#LaPresse: “Sleeping elsewhere: little happiness at Pod 39 | Stéphanie Morin “
Now, there are a few solutions for smart travelers willing to sacrifice some of their comfort: hotels in the Pod chain. The success of Pod 51 (in Midtown East) and Pod 39 (in Murray Hill) does not go away; Both often display full and a new Pod hotel must open in the spring in Brooklyn, in the Williamsburg neighborhood. In February, Washington DC will also host a Pod hotel.
The secret of this popularity? Prices, of course: the smaller rooms can be rented from US $ 80 per night, the largest can fly for as little as US $ 120 (plus taxes, always) in low season. A bargain for Manhattan. But as we discovered during a recent stay at the Pod 39, the success of these mini hotels is not just saving money.
Indeed, the Pod 39 is located close to tourist areas and major attractions. From here you can walk to Times Square, the Rockefeller Center, the MoMA. And the station of Grand Central Terminal.
Better, the hotel is trendy, in every sense of the word. First, wireless internet is free and the rooms have USB ports for recharging electronics. Secondly, the colorful and deliciously shifted decoration of the common spaces seems straight out of a manual of decoration for the use of hipsters . In the lounge, a ping-pong table unfolds in front of a Mexican-inspired mural. Lighting is provided by garlands of paper lanterns. The furniture is composed of large refectory tables, couches and striped ottomans. In the evening, a mixologist officiates behind the bar. In the morning, you can eat a bagel and a coffee for $ 4 all round. The place is convivial to wish.
On the 17th floor, the outdoor terrace offers an impressive view of the New York skyline
PHOTO ALAIN ROBERGE, THE PRESS
A magical view
At 17 e floors, the outdoor terrace also offers an impressive view of the New York skyline: the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building are visible. At the setting sun, it's magic!
But there is a catch and it is a size (literally): the rooms are tiny. The Pod 39 corresponds roughly to the New York interpretation of the Japanese capsule hotels. The size of the 366 rooms varies between 6 and 13 m 2 ; The claustrophobes could feel bad!
In order to keep the prices low, all the superfluous was evacuated; The rooms only contain the essentials, either a modular bed, some hangers, a flat screen TV. The bathroom? It is separated from the main room by a frosted glass sliding door. For privacy, look elsewhere! No coffee maker, minibar … or sometimes room to put a big suitcase. It must be slid under the bed, not without some contortions.
For those who want to sleep in and sleep in the hotel, these Lilliputian rooms can look like a hell on earth. Or recall a tomb, it is according to. But the traveler who intends to spend as little time as possible within four walls will find his happiness at the Pod 39. It is a jewel to the frankly deserved success where we would return without hesitation
The Pod 39 corresponds roughly to the New York interpretation of the Japanese capsule hotels. The 366 rooms vary in size from 6 to 13 m2; The claustrophobes could feel bad!
PHOTO ALAIN ROBERGE, THE PRESS
Price for one night: US $ 285 (taxes included) for a large room (Queen Pod) during the holiday season.
Location: in the Murray Hill neighborhood, close to many tourist attractions.
Services: free internet, adjacent restaurant (Salvation Taco), bar, terrace.
We like: prices, the splendid terrace.
We like less: the microscopic chambers.
A place to recommend for: young travelers or those who intend to spend a lot of time out of their room.