Travel

The Pod

Hosting an out-of-town guest can drive nails into your soul -- whether it's planning his evening, or sitting on his face because you've forgotten he's commandeered your couch. Avoid this predicament and put him in The Pod.

Created by the Maritime guys, the Pod's a slicked-up budget hotel with high-tech rooms that cost less than drinks at the Maritime. Basic rates range from $99 for a shared-bathroom Single, up to $199 for a bathroomed "Double Double" or Queen -- ideal for college roommates, or the parents who crash at your place because it's "practical", not because your dad's a failure. Each room's equipped with flat screens and iPod docks to keep your people occupied/vegetative during the day. At night, the concierge can secure them dinner reservations, or even entrance into clubs -- with no stressful tour guide responsibilities, you'll be free to enjoy their companionship, or ditch them for a better crowd.

To further distinguish themselves from lesser/filthier budget places, The Pod's installing a lobby lounge -- it won't be serving 'til June, so for now it's BYOB. They're also throwing free, Cuervo-sponsored happy hours on Fridays and Saturdays from 5-7pm -- an excellent time for you to show up unwanted and invade your out-of-town guests' space.