Pod Brooklyn officially opens

The Pod Brooklyn

Pod Brooklyn opened its doors in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, introducing the next generation of properties from BD Hotels in partnership with CB Developers. Following the models in Manhattan and Washington D.C. (Pod 51, Pod 39 & Pod DC), Pod Brooklyn carries on with the microhotel concept, which utilizes modular guestrooms built entirely in Poland and shipped to New York City. The property stands on the corner of Metropolitan and Driggs Avenue.

The property offers 249 modular rooms, each about 100 square feet, and include queen and bunk bed configurations with features like built-in storage and high-tech amenities, which allow guests to stream their own media content from iPhones or other devices. Guestrooms include oversized windows looking onto green gardens and public spaces, creating a social campus feel, but also include blackout and noise-blocking shades for when travelers wish to unplug.

The design by Garrison Architects, in collaboration with Pod Hotel design director Vanessa Guilford, weaves Pod rooms with numerous courtyards, rooftops, and private event spaces with connecting glass hallways. The communal vibe starts at check-in with a sky-lit, glass ceilinged lobby. A staircase will lead to a second-floor mezzanine, which provides a work and lounge space offering small bites and coffee during the day.


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Additionally, the property will provide private meeting and event spaces available for corporate events, private dinners and more. Connecting rooftops and courtyards will offer striking new venues unavailable at present in the neighborhood. Roughly 16,000 square feet of retail space will line the ground floor of the property.

“We are excited to introduce this new category of hotels to the Williamsburg neighborhood," Richard Born of BD hotels said in a statement. "We expect Pod Brooklyn to attract both locals and visitors alike who are seeking affordable accommodations and an interactive experience. We look forward to the continued brand expansion and introducing the modular concept into other emerging markets.”

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The rebranded property, formerly an Amari hotel, operates under a franchise agreement and is managed by Le Mirage Real Estate.

The 80-room hotel, owned by Freeman & Kallaher Colorado Properties and managed by InterMountain Management, is slated to open Oct. 23.