When I got an email saying I was on the verge of having six hotel nights erased that I’d accumulated in a rewards program, I figured I’d do a “mattress run” so that I wouldn’t miss out on earning a free night after 10 stays. And people are always looking for places to stay in NYC where I live, so I was hoping maybe I’d find somewhere I could recommend.
I lucked up with Pod Times Square Hotel, rated 4.5/5, for a pocketbook-friendly (by New York City standards) $118, plus a $10.89 DAILY resort fee; located on 42nd Street at Ninth Avenue, a block from Port Authority, near the heart of Times Square/Broadway, with access to the majority of NYC subway lines: 1/2/3/7/A/C/E/N/R/Q/W/S.
It was meant to be a solo stay, but Tom suffers from acute FOMO so when I told him what I was doing, he was like, “Nah, I’m coming!” We were pleasantly surprised. The soundproofed room was like a cabin on a ship and a compact 150 square feet. (Tom said the hallways had the feel of a high-tech penal facility.
The bunk pod is a private room with an en suite bath. Nothing against hostels, but I’m a light sleeper so a shared or multi-bed dorm room is a no-go for me.
Our room was on the 18th floor; we could see the Hudson River and the Javits Center. From the hotel terrace — also quite nice — we could see more of the Manhattan skyline.
The bunk beds, which each had a TV (though we didn’t watch), were very comfortable. And the soundproofing was very effective except for the loudest of New York City noises.
I picked the bunk pod because it was the least expensive but they also have queen pods and apartments.
Pod Times Square offers free walking tours and has a concierge desk. And being in Hell’s Kitchen, there’s access to TONS of restaurants. (I can highly recommend Chimichurri Grill, China Xiang and Pure Thai Cookhouse.) The hotel has a restaurant/bar and a nice terrace; we had only some pastries ($3 each) and coffee ($2) for breakfast.
We did dinner and a show to make a real night on the town. “The Play That Goes Wrong” is so good (and discounted tickets are available) and since it was a pleasant, warm night Times Square was POPPIN’.
There was one little hiccup; a clogged sink drain. It was a little bit disappointing because we got back to the room late, too late to wait for a technician to come up and fix it. But I contacted a manager about it and she refunded the resort fee and offered a discount on a future stay.
So even with the sink issue, I would highly recommend the Pod Times Square Hotel for a short stay or a longer one if you’re traveling solo.