Pod 39

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Pod 39
Photograph: Courtesy Annie Schlechter

The city’s second Pod occupies a 1918 residential hotel for single men—the space that was once the gentlemen’s sitting room is being reinvented as the Great Room, opening in early 2013, which will feature a fireplace, projection wall and ping-pong table. As the name suggests, rooms are snug, but not oppressively so; some have queen-size beds with room underneath to stash your luggage; others feature stainless-steel bunk beds with individual TVs and bedside shelves inspired by airplane storage. However, you should probably know your roommate well since the utilitarian, subway-tiled bathrooms are partitioned off with sliding frosted-glass doors. Travel-friendly, soft-packaged Fix products by NYC spa Red Flower match the functional aesthetic. Restaurant dream team April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman is behind the on-site taqueria and bar, Salvation Taco, and the roof terrace has a full-frontal Empire State Building view.


Venue name: Pod 39
Address: 145 E 39th St
New York
Cross street: between Lexington and Third Aves
Transport: Subway: 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St–Grand Central
Price: $119–$235 double. AmEx, DC, MC, V
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Hannah D

The hotel's minimalist design is evident in the rooms, many of which have space-saving bunkbeds (each with its own TV, which can easily lead to a volume battle if your bunkmate isn't watching the same channel). Make sure you're staying here with a comfortable acquaintance...the compact rooms don't provide a whole lot of privacy. In the shower, frosted glass is the only thing between you and your roomie, and noise travels a bit too easily through the thin walls. What the hotel lacks in luxury though, it makes up for with the fun food and drink options. Downstairs, you can dine at Salvation Taco, a funky spot serving riffs on typical tortillas and fillings, and connected is the Playroom & Bar where you can hop into a private ping pong room or face off in board games while sipping a signature margarita, rimmed with chile salt. Make sure to check out the hotel's rooftop bar, which is one of the prettiest I've been to in the city.

Deepal P

Rooftop at Pod39 is a great summer time spot. Although it gets a bit crowded during happy hour but nonetheless - a great, chilled out place to enjoy city views, have a cocktail with coworkers or friends. Also it's a bit small and the bar outdoors gets pretty crowded as well - make sure you have patience when ordering your drinks. It's also nice for a small, intimate events as well for about 30-40 people. Pod 39's rooftop makes you feel like you're hanging out on someone's patio though 30 floors in the air. Not to mention Salvation Taco's food is a fun dinner spot as well.