By Terry Trucco
Invasion of the Body Snatchers aside, Pod is a cool name for a budget hotel. To my ears, it sounds upbeat and hip, because what could be more upbeat, or hip, than a place that proudly admits its rooms are small and cheap?
Those tall, skinny, caterpillar-like Tokyo capsule hotels with stacks of domed windows are my idea of pod hotel cool. So it was deflating to discover the Pod Hotel is the latest incarnation of the old Pickwick Arms, a boring, 1930s midtown east hotel that underwent a makeover four years ago and embraced its inner Ian Schrager (on a budget). (more…)