The two-and-a-half-pearl Pod Times Square is a huge, budget-friendly hotel that’s marketed to travelers who don’t mind staying in tiny spaces to save money. However, it’s a far cry from the capsule hotels associated with urban Japan, and while the 665 rooms here certainly are Lilliputian, they are big enough to walk around in and all come with en-suite bathrooms with rainfall showers. The amenities here aren’t half bad either, with an on-site tiki bar, The Polynesian, offering all sorts of snacks and cocktails, plus a small fitness center, an outdoor deck (that’s sometimes locked), free Wi-Fi, and coin-operated laundry facilities. Travelers shopping around may want to also consider the YOTEL New York, located two blocks away. Still another, slightly funkier alternative to Pod Times Square is Pod 39, a sister property near Grand Central.
France Louvre is an old-fashioned, no-frills budget option on world-famous Rue de Rivoli, a five-minute walk from the Hotel de Ville and in Le Marais. The location is a dream for shoppers (BHV is three minutes away by foot), foodies, and aesthetes, as the historic district is brimming with trendy boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries. The small rooms are in need of a renovation, but all have flat-screen TVs, safes, and free coffee, tea, water, and galettes. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel and a buffet breakfast with croissants, ham, cheese, eggs, and yogurt can be added to the rates. Le Relais du Marais is another value hotel in the area — it’s worth comparing rates.