Whether you’re in need of a staycation, a special night out, or a place for friends and family to post up when they come to visit, Brooklyn is now the go-to for boutique hotels. The newest addition to the scene, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, opened in February, bringing its brand of eco-conscious hospitality (that sometimes feels like a Portlandia episode) to DUMBO.
The aesthetic: Natural-meets-industrial
Located at Pier 1 of Brooklyn Bridge Park, the ten-story, 194-room property boasts views of the East River and New York City skyline — even better atop the 4,000 square foot rooftop, which will open with a bar and pool in the spring.
The “nature-led luxury” that defines 1 Hotels Group’s flagship Brooklyn digs is best exemplified here by the lobby’s 25-foot “green wall,” a concrete structure with steel grating teeming with plants and vines. The natural seamlessly intersects with the industrial: reclaimed wooden beams from the former Domino Sugar Factory and pine flooring from Kentucky’s Old Crow Distillery meet a metallic spiral staircase and a wall sculpture from artist Jarrod Beck made of salvaged tornado-blown roof shingles.
Hospitality with a conscience
"Confronted with how far Americans were lagging behind in changing our consumption habits, I created 1 Hotels to show sophisticated travelers that they can do good, live well, and connect with both the world and the community around them," says Barry Sternlicht, 1 Hotels Founder.
The project is a commitment to sustainability. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is 100 percent powered by wind energy, lit by low-energy lightbulbs and includes a rainwater reclamation system that collects runoff which will be used to irrigate Brooklyn Bridge park in warmer months.
Within the rooms, guests are pampered with eco-friendly amenities. A Dr. Seuss "Lorax"-esque green tuft of moss sits adjacent to the sink, while a marbled “rainwater” shower includes an hourglass timer to encourage conservation. The mattresses are made of a custom hemp blend; the sheets are 100 percent organic cotton. Guests are given access to on-demand meditation from 1 Hotels Meditation Leader Biet Simkin, with yoga mats available in room. In select suites, hammocks hang in the windows overlooking the East River. We'll take all of it, thanks.
There's plenty by way of entertainment: just below the rooftop, the 10th floor lounge (opening in May) will provide a den of floor to ceiling windows, a fireplace and sleek black silica furniture. Neighbors Cafe serves juice, coffee and seasonal “picnic-fare” on the ground-level, with a full-fledged restaurant set to open later this spring. In the lobby, guests can enjoy botanical cocktails from mixologist Arley Marks and daily pickings from a fresh farm stand (what?). A 50-seat screening room housed in the hotel’s cellar will be available for private parties (also, opening in May).
Did we mention complimentary rides in Tesla electric vehicles?
Back to the Future: Brooklyn.
If you go
1 Brooklyn Bridge Hotel
60 Furman St.
Prices start at $350