Micro-hotel Trend Coming to Brooklyn, NY

BROOKLYN, NY—More “micro-hotels” are coming to the New York area, with BD Hotels and CB Developers set to debut Pod Brooklyn in the Williamsburg neighborhood in spring 2017.

Following the models of Pod 51 and Pod 39 in Manhattan, the new property will be constructed with modular guestrooms, built entirely in Poland and shipped here. Designed by Garrison Architects in collaboration with Vanessa Guilford, Pod Hotel’s design director, the pod rooms are interwoven with courtyards, rooftops and private event space.

Upon entry, there is a an open-air lobby with a glass ceiling where guests can opt for a traditional front-desk experience or self-check-in through iPads. A wraparound staircase will lead to a second-floor mezzanine, which provides a flexible work and lounge space offering small bites and coffee.

The 249 modular rooms, each about 100 sq. ft., will include queen and bunk bed configurations with built-in storage and high-tech amenities enabling content streaming on mobile devices. Additionally, oversized windows will overlook green spaces and public spaces to create a social college campus feel, according to the brand, but also include blackout and noise-blocking shades for solitude.

The hotel’s 10,000 sq. ft. of public space will include F&B venue Salvation Taco; private and public rooftops; and three courtyards—all connected by glass walkways with living walls spanning the length of the property. The sidewalk café on Metropolitan Ave., and the hotel’s main rooftop will also serve food and drinks from the restaurant, similar to the Salvation Taco at Pod 39. 

“We are introducing an entirely new category to Williamsburg with our first hotel outside of Manhattan in over 20 years,” said Richard Born. “We look forward to filling a gap in lodging within an area that has seen a surplus of luxury hotels. We expect Pod Brooklyn to attract the individual looking for affordable, stylish accommodations, allowing them to easily explore the destination and meet others in numerous communal environments.”