The Pod Hotel NYC

, New York City, United States
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The Pod Hotel NYC

, New York City
2 star

Rooms: 340

230 East 51st Street - New York City - New York - 10022 - United States Hotel Website | | 2123550300
2571 Traveller

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9/10
Great Budget Hotel
Submitted by: Bradley in 11/08/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
The Pickwick Arms Hotel is a great budget hotel. It was extremely clean, and the rooms are more than adequate for the single traveller. The beds are comfortable and provide all that is needed for overnight stays in New York. Five nights were spent at the hotel, all of them very comfortably (from July 28-August 2). Was there during the heat wave, and it provided necessary respite. The hotel staff was very helpful and informative about New York and readily answered all of my questions. Overall, a very good experience and would stay there in a flash again.
7/10
Awesome
Submitted by: Tom Harris in 19/03/06
  • Age Group: Under 18
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Adventurer
This hotel is the most simple hotel, probably in manhattan. But dont let this spoil it. I've come back from it today and it was awesome. They have a roof terrace from stairs b! and the give better sights than from the empire state building! The person who said its dusty and noisey because of building work is wrong. I went when they where working and you dont notice it ecause they do it a floor at a time so there never near where you are staying. I highly recommend this hotel. The area is perfect and the garden green deli is close, which is awesome.
1/10
A thoroughly unpleasant experience as...
Submitted by: John in 05/12/05
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Retired
There are considerable building works going on at this hotel making it noisy and dusty. The staff is rude and unhelpful. Save your dollars and sleep at a bus station; it's quieter and the staff are a great deal more helpful!
5/10
Bare-bones but inexpensive, and excellent location
Submitted by: Vern Mcgee in 20/05/05
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
The Pickwick Arms is a bare-bones hotel in a fantastic location. The rooms are tiny, the TV sets old, no Internet -- but it is very clean and well-run. The least expensive rooms have communal bathrooms -- not recommended. Otherwise it's a fantastic bargain for those who when in Manhattan would spend their money on something other than a hotel room.

Historical Traveller Reviews of The Pod Hotel NYC

Too Small for the Price Paid

from A TripAdvisor Member
The room was too small for the price I paid ($ 114 + tax per night PER PERSON!). I went there together with my boyfriend, so we ended up paying about $250!!! The room was clean with just barely functional amenities. Anyway, it's VERY VERY small, with a TINY bed. I'm 5 feet 4 inches, so it wasn't too terrible for me to sleep in a kiddie-size bed, but my boyfriend were not at all comfortable sleeping in his. We are so NOT going to stay there again.

Unbelievably Rude Customer Service; Unexpected phone charges

from A TripAdvisor Member
My expectation when picking up a phone to make a toll-free call is that it will indeed be toll-free. Unfortunately, the Pickwick Arms has redefined toll-free in their small corner of the world to mean just the opposite.

During my stay, I used a 1-800 number associated with a calling card (as I have done countless times in hotels across the country w/o charge) only to find that this time I was charged a significant amount for these calls when I checked out. (Pickwick Arms admits there is no cost to them for these calls; it's all profit... just no principle.)

In my attempt to explain to a manager that I considered these charges unexpected and therefore disappointing, he behaved unbelievably rude by cutting me off repeatedly.

So, I can only suggest that you watch out for unexpected costs at this hotel and pray you never have an issue where you need responsive, mature customer service.

Simple and solid

from Marcil1
Quite inexpensive (in mid-summer). Clean; attentive staff. Single rooms are quite small, which should be of no concern to a visitor who spends no time in a hotel room. Sound from the halls can occasionnally be heard (e.g. doors closing) but during my 3 night stay, my neighbours were all well behaved.

Great, low-cost option

from A TripAdvisor Member
I've stayed at this hotel as a single woman and I think it's terrific if you're looking for a clean, safe, basic, low cost place to stay in New York. Possible downsides for some: minimal service, small, dingy-ish rooms with threadbare carpet and drapes. But you get what you pay for. This hotel is a good bargain and perfectly acceptable.

Quite a nice choice

from A TripAdvisor Member
It is a quite nice place to stay in. We think it is situated well and it is a good choice.

Loved it!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I was in New York for 5 days from the 15-19th May 2004 and stayed at Pickwick Arms Hotel for 4 nights. I had mixed feelings when reading the reviews, especially as I have to share a bathroom. I paid about $70 a night, and what a bargain!!! The location is great and the room although small, is very clean. Communal bathrooms are clean and spotless. I never had to queue to use them. Apart from the occasional false fire alarms (sometimes 3 times a night), Pickwick Arms Hotel is a gem!!

Pick the Pickwick

from A TripAdvisor Member
I will start by saying that I was scared of the whole shared bathroom concept. I had never stayed in a hotel with shared bathrooms before. I had to stay here as I could not get a room for under $400 the weekend I was there (3 major events going on)...I got the 2 rooms to a bathroom share for $84 a night. I dont know what some of these other readers were expecting but I was thoroughly surprised by the hotel. The room was clean and tidy, the bathroom was also very clean. The staff was nice but efficient. The room was small but I expected that. The best thing about the property was the location and rooftop deck. There are many restaurants and clubs within a few blocks and the rooftop garden is really cool. I recommend this hotel for those on a budget and are traveling solo.

Never again!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I just returned from a four night stay at this miserable, rundown hotel, and the only decent thing I can say about it is the location. My room was so small that there was barely enough room the single twin bed. The bathroom was dirty, with old chipped tiles, and the heating system was inadequate. Oh, I cant't end without mentioning the rude, indifferent staff, who actually threatened to call security because of my inability to get decent customer service and have my concerns addressed. I checked out of the hotel without spending a full night there, and happily so. The other members of my group who stayed said it was the worst hotel they had stayed in--even worse than a run-of-the-mill cheap chain motel!

nice and small

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at the Pickwick last week, and it was cozy, clean, but small.
The management was friendly and helpful, and it was very close to alot of great tourist sites. Like I said the room was small, so if you are shopping alot it may be the wrong place to stay, but I was alone and did not shop much, so it was perfect.

Love the Pickwick Arms

from A TripAdvisor Member
I was fortunaye enough to have found this hotel hideaway, many years ago by accident. I would never stay anywhere else now when in Manhattan. Prices are extremly reasonable. The Arms is in a perfect east side location. A really nice neighborhood, with alot of attractions close by. The lobby and employees are helpful and friendly. I like the sense of security here. Rooms are a bit drab, but certainly suitable and clean. Rooftop Garden is also very nice...... A nice Hotel. Only complaint..No ice machines!!! Sally Rodenhiser...

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  • Address: 230 East 51st Street - New York City - New York - 10022 - United States
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