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The hotel's Murray Hill location is quiet and fairly convenient, if not terribly glamorous.
Pod 39 is on a fairly quiet one-way street (lots of cars but not much action beyond that). The nearby avenues have some shops and places to eat, while 39th Street is basically residential. The advantage: a quieter night's sleep.
The mostly residential neighborhoods of Gramercy and Murray Hill don't have the tourist crowds of Times Square or Midtown East (the latter is just a few blocks north). Bryant Park and the Morgan Library Museum are both within walking distance, as are many shops and restaurants of every ethnicity, not to mention a plethora of sports bars on Third Avenue. But for most visitors, the main draw is that it's a quiet, convenient place to stay, just removed from -- but not too far from -- Broadway theaters, restaurants and bars in the East Village, and the business-focused hub and high-end Fifth Avenue shopping of Midtown East.
The idea of the 366-room Pod 39 hotel is to offer very small rooms (even by New York City standards, a city notorious for small hotels rooms) for low prices (again, by New York City standards). Rooms range from 55 to 140 square feet, and prices start at $119 per night. The smallest rooms, or pods, only fit one person, but all have private bathrooms and smart design touches, like storage under the bed, train-inspired coat hooks, double flat-screen TVs for guests in bunk beds, and both outlets and a "cell phone" close to the pillows. There are three seriously cool -- and colorful -- public spaces: an upscale Mexican restaurant, a rooftop bar with unique architecture, and a hangout space called the Playroom. The hotel keeps prices low by cutting back on amenities and services, but it's a great option for anyone who wants a low price tag without sacrificing cleanliness, comfort, and style.
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