NEW YORK—Pod Hotels is set to open its flagship property right in the center of Times Square this fall. A BD Hotels property—The Mercer, The Marlton, The Bowery, The Maritime and The Greenwich—Pod Times Square becomes the fifth asset in the Pod Hotel collection. It follows the opening of Pod 51 and Pod 39; Pod BK, the brand’s first property in an outer borough; and Pod DC, the brand’s first property outside of New York City.
Located on the corner of 42nd St. and 9th Ave., Pod Times Square will expand on the micro-hotel concept, offering 45 Pod Pads—living suites varying from 600-800 sq. ft., available with extended-stay options or long-term leases, a first for the Pod Hotels brand. Exclusively available for Pod Pad tenants, there will be a fitness center and guest lounge on the top floor with views of the city’s West Side and Hudson River.
Upon entry through a 60-ft.-tall vestibule made entirely of glass, there will be a glass-enclosed elevator with murals by Brooklyn native James Rizzi, an American pop artist responsible for the idea of 3D multiples.
Cocktails and cuisine will be served in either of the hotel’s two Major Food Group concepts: a new Tiki Bar that will be located in the third floor lobby, with outdoor space overlooking Times Square, as well as Parm, the group’s casual Italian-American restaurant—this will be the sixth location—located in the hotel’s ground floor space.
Across 28 floors, 665 rooms—in addition to the 45 Pod Pads—each about 115 sq. ft., will include queen and bunk bed configurations with built-in storage and high-tech amenities enabling the streaming of media content from smartphones or other devices.
“After 10 years of overwhelming success, we are excited to finally create the biggest pod ever,” said Richard Born of BD Hotels. “It’s an honor to continue as a leader in the micro-hotel industry by implementing our newest concept, Pod Pads. The goal of these pads is to offer ‘plug-and-play’ living spaces for those looking for a more convenient way to live and travel.”