Current (Travel) Obsession: The Pod Hotels

No sleep till Brooklyn?  Well if you’re looking for a hip and totally affordable hotel to hang your hat for the night, or even the entire weekend, than it’s time to meet Pod Brooklyn.

Following the successful models in Manhattan such as Pod 51 and Pod 39, Pod Brooklyn has taken the micro-hotel concept to the next level by constructing the property with modular guestrooms, built entirely in Poland and shipped here, making it the premier modular hotel in New York City.

A couple of months ago I stayed at Pod 39 and I have to say, I was smitten with the hotel—even the entire concept.  I have certainly had my share of swanky, spacious hotel stays but there is something so functional and fun about staying in a Pod. It’s smart and sharp and quite compact. Not to mention the ridiculously low price. Pod Brooklyn rates start at $125/night. WIN WIN!

So here’s the deal: The communal experience starts at check-in. A glass ceiling-ed, open air lobby allows guests to opt for a traditional front desk experience or self-check-in through iPads. A wraparound staircase leads to a second floor mezzanine, which provides a flexible work and lounge space offering small bites and coffee during the day.

The 249 modular rooms, each about 100 square feet, include queen and bunk bed configurations, with features like built-in storage and high-tech amenities allowing guests to stream their own media content from iPhones or other devices.

Guestrooms boast over-sized windows overlooking an abundance of green space and public spaces to create a social college campus feel, but also include blackout and noise blocking shades for when travelers wish to unplug.

You can  kick back and enjoy cocktails, creative cuisine, and social interaction on the hotel’s more than 10,000 square feet of public space, which includes April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman’s first venture outside of Manhattan, 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 also serves April and Ken’s food and drinks, similar to the popular Salvation Taco at Pod 39. (I ate there recently and their guac is beyond good!!)

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