For the Micro Traveler

May 28th, 2009. Filed under: Finance & Fitness Fridays, Thursday's Travels.

I’ve found the ideal hotel for a seaman on a limited budget.  It’s actually a good place for all travelers, but after spending ten years at sea, these hotels give me the “just like home” feeling.  It’s the micro hotel and two examples are The Jane Hotel and The Pod Hotel

The Pod Hotel offers hip, convenient, and personalized accommodations for the frugal traveler. Formerly the Pickwick Arms, the Hotel is located in the heart of Manhattan’s Midtown East neighborhood, and is New York’s number one choice for visitors on a budget.

U.S. interest in the micro-hotel model has intensified as the economy weakens, said Bjorn Hanson, a hotel expert at New York University. Hotel developer Richard Born, who is involved with both The Jane and The Pod, said he and his partner have been approached by more than one national hotel chain looking at expanding  the micro-hotel concept in the United States.

European micro-hotels owned by the easyHotel chain, saw a steady rise in demand that accelerated as the economy deteriorated, said commercial director Calum Russell.

Two more sites to find and book one of these hotels are Go Nomad and Yotel.  Spend your money on sightseeing and fun stuff rather than your hotel.  Hotel rooms are for sleeping, showering and changing your clothes.

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