These New York Hotel Rooms Are Actually Cheap—They're Also Miniature

Pod room Yotel

Photo: Courtesy of Yotel

New York City finally has affordable hotel rooms for rent. One catch: they’re 100-square-foot pods.Pod rooms first appeared in European airports to accommodate overnight travellers. Then came pod hotels, for those who were fine with just the basics: a bed and bathroom.

Now, the pod fever is spreading through Manhattan. There are currently two hotels in NYC that offer affordable pod roomsPod 51 on East 51st Street and Yotel on West 42nd Street, the New York Times reports.

Pod 51 opened first in 2007, then Yotel popped up just seven blocks away. Pod’s parent company, BD Hotels, is opening a Pod 39 on East 39th Street this month. citizenM Hotels, hailing from Europe, also plans to open two of its own pod hotels in NYC by 2014.

Pod 51’s rooms start at $89 a night, while Yotel’s room are a bit pricier at $149 a night. Both hotels are a cheaper alternative to putting down a couple hundred dollars at any other hotel. Pod hotels also offer out-of-room commodities, like lounges, bars and game rooms— in case you get cabin fever in your small space.

Sure, the rates are affordable. But doesn’t it make sense to slash the rate in half for a room half the size of a regular hotel room? Is a smaller space really worth the savings?

See for yourself.

Even though citizenM's rooms are compact, they have an XL-sized king bed, shower, and wall-sized window. Not too shabby.

This is the Double Pod, one of six kinds of pod rooms you can choose from at Pod 51.

This is the Single Pod, the most compact room you can reserve at Pod 51.

This Bunk Pod emulates an upscale dorm room — all the way down to the shared bathrooms.

This Pod 51 room is not actually a pod, but a townhouse studio with an eccentric colour scheme.

Did we mention Yotel has a state-of-the-art Yobot that stores your luggage?

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