NEW YORK—Micro-hotel brand The Pod Hotels revealed that its 45 “Pod Pads” are now available, providing a new extended-stay option for guests. The micro-apartments are located on the top floors of Pod Times Square, the brand’s new flagship property located on the corner of 42nd st. and 9th Ave.
Pod Times Square is the fifth asset in the Pod Hotel collection following the Pod 51 and Pod 39; Pod BK, the first property in an outer-borough; and Pod DC, the first property outside of New York City. The brand also recently broke ground on Pod Philly, located on the corner of 19th and Ludlow St. in Philadelphia’s Center City. The D.C. and Philadelphia properties are operated by Modus Hotels, a Washington, D.C. lifestyle hotel group.
The Pod Hotels’ Pod Pads are living suites varying from 600-800 sq. ft., designed for those interested in extended-stay options or even long-term leases. Guests can pay by credit card with no fee, and receive priority access to The Polynesian, the property’s tiki-themed bar that opened in May by Major Food Group. This is in addition to all the perks one can expect from a Pod Hotel: communal spaces and events, bar and full-service restaurant, housekeeping, cable and WiFi, and downstairs concierge.
With rates starting at $4,000 per month, Pod Pads can be booked directly through The Pod Hotels website for up to four months; for longer stays, guests can contact the hotel. There are three layouts—one bedroom, one bath; small two bedroom, two bath; and large two bedroom, two bath—with a kitchen and living room in each unit. The design concept for the Pod Pads is mid-century modern and has walnut flooring, Maharam living room rugs, and Kitchen Aid appliances. Decor is classic and sophisticated, with pops of bright colors. Each unit has floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize light and showcase the city’s surroundings. Exclusively available for Pod Pad tenants, the property will have two floors of amenities, including a fitness center and indoor/outdoor guest lounge on the top floor views of the city’s West Side and Hudson River.
True to its flagship status, Pod Times Square has 665 rooms across 28 floors—in addition to the 45 Pod Pads—which include queen and bunk bed configurations averaging around 115 sq. ft. each, with features like built-in storage and high-tech amenities allowing guests to stream media content from smartphones or other devices. Pod Times Square is proximate to the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, which offers dining options, as well as trendy bars and nightlife.