Our Hotel in Midtown Manhattan
Like any well seasoned traveller would do, we searched for hotels in all possible corners of the web. We used Trivago, Expedia, Kayak, Laterooms, etc â€¦ you name it, we used it. Every so often I would find a really good hotel for a cheap price and think we should book this, but then leave it till the evening to find out it has been fully booked.
On two occasions I found a 4* hotel near Times Square on offer, but neglected to book it there and then, resulting in me missing out. We were running out of time and we had to book a hotel, when I came across the Pod hotel. It was pricey, yes, but the location of it alone was probably worth it.
I read the reviews and looked at pictures and even went on their website, thepodhotel.com. Unfortunately the hotel I had been looking at, the Pod 51 was fully booked for the time Jon and I were travelling. Fortunately though they had acquired another location in Midtown Manhattan and had just recently opened their doors in June â€“ The Pod 39. Again, I read the reviews and tried to get an impression of the hotel and came to the conclusion it was worth staying at this hotel.
The total came to just under Â£1,200 for 7 nights. But having the bestest husband in the world, meant he had an Expedia Hotel voucher for 10% off and passed it on to me. We paid just over Â£1,000 for 7 nights, which, considering where we were, was not bad. Not bad at all! As the hotel was still partially under construction, the Pod 39 did not yet offer breakfast, but did provide coffee and biscuits in the lobby, which I thought was a really nice gesture. Don’t let the “under construction” comment fool you though, the rooms were very quite, and even more so at night time. Surprising for a city that allegedly never sleeps!
The Pod 39 was located centrally enough at Lexington Avenue/39th street, with all the amenities you need dotted around the streets and avenues. The great thing about the hotel was probably its proximity to Grand Central Station, the subway and 42nd Street. Everything your heart desired, could be found on 42nd street.
At Grand Central Station, the subway offered the officially named “42nd Street Shuttle”, which is a shuttle service that connects Grand Central Station and Times Square under42nd Street. It is the shortest regular service in the system, running 0.8 miles (1.3 km) in officially one minute.
One of the many great things about the hotel was the rooftop bar. Yes, you heard right. Located pretty much in the middle of a bustling New York City was a Rooftop bar, surrounded by all the tall buildings and skyscrapers with amazing views of the Freedom Tower, Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. The only way to improve on the is, is by coming to the rooftop at sunrise and sunset â€¦ and see the Empire State Building switch on its lights.
The rooms of the hotel were tiny, at least as far as double rooms go. I mean literally tiny. As soon as you open the door, your pretty much in your bed. But considering the size of the bedroom, the bathroom was in comparison spacious and equipped with everything you need, complete with shampoo/shower gel, conditioner and body lotion packets. The entire room was well laid out and even had a table, a lamp, a chair, an open wardrobe with hangers and a safe. Let’s be honest, if you are visiting New York, you are very unlikely to be spending a lot of time in your room anyway. And at the end of a long day of discovering the city, all you’ll want to do anyway is get into bed and rest â€“ maybe before heading out again later to experience this amazing city at night!