All photos courtesy Pod 39At first glance, the Batik pillow-strewn turquoise banquettes and rustic stone walls of Pod 39's rooftop lounge could put the airy space in Tulum or Marrakech. That the property, the latest opening from BD Hotels, is smack in the middle of Manhattan's business-minded midtown, is a pleasant surprise—and a welcome reprieve from the cookie-cutter hotel hangouts in the area.
The eclectic interiors and outdoor lounge spaces were designed by Ken Friedman, the restaurateur behind New York’s The Spotted Pig, The Breslin Bar & Dining Room, and The John Dory Oyster Bar, in collaboration with Pod Hotel designer Vanessa Guilford. Perched 17 floors above the lobby, "the top of the Pod" represents a dramatic departure from the design of the hotel's space-saving guest rooms and mod-lined common areas.
Though the decor is decidedly worldly (shapely Mexican Equipale chairs, mosaic-tiled cocktail tables, floor-to-ceiling arched windows that call to mind Venetian palazzos), the uninterrupted views of the Empire State Building, Chrysler building, and East River keep guests in a New York state of mind.