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A few months ago, 1 Hotels & Resorts, the new eco-luxury brand from SH Group, the hotel management arm of Starwood Capital Group, debuted their second property—1 Hotel Central Park, just a block away from Manhattan’s largest expanse of greenery.

And much like the South Beach property, which transformed the flashy and hedonistic Gansevoort South Beach into a natural, clean-living oasis, 1 Hotel Central Park has gone far above and beyond the requisite eco-conscious design and amenities.


For starters, when you enter the 1 Hotel, you do so through two steel doors that feature over 16,000 twigs artfully embedded on them. The intimately-sized lobby ceiling features reclaimed oak beams with suspended art inspired by nature, along with actual pieces of nature (the artwork will be rotated seasonally.) The lobby floor consists of quartzite Narcado stone, Belgian blue stone, and reclaimed wood from old barns and factories from the New York area.

Then, at the elevator bank is a sculptural sign that says “No thing is ever really lost” with each block letter made from a different natural material.

Inside the guest rooms (229 in all, including the 1 Greenhouse suite), the vibe is very much rustic elegance with furniture crafted by local craftsman and a warm color palette with blues and creams. The bathrooms feature Breccia Capria marble, mushroom wood, concrete tiles, and reclaimed brick. A plank of reclaimed Cypress wood stands upright in the glass-enclosed shower with toiletry dispensers on top and a five-minute hourglass attached in front. The hourglass is a subtle reminder to guests to conserve their water use, something quite extraordinary for a luxury hotel in Manhattan.


Further eco-conscious amenities include Triple Clear Water filters in all taps, sinks and showers (so go ahead and pour yourself a glass of tap water); natural Keetsa hemp-blend mattresses; natural cotton towels, robes, and linens; closet hangers fashioned from recycled paper, organic socks to use as slippers during your stay and take home when you leave; terrariums from Brooklyn-based Sprout Home; a tiny chalk pad by the bed instead of a note pad, and a Nexus phone with a proprietary 1 Hotels app, that allow guests to order pretty much anything through it as well as read newspapers and magazines. And instead of plastic Do Not Disturb door hangers, this 1 Hotel has Do Not Disturb rocks that guests can place on little ledges outside the room. These ledges are also embedded with greenery and preserved moss. Even the cute circular room keys are made from recycled wood.

But one of our favorite touches are the window nooks that overlook 59th and 6th Avenue. Some even have a sliver of a view of Central Park.

The second floor serves as a sort of alternative lobby hangout for guests with more space to spread out and take in the action outside below. There are also five business “hubs” intended for small meetings but which can also be used for private dining sessions. The well-stocked and high-tech fitness center, dubbed The Field House, has windows overlooking 59th street with a floor that used to be the old University of Wisconsin’s basketball court.

And it almost goes without saying that the furnishings and infrastructure elements adhere to green building and LEED standards. 1 Hotels even has a corporate Director of Impact on staff, overseeing all of that.


But just because 1 is eco-conscious doesn’t mean it’s no fun. Downstairs at Jams, chef Jonathan Waxman has a lively 100-seat restaurant serving seasonal cuisine using organic ingredients and local purveyors. Napa-styled paned windows give guests prime views of the action outside while expose brick, reclaimed oak, and a soap stone bar top keep in line with 1 Hotel’s sustainable design. And yes, you can totally get a expertly made Negroni or a glass of rosé here.

Rates for 1 Hotel Central Park start around $500 a night. 1 Hotel will repeat their green success next spring with the 1 Hotel at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

[Photos: Eric Laignel for 1 Hotel Central Park]


Juliana Shallcross
A self-confessed hotel addict, Juliana Shallcross has been reporting on hotels around the world for more than a decade. She was previously the managing editor A good portion of her job involves sleeping in new hotels, obsessing over technology and keeping tabs on the ever-changing hospitality landscape. She's based in Los Angeles.

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