INSIDE THE ECO-FRIENDLY, BK-COOL 1 HOTEL BROOKLYN BRIDGE
Our last dispatch on 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge told you about the artwork anchoring the hotel’s public spaces, and as a 1 Hotel, you know it’s got serious green credentials. But there’s more to love once you step inside the new hotel, starting with the spectacular views of its namesake and the lower Manhattan skyline, even on a gray, overcast day like the one when we visited. Here are some of the highlights from our recent tour of the new property, still in its soft opening phase.
When it comes to space, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge has more in common with 1 Hotel South Beach than the Central Park property. While all have a shared leafy and natural-textures aesthetic, the lobby in Brooklyn is huge, with plenty of seating in different configurations, perfect for quick meetings, reading, working, or simply hanging out and enjoying the good vibes that come from staring at a living green wall that doesn’t look overly manicured the way they sometimes can. Likewise, the furniture is a mix of textures, part industrial and rugged, part tree trunk and moss, and part faux-fur cozy—and the juxtaposition works. Guests and Brooklyn locals are welcome to enjoy bar service in the lobby from 4pm to 11pm and 1 Hotel guests will recognize the “farm stand” baskets of fruit near the guest elevators.
Get Rooftop Ready
The 10th-floor rooftop space is still being prepped for its spring debut – and you’ll want to be ready when it opens in May, because this is going to be a popular spot all summer long. Locals and visitors are going to flock here for the front-row views of downtown Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River, and they’ll be able to enjoy those views from the 3-foot “lounge pool” or from seating spaces made from reclaimed railroad ties with fire pits for warmth on cooler evenings. There’s also indoor space, again with amazing views, but outside is where it’s at, and, by Manhattan standards at least, there’s a fair amount of it—4,000 square feet. The rooftop will also be available for private events and small weddings.
The Field House fitness center is now open, while the 50-seat screening room on the cellar level is still under construction. It will be available for private screenings but will also offer programming for guests of the hotel. Also in the works are a bunch of wellness initiatives, including yoga, meditation, and Dark Sky ceremonies and Full Moon parties, complete with tarot card readings and soundtracks courtesy of Brooklyn DJs. The nine-treatment room Bamford Haybarn Spa will open in June.
The signature restaurant is still under wraps, with more news coming by the end of the month. But for now, 1 Brooklyn Bridge has Neighbors, a café and grab-and-go bar that has the requisite white wood, concrete walls, plants and all-around good looks you’d expect in a health-conscious Brooklyn café. It’s open every day from 6am–10pm and the menu highlights include a Brooklyn Bagel, avocado toast, soups, salads, tea, coffee and delicious smoothies. (We can recommend the Coconut, featuring spirulina, avocado, kale and cacao nibs.) The back of Neighbors opens out onto the pathway that runs through Brooklyn Bridge Park, which is convenient for pre- and post-run fuel-ups. There’s also outdoor seating for warmer days ahead. Naturally, the café sells a range of Brooklyn-made goodies—pickles, tea, spreads and syrups, and even wooden toys. 1 Hotels is dog-friendly and there is a cake tray of dogs treats alongside the cash register.
With entry-level rooms starting at 300 (King) and 325 (Double) square feet, these plush new rooms are some of the most spacious in the city. They look and feel much like the rooms at 1 Hotel Central Park, with all of the earth- and water-saving details it and 1 Hotel South Beach introduced us to, like organic sheets, triple clear filtered water (here in cute wall dispensers), timed rain showers, plenty of greenery and in-room yoga mats and cozy socks you can take home. Skyline Suites and the Riverhouse suite (the 1 BB version of a presidential) will also have hammocks. Even if you don’t spring for those, every room has a floor-to-ceiling sliding window that open up to fill your room with fresh air and light. Our pick is one of the Bridge Studio Suites with the most insane views of the Brooklyn Bridge from your bed. (TVs are hidden away in cabinets to make sure you don’t miss a second of it.)
Once spring hits, taking the East River Ferry is one of the most fun ways to get to 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. It’s also easy to reach by subway, with a nice amble down the hill past popular Brooklyn Heights spots like Shake Shack and Grimaldi’s Pizza. If you’re driving, the hotel has 300 valet parking spaces underground and—of course—universal charging stations for electric and hybrid cars. Guests can also take complimentary rides in house Teslas.
There’s a lot to love about this newcomer, and not just for wellness freaks and Brooklyn scenesters. Space, views, and a warm, friendly vibe all put 1 Brooklyn Bridge well ahead of the pack compared to its closest hotel neighbors. It also gives plenty of Manhattan hotels a run for their money—especially when it comes to innovative meeting space and services. We’ll have more on that, and why this is a great pick for creative class gatherings, soon.
[Photos: 1 Hotels / Rebecca Wallwork]