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Finding a good deal on a room can be stressful enough—but when all you need is to duck into the hotel lobby to fire off a string of emails, or upload photos onto Flickr, or write up a hotel story, (as is often the case with us), the last thing you want to feel is rushed. Here are a few trusty hotspots we like to keep on our radar when roaming the Big Apple, looking for a chilled-out place to turn into our office for a quick hour or two:
1. Indigo Chelsea: Our buddies at Indigo Chelsea like to keep things simple in their ground-floor lobby on 28th St. They even did away (for the most part) with those floppy white plastic tubes that had us all scratching our heads for a while.
But with a new dining concept (Blu) that replaced the previous Bice Italian restaurant last year, and free WiFi all over the hotel, this midtown gem is a clean, friendly, reliable place you can go and get a bit of work done for a while. Which we do often, with a side of sweet potato fries ($8) to keep our appetite at bay.
We found rooms for tomorrow night for just $85 a night. Yes, that's for a bunk bed but guess what? All the room categories at the hotel, including the queen bed category, are going for a special sample rate of $85 this month.
That's because the hotel hasn't quite finished up its construction so as a concession to guests willing to put up with "light construction work, intermittent or no access to internet or cable television" and no restaurant or bar service, rates are super, super cheap.
While we do prefer our hotel stays to have all their amenities and services at the ready, we can't turn away from an $85 room rate. Will you?
Have you stayed or are about to stay at the Pod 39 Hotel? Let us know how it went!
[Photo: Pod 39 Hotel]
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When we first reported about the opening of NYC's second Pod Hotel, we were mostly excited about the fact that all the rooms would have their own private bathrooms. Same tiny capsule rooms as ever, but this time, no shared bathrooms. Phew!
Yesterday, the NY Times decided to pick up on the trend of "tiny but luxurious" hotels, focusing mainly on the new Pod39 and its abundance of communal space, both in the lobby and up on the colonnaded roof. But what caught our eye was a quote from Pod Managing Director David Bernstein, confirming that what guests love about the compact rooms isn't just the size: it's actually the bunk beds.
Go figure. People show up in NYC and pay $150-$200, only to pretend it's sleepaway camp all over again!
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And one of the things we're most excited about this second-edition, updated Pod is that this time, all the rooms will have private bathrooms. Queen pods, odd pods, single pods—and yes, even bunk pods (shown above).
Which is only fair. With all the socializing embodied in the Pod culture (let's not forget the rooftop space, taco bar in the lobby, and video/photo "screening wall"), it's only right that guests, whether they're backpacking from Europe or in town on a conference, should be entitled to a little privacy in the bathroom. Added features like this (and starting rates of $119/night) will soon be giving Yotel a run for its money.
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We told you way back in August that The Pod Hotel would be opening their second NYC location in the Summer of 2012 and amazingly, the Pod is staying true to their word, having just announced a June opening date for Pod No. 2.
Fortunately, this Pod won't be called Pod No. 2 but rather Pod 39 after the hotel's location on 39th Street in the Murray Hill nabe. And unlike the original pod, Pod 39 will have private bathrooms in all the guestrooms. Room categories range from double, queen and bunk beds starting at 60-sq.ft. and keeping in line with the Pod concept, the biggest rooms are only 120-sq.ft.
Downstairs will be an open lobby space with a “window box” reception desk, a coffee bar, and a unique Pod feature: a “screening wall” where guest photos and videos are projected around the clock. But best of all, the hotel plans to open an international taco bar as part of their lobby restaurant concept.
One week into the New Year, we think it's fair to say that the "Happy" has already rubbed off. It's cold, the headlines are full of depressing news, and we hear that hotel room rates will go up this year (good for hotel biz, not so much for our wallets).
So, here's a nugget of goodness for 2011: The Pod Hotel in New York is running one of those wacky date-driven promotions tomorrow, 1.11.11, letting folks snag a room for $111.11--and not a teensy-tiny pod with bunk beds, either. This rate is for a Queen room.
Jumping off the trend for hotels to become more energy-efficient, and mindful of that worrisome little thing called the economy, Lookotels, out of Spain, is the latest company to enter the low-cost, pre-fab hotel room fray.
On its website, Lookotels admits that this concept is already being trialed by other companies, but claims its edge is that it's bringing professionalism to the game--reducing overall costs with energy-efficient design, a reduction in construction time and costs, centralized control, and a reduction in personnel costs.
It certainly sounds like the future, whether we like dispensing with all the pomp and circumstance of luxury hotels or not.
This summer, more than any other, is all about the rooftop bar in New York City. Hotels can barely call themselves such without one, they're sprouting that fast and furious.
Alas, most charge exorbitant prices for the privilege of drinking a cocktail al fresco among the skyscrapers. But not the newest rooftop in town—the one at the Pod Hotel in Midtown.
The Apprentice notwithstanding, we're totally down with hospitality intern programs. If you start early and learn on the job you're much better placed to succeed in your hotel-world career for years to come. So we were heartened to hear about the latest internship program at New York's Pod Hotel. There, managing director David Bernstein has introduced a training program for young adults with autism.
Five interns aged 18–21 will work alongside the hotel's housekeeping staff in the program that kicked off in March. The training is part of the bigger picture at the Association for the Help of Retarded Children (AHRC), which teaches young autistic people life skills and helps them to develop responsibility and establish their independence.
We’ve been on a bit of a Capsule Hotel roll lately, so why stop now? The latest itty-bitty hotel rooms to capture our attention are in—where else?—Japan, at the highly conceptualized 9 Hours Hotel. What makes this one so special is not just the lines of pods that makes us think of rows of washing machines, but the minimalist design that flows through the entire property.
UPDATE: More capsule hotels arrive in the form of the Sleep Box!
Last week, we thought we'd moved on from the capsule hotel trend to the micro-hotel trend, especially ones with private bathrooms. But there's a new capsule hotel on the block that's snagged our attention with their pretty but pretty claustrophobic designs---the Atlantis Capsule Hotel.
There's not much to go on about this new capsule hotel design though. The background photo for the hotel’s Twitter account shows what looks like a double-decker tanning bed, and so far all the info we can glean on this project also comes via tweets.
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With all the gadgets we haul around these days, we get excited when we check into a hotel that caters to our tech obsession. Things as simple as a charging station for all our phones and cameras and iPods makes us very happy. So you can imagine how we felt when we saw this teched-out multimedia hotel bed.
It’s called the Somnus-Neu (which is something to do with the god of sleep), and it may soon be coming to a pod hotel near you. The creator, Grier Govorko, tells Fast Company magazine that he is in talks with Yotel and hopes to have the beds in production later this year.