NYC's well-known Pod Hotels expands to D.C.
The Pod Hotels is a pioneering brand in the micro-hotel industry that, until this month, existed only in New York City. However, on May 2, Pod announced the launch of its first property outside of the New York metropolitan area with the opening of a 245-room micro hotel in Washington D.C.'s Chinatown/Penn Quarter neighborhood.
The Pod Hotels are distinguished by their modern, sleek design, compact and efficient accommodations, affordable prices, high-tech amenities, and popular communal spaces, like coffee bars, restaurants, rooftop lounges, and bars.
"The expansion of Pod Hotels to D.C. is a symbol of the broad appeal of our micro-hotel concept," said Richard Born of BD Hotels in the announcement. Born was also the first hotel developer to introduce the micro-hotel model to NYC with the launch of the original Pod Hotel, Pod 51, in 2007.
"We expect Pod DC to attract a similar type of traveler to those who visit our New York properties: individuals from all over the U.S., Europe, Asia, and South America, ranging in age from 18-85, who are looking for an affordable, stylish hotel that allows them to easily explore a destinateion and meet others with similar passions in the property's communal spaces," Born said.
Opening in June and July of this year, the Pod DC will feature a ground-floor restaurant, Crimson Diner, as well as a lower-level bar, Crimson Whiskey Bar, that will specialize in Southern whiskeys and spirits, even offering "authentic moonshine" to guests. For a better view of the city, guests can enjoy the Pod DC's Crimson View, a rooftop communal area with indoor and outdoor seating. The hotel's coffee bar is currently open.
The Pod Hotels are owned and operated by Modus Hotels, a Washington D.C. Lifestyle Hotel Group. Aaron Katz, President and CEO of Modus Hotels, commented, "We believe there is a place in the D.C. hotel market for a fun, value-driven hotel – one that places travelers in the center of the city's happenings, inspires them to search out local adventures and offers them a social experience that is new and fresh to the D.C. scene."
The Pod DC is located at 7th and H Street NW. Room rates start at $109 per night.