at times. At least 1 lift was always broken which resulted in the working ones being packed with guests
Location: Seriously impressed with the location, many big attractions 5-10 mins walk away. Would also like to recommend the bar on the corner called Cornerstone
We were very happy with our stay. My husband and I travelled to New York for our honeymoon and just needed a base - a place to shower and sleep and this was perfect. We booked a double room with private bathroom. Be aware that the toilet and shower is only separated from the bedroom by glass panels so you need to be very comfortable with the person you're staying with! The room was small but we knew this was the case when we booked. We found there was still plenty of space to store our clothes and the purchases we made during the week. The d├ęcor is fresh and colourful, the beds were comfy and our rooms were cleaned to a high standard daily. We found the staff to be friendly and helpful. Overall, we were impressed with our stay especially considering the relatively low cost (Manhattan is not a cheap area!)
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Good location

Posted Aug 23, 2014
The hotel was in a great location close to subway and sights. The room was small but clean and tidy. The bathroom adequate. The wifi was patchy in the room but able to be accessed in the lobey. The staff were very friendly and helpful.
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Toronto

Good location, small & comfortable

Posted Aug 22, 2014
Pros: Location
Cons: We waited for the elevator for quite a while a few times
Location: 51st &3rd, close to shops on the 5th avenue . Easy access to subway
Close to the subway, only a short walk to 5th avenue. Clean but very small. The advertised double bed is positioned "sideway" in the room. The private shower is also very small. My son and I are both 6 foot and had problem bumping into each other in the room sometimes. The room are clean though and the staff do a good job.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Students
by A verified traveler from austin

Stayed at both Pod 51 and Yotel

Posted Aug 19, 2014
Pros: the price, the location
Stayed at both Pod 51 and Yotel this trip (had to stay an extra night due to weather, pod was cheaper). If I were to do it again, I'd just stay at the Pod unless I was with someone. The beds were more comfortable and it had everything I needed, plus it was closer to the subway. However, if I were with someone, a double/queen bed would have been nice as would a little more space- which I got when I was with a friend at the yotel.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Business Travelers
by A verified traveler from Prague

Posted Aug 18, 2014
nice friendly hotel, next to metro station, upper manhattan
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Students
by A verified traveler from Toronto, ON

Cute & Cozy

Posted Aug 18, 2014
Pros: I loved the location and the price of this hotel, the lobby and bar area we're really nice too. Also they food was pretty good.
Cons: I'm not really picky but there was not a single piece of art on the wall and no comforter on the bed, I really would have liked a cozy blanket.
Location: A short walk to 5th Ave, Rockefeller Center, Times square, there's subway access a block away. It's a great location!
When we arrived at the hotel it was under renovations but it looked really nice, especially the work they were in the midst of completing which was nice. When we initially walked into our room I was caught off guard by just how small the room actually was, I took a few pictures because I thought it was so funny, my husband and I had a lot off laughs over it. We had a room with a double bed and a bathroom so maybe having the bathroom took up some of our extra space, I don't know. We booked this hotel on an Expedia sale so I am aware I got a great value to be in midtown Manhattan, but if I paid the regular price I've seen it going for I would have been disappointed because I've stayed at some other boutique hotels in midtown Manhattan that provide a lot more luxury (and space) for very little extra cost. All in all I thought it was a nice hotel though, and we had a decent stay.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from NZ

Great hotel for the price for single travelers

Posted Aug 18, 2014
Pros: Proximity to 5th Avenue ... and walking distance to Times Square. Friendly staff, clean rooms. Great price for central location.
Cons: Please put baggage scales in the lobby, so guests can prepare themselves for flying out of NYC. This would be the icing on the cake from a great hotel
Location: Great shopping and sight seeing near by ... plus taxis, subway, etc. Great food stalls nearby.
Great hotel to stay in. Room was reasonably small, but this was perfect my short stay - and it was exactly how it was described online. Reception staff were friendly and helpful, so were cleaners. Only minor improvement recommended is for reception to have baggage scales, as a large percentage of guests would be flying out of NYC after their stay, and need to weigh bags after their epic NYC shopping adventures. Whilst there was no fridge in my room, I found that by cranking up the AC to maximum coolness, and putting my bottled water on the grill ... my drinks stayed drinks nice and cool !!! Reception staff also helped organize my airport shuttle, which was appreciated. Thank you POD 51 team for the great experience.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Safe neighbourhood, perfect mid town location

Posted Aug 16, 2014
Great service and a nice place to stay while in Manhattan. Close to MOMA and the transit system. Definitely recommend staying here for a weekend trip.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Melbourne, Australia

Cosy little stay

Posted Aug 15, 2014
Pod 51 is a great place to stay for around the $200/$250 per night budget. The room was clean, tidy and cosy, yes it is small but I was out exploring the city for the majority of the time so it didn't bother me at all. My only concern is that the AC isn't the best, you have to leave it on all day for the room to be cool but that doesn't last long. Also, the clear window where the shower is... Definitely needs to be frosted. I would highly recommend POD 51 to my friends traveling in New York.