Hotel designers seem to be figuring out that in expensive cities like New York, travelers are willing to accept tiny rooms if they’re efficiently designed and afforadably priced. A successful Manhattan mini-room hotel with very affordable rates is the Pod 51 Hotel at 230 East 51st Street (Midtown East Grand Central neighborhood). Rates at the Pod 51 are around $145 – $175 a night.
The cheapest rooms have a bunk bed and a shared bath. For a little bit more you can get double or standard rooms with private baths. The design of the rooms is modern and efficient. Free wifi is provided throughout the hotel. Rooms have LCD TVs.
There’s also a Pod 39 Hotel with similar rates, around $160 – $170 . It’s located at 145 E 39th Street.