By Terry Trucco
New York is the capital of sample sales for everything from designer T-shirts to sofas, so why not hotels? During early July Pod 39, the new East 39th Street sibling to the original Pod Hotel, aka Pod 51, is offering guests a chance to “sample” the new hotel for $85 a night.
The sale runs through the week of July 9, as we discovered on the hotel website (the hotel soft-opened this week, as reported in Hotelchatter). Prices inch up to $129 the week of July 16, but that’s still less than you’ll pay at this time next year (and a lot sooner).
There’s a rub, of course. The website warns that guests may experience light construction work and intermittent or no access to the internet or cable TV. And don’t expect the bar, restaurant, lobby and roof terrace to be up and running.
Still, if you need a cheap place to crash in New York immediately that a) isn’t a hostel or b) a flophouse and c) doesn’t have a bathroom down the hall, Pod 39 could be for you. Unlike the original Pod, where we spent a night a while back, all rooms have private bathrooms. And if early photos are an indication, the hotel looks upbeat, colorful and smart – just like the original.