6 MAY 2019


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Article from BTNews 6 MAY 2019

More Pod hotels on the way

Plans to expand from five properties to at least 50 over the next decade to join BD Hotels’ “micro-accommodation” concept, Pod Hotels, are in hand after the success of its three newest openings at Times Square in New York (below), Brooklyn and Washington DC.

The five properties in the portfolio will shortly be joined by two more in the direct pipeline – Philadelphia this autumn and Los Angeles next year – followed by at least seven more in key markets including Miami, San Francisco and Chicago and then the major expansion to dozens more.

Pod Hotels founders Richard Born and Ira Drukier say they launched the brand to address a rapidly-increasing demand for “affordable lifestyle hotels targeted at progressive-minded and budget-conscious travellers”.

The Pods have become recognised for smart design and intuitive technology with each property featuring functional guestrooms, accessible communal space and flexible décor.

In a new appointment to oversee the expansion, Pod Hotels has named former Virgin Hotels North American executive Rani Gharbie as head of acquisitions and development.

He will be responsible for identifying potential investment opportunities and bringing together strategic partners and investors to fund future projects in numerous markets across the US and eventually globally.


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