And if you've been to the Big Apple recently, you'll know that hotel rooms are astonishingly expensive – even the ones we found in various "affordable" round-ups were totally out of our league.
The original plan had been to Air BnB it, but there was nothing available. And now, of course, with the recent NYC law wranglings about these sorts of accommodations (they've been deemed "unlicensed hotels" and therefore potentially illegal, in case you missed this depressing development) cheap hotels are even more in demand.
The Pod – we stayed at the newer premises, Pod 39 (so-called because it's on the corner of E39th Street – the other hotel is Pod 51, a few blocks up on E51st street). Aside from the astounding roof terrace cocktail bar pictured above, it also has a Mexican themed bar / restaurant on the ground floor, also shown in the opening image. And before we get onto the colourful decor, I should mention how excellent the cocktails were – particularly the unusual Salvation Michelada, which sounds weird but tastes amazing and blends Mexican beer with home-made chipotle hot sauce and lime, and the Sonora Old Fashioned – a mix of tequila and bacanora, a Mexican spirit that was once illegal, with chilli-honey and grapefruit bitters.
And the design, by Vanessa Guilford and New York restaurateur Ken Friedman, had just as much of a sunny theme.
topic last year.
The bar, below, was also brightly patterned.
I painted my stairs seven different colours.
The whole bathroom was behind glass, partially frosted for modesty, one half of which was also a sliding door. The wall-sized mirror facing back out into the room brilliantly bounced space back at you.
See a bit more of the hotel and listen to Vanessa Guilford talking through the Pod's compact design.
Post by Kate