4.3 out of 5

"First, but certainly won’t be the last time I stay at Pod 39. The location was ideal. The staff was pleasant, which provided for an easy check-in and ... " More

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Hotel Description

A family-friendly stay in the heart of New York awaits you at Pod 39. Within just a 10-minute stroll, you'll find popular attractions like Chrysler Building and Grand Central Terminal. Highlights at this hotel include in-room free WiFi, free Internet, and LCD TVs.

Cable TV, free local calls, and safes are featured in all 366 rooms. Premium linens invite a comfortable night's sleep, and you'll find nice touches like rainfall showerheads and designer toiletries. Hair dryers and desks are also available.

The restaurant, Salvation Taco, serves international cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Rooftop Bar and Lounge is the hotel's own rooftop bar, serving drinks along with dinner and light fare. Added amenities include free WiFi in public areas and a coffee shop/café. Full breakfast is available daily between 7 AM and 11 AM. There's also valet parking, along with the convenience of airport pick-up service.

Within a 15-minute walk of this 3-star Midtown hotel, attractions include New York Public Library and Empire State Building.

Double Pod

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$102 per night

Single Pod

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Bunk Pod

Bed Count room.options.bedSize.BunkBed.Singular Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Queen Pod

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Mini Bunk Pod

Bed Count room.options.bedSize.BunkBed.Singular Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Pod 39 ratings based on 30 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.3 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0
5 out of 5

First Pod Experience

First, but certainly won’t be the last time I stay at Pod 39. The location was ideal. The staff was pleasant, which provided for an easy check-in and check-out experience.

Posted by , from maryland on Mar 4, 2018

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2 out of 5

loud, cramped, stinky

Pros: Location and staff
Cons: smell
Location: NYPL, Grand Central, Empire State Building
First of all, I was not expecting the bars on the lower level and roof to be so busy. This hotel is probably for a young 20s set. It's loud. You can hear every person talking in your hallway. There were a lot of "bro" type guys in the bars and it was kind of a hook-up type of scene. My room was clean and the bed was comfortable enough, but the room had a really unpleasant mildew smell. It's also very cramped, which I expected, but I would not recommend staying here with more than one person. To put it this way: don't stay here with someone if you are not comfortable watching them go to the bathroom - and I mean literally sitting on the toilet - not to mention showering etc. My bathroom had a glass door that had about a three foot line of frosted glass across the center. The good news is that the location is fantastic - a few blocks from Grand Central and the NY Public Library and easily walkable, or easy to get a cab or ride service like Lyft or Uber. The staff is also very nice and helpful.

Posted by , from El Paso, TX on Aug 19, 2017

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4 out of 5

Inexpensive, stylish hotel

Pros: Stylish, easy location, inexpensive
Location: The hotel is near the UN, close to the subway and the garment district. The NY Public Library main branch is beautiful. It sits on Bryant Park.
This is a hotel I return to when I work in New York for short visits. The room is tiny by design, and that's how they keep prices low. It would only be comfortable for one guest -- I would not recommend having two people in a room. My biggest issue with the hotel is that they have a huge wooden frame around the bed. When you walk out of the bathroom, it's easy to forget that the bed is just one step away. After each stay, I walk away with an enormous bruise on my kneecap from walking right into this huge bed frame.

Posted by , from Bethesda, MD on Apr 27, 2017

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5 out of 5

Great spot in NYC!

Great place! Great staff! Great rooftop bar! Great food in their restaurant Salvation Taco. We will be back!

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017

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5 out of 5

Great for NYC

This is maybe my third stay at Pod 39. It is in a great Murrayhill location, with easy walking in Midtown and even over to the West side for shows. It also is very close to Grand Central Station. The hotel is connected to Salvation Taco which is a really good restaurant. And the rooftop bar area is just beautiful. This has become my go-to hotel for a weekend trip to New York. The price usually is better than other places as well. If you don't mind the compact space, it's perfect.

Posted by , from District of Columbia on Apr 13, 2017

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5 out of 5

Excellent Choice

A well situated hotel near my client. Nice sized room. Quiet. Great price.

Posted by , from MA on Apr 1, 2017

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3 out of 5

Getting up to your room is a problem!

