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.