Chic, budget conscious, compact hotels are appearing more frequently in major cities around the world, and The Pod 51 in New York, where a desire for comfortable lodgings that don’t break the bank, is growing.

It’s a funky, hip and stylish property in the heart of Manhattan that encourages travellers to socialize and share their travel stories and plans. You can log into the Pod community before your arrival on the Pod Culture Forum, find fellow travellers who are perhaps visiting similar destinations, or get tips from those who have been where you are heading.

A variety of rooms are on offer, with a uniform cream and warm orange colour theme throughout. The choice is as innovative as the property ”“ Queen Pods, Double Pods, Bunk Pods, Single Pods but that’s not all. You can also choose from a Double Double Pod which sleeps up to four people, and the more spacious Odd Pod Townhouse Studio for longer stays.

All Pods contain atmosphere controls to suit your mood, so very New York. You can adjust the lighting with dimmer controls, play music on an mp3 docking station or stream wirelessly to the media centre. Free WiFi is included in each room and a sleek flat screen LCD television to chill out in front of.

The hotel lobby has a mix of sixties retro and Swedish Ikea-style in design with fresh flowers placed atop tiny side tables. There’s a rooftop garden to chill out on, take in the New York skyline and make new friends.

The Pod 51 promises to be replicated by other properties that are recognizing that with solo travellers and those on a budget, comfort, price and social connections are a priority to a large chunk of a growing market.

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