Pros: The location is good and the rooms are clean and good for one person.
Cons: They need a separate elevator for the patrons of the hotel. The crowds going to the rooftop bar are bad and the wait is long.
Location: Nice location.
All the people going to the rooftop bar use the same elevators as the people staying at the hotel. The crowds are so bad that you can't get up to the rooms without a long wait. One of the elevators got stuck with and the firemen had to be called to lift them out.

Posted by , from Minneapolis on Jul 19, 2016

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5 out of 5

New York City Experience

Pros: Cleanliness, friendly staff, location, cost.
Cons: The only complaint that I had was that the wall/sliding door of the restroom could be frosted a darker color for more privacy, at least half way up.
Location: Chrysler Building, Grand Central Station, NY Public Library, Times Square, Empire State Bldg, and lots of restuarants on every block.
My daughter and I have made several trips to NYC and we've always ended up having to rent in Brooklyn. We don't particularly care for Brooklyn, but that was the cheapest we could get in cost. Until I found Pod 39! We've stayed there twice now and we absolutely love it. It's very clean, comfortable, affordable, and very close to all of our favorite locations. I have recommended it to friends and family, and I will continue to do so. I love Pod 39!!

Posted by , from Washington DC on Jul 8, 2016

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5 out of 5

Close to Grand Central. Awesome Roof

Room very clean. AC excellent. Shower is a waterfall.

Posted by , from Texas on Jun 15, 2016

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5 out of 5

Very clean and very well located

Amazing rooftop and great service all around. Price was right for the room size.

Posted by on May 10, 2016

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Property Features

There's a restaurant on site, as well as a coffee shop/café. You can unwind with a drink at one of the 3 bars/lounges. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. A shuttle from the airport to the hotel (available 24 hours) is available for a fee. A library, a terrace, and tour/ticket assistance are also featured at the family-friendly Pod 39. The hotel can provide concierge services and limo/town car service. For a fee, parking is available. A complete renovation of Pod 39 was completed in July 2012. This 3-star New York hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 366 guestrooms or units
  • 17 levels
  • 3 bars or lounges
  • Built in 1918
  • Dining venue
  • Coffee shop
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Car service
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Game room or arcade
  • Library
  • Terrace
  • Computer for guest use
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Television in lobby
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Arcade/game room


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Self parking (surcharge) , Valet parking (surcharge) , Offsite parking discounted rates available


  • Airport: New York, NY (JFK-John F. Kennedy Intl.) (26.1 km / 16.2 mi)
  • Train station: New York Grand Central Terminal Station (0.8 km / 0.5 mi)
  • Metro station: Grand Central - 42 St. Station (0.4 km / 0.3 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport pick-up
  • Parking: Valet parking and self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Pod 39 offers 366 air-conditioned accommodations with laptop-compatible safes and designer toiletries. Beds feature premium bedding. LCD televisions come with premium cable channels. Bathrooms include showers with rainfall showerheads, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Hypo-allergenic bedding and irons/ironing boards can be requested. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • HD television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Luxury bedding
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Shower
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Laptop safe
  • Designer toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy full breakfast daily from 7 AM to 11 AM.

Salvation Taco - This restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and light fare. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Happy hour is offered.

Rooftop Bar and Lounge - This rooftop bar specializes in international cuisine and serves dinner and light fare. Happy hour is offered.


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Special check-in instructions:

24-hour airport shuttle service is available on request. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • Pets: USD 25.00 per pet, per night, plus a deposit of USD 25.00 per night
  • Maximum 1 per room (weight limit: 15 lb)
  • Certain rooms only, restrictions apply
  • You can request a pet-friendly room by reaching out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

  • Noise-free rooms not guaranteed
  • Service animals exempt from fees/restrictions
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: USD 20.00 per night

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 4 and USD 15 per person (approximately)
  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 25.00 per person
  • Self parking fee: USD 35 per day
  • Valet parking fee: USD 60 per day
  • Nearby parking fee: USD 55.00 per 24 hours
  • Pet deposit: USD 25.00 per night
  • Pet fee: USD 25.00 per pet, per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

You should know

  • Please note that this property can refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, which include pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • Guests may experience noise disturbance due to nearby construction work.
  • Pets are welcome in certain rooms only; other restrictions apply (please see the Fees section for related charges). To make arrangements for your pet, contact the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation.