For lovers of design and comfort at a low price: a third Pod hotel recently opened in Manhattan. After the Pod 39 and Pod 51, now Times Square has his own.
Located in the 42th at the corner of 9th Avenue, 600m exactly Times Square and less than 1 km from Madison Square Garden, in many theaters or the wax museum, this latest addition to the Pod Hotel chain is the most central of the lot. Just further (and still within walking distance) are the Empire State Building, the Rockefeller Center, and Grand Central Station. Difficult to be more in the heart of the action, when we know that the neighborhood is one of the most visited in the world and that there spend hundreds of thousands of people daily.
In this respect, this address is a real haven of peace. Inside, no sound of a horn, no crowd. On the other hand, one finds there the colorful signature of the Pods, as well as a staff frankly to the endorsement.
Built on 28 floors, the hotel has 665 rooms. It is, to date, the largest of all Pods. In the long term (it is still under construction), there will be even a novelty: 45 suites and a sports center for longer stays.
We enter through a large glass entrance, climbing into an elevator (still glazed), to land at the third hall, where we welcome a colorful fresco of a Brooklyn artist (JM Rizzi). Here, we promise, will be – in the summer – a tiki bar up to date. Meanwhile, the terrace, with breathtaking views of the city, is already very promising.
Strangely, it’s like being here aboard a boat. If the rooms already had (at Pods 39 and 51) the appearance of cabins, this new address pushes the note even further up the floors, with narrow corridors and metal doors as a bonus.
As in other establishments too, everything is thought here to maximize space (small, even according to New York standards). Claustrophobic, refrain: the rooms are barely more than 10 m 2. Better to travel light, although the space remains surprisingly well laid out: the bed is thought to slip its suitcases; on the wall, several hooks for coats and other jackets; the bathroom, with frosted walls, gives an illusion of grandeur; not to mention the floor-to-ceiling window, with views of the skyline (and skyscrapers). In some rooms, the beds are bunk and the toilet is squarely in the same space as the shower.
A small table, equipped with connections of all kinds (HDMI, Bluetooth, USB), will delight business travelers.
A few flaws, all the same: during our visit, two months after the opening, the work of the hotel was obviously not completed yet. Tests elevators have reminded us (moderately funny, when one is 14th ). We had to deal with a (mini) sink clogged, and very little hot water on waking. It must be said that when the room is microscopic, the slightest hitch becomes cumbersome. Fortunately, the staff promised to fix the situation quickly.
Since November, Brooklyn also has its Pod, in the trendy district that is now Williamsburg. With the same signature design, colorful interior and chain-accurate micro-chambers, this Pod is conveniently located just steps from a subway station (Bedford), which will take you to the heart of Manhattan in 15 minutes. The big plus: here, you will not worry about parking: the hotel has one, and it is – relatively – easy to park on the street.
Price paid for one night
US $150 (taxes included). Be careful, the prices vary enormously here according to the days and the seasons.
Corner of 42th Street and 9th Avenue, two blocks from Times Square, Central Station, subway, and highway. Several parking lots (very expensive) around.
Free Internet, restaurants to come (this summer, we promise).
Design, attention to detail, where everything is designed to maximize space.
We like less
The lack of accessories. A soap dish and a small fridge in the room would not hurt.
A place to recommend for …
Tourists looking for a clean, well-looking and functional space to sleep, point, without drags in the room.
Manhattan Pod, 400 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036