Pod 39 Hotel In an elegant brick building in Manhattan’s Murray Hill, this excellent budget option opened following the success of sister hotel, The Pod. It trumps the elder sibling – now renamed Pod 51 – as all its rooms are en suite and it has a fabulous brick-pillared rooftop bar serving tacos and a warm atmosphere amid fairylights and stunning views. The rooms, some with bunk beds, are called pods given their compact size and may not suit everyone. But with prices among the most competitive in Manhattan, budgeters will be happy. Other nice touches include free passes to customised group walking tours of the city, held four days a week by guides Streetwise New York.• Doubles from $95 room only, 145 East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016, +1 212 865 5700, thepodhotel.com BKLYN House Hotel Proclaiming itself “a Bushwick-inspired hotel”, this no-frills boutique property opened late last year on the fringes of the neighbourhood long dubbed “the new Williamsburg”. It features works by Brooklyn artists on rotation and has joined forces with local businesses for things such as coffee. The 116 rooms are good value – and Manhattan is only 20 minutes away by taxi or subway…. Read full this story
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