1 HOTEL BROOKLYN BRIDGE, NEW YORK
why stay here?
● The hotel’s dedication to eco-friendly luxury; it’s LEED certified and truly tries
● The delightful location in DUMBO which lends itself to excellent views
feel & design
The 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge was built from the ground up with an environmentally friendly ethos in mind, but without sacrificing design and luxury. Situated down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass (y’know, in DUMBO), it looks out onto the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River as you’d expect. Neatly placed water stations by the entrance to cater to humans and their animal companions, a dramatic sculpture by local artist Jarrod Beck made of reclaimed roof shingles blown off by an energetic tornado in upstate New York, and a towering wall of living greens in the fantastically spacious lobby make for a welcoming, on point entrance. A balanced eye has chosen the decor aspects - equal parts cool Scandi simplicity and textural warmth, mixing high industrial ceilings with beckoning greens and cosy couches.
There are 194 rooms, with a choice of a Manhattan skyline or a close up Brooklyn Bridge view. The largest is a Riverhouse for five, which you might consider if travelling with friends or family, otherwise there is a slew of King and double bed options. Each room has furniture made by local designers, almost certainly spectacular views, and a subtle, neutral mix of leather, steel, and blond wood, with pops of live greenery. We love the in-room filtered water dispensers, sleek black machines built into the walls with bottle green glasses to go with them, and are fans of the cosy socks provided for each guest. Showers come with timers, should you choose to be reminded of your water use. Some rooms have hammocks in them while others boast comfortable sling chairs. You can order room service and control everything in the room through the ipads provided. We aren’t sure how sustainable it is to provide ipads versus recycled paper for things like menus, given that ipads have a pretty quick (and problematic) end of life too, but we understand the attempt.
There are three restaurants: The Neighbourhood, which is build to resemble a farm stand, The Osprey, which is a slightly more traditional set up with booths and tables, and an al fresco rooftop bar. We had one meal at The Osprey, which was delicious. Local produce features heavily, and the menu includes healthy light options like a beetroot salad with candied hazelnuts and radish swirls, as well as more substantial sandwich and meat based plates.
● Rooftop plunge pool (unheated)
● Pet friendly
● A few Teslas the hotel keeps for guest use; you can request a quick ride
● Screening room
Affable, and with a desire to be helpful. A few simple questions were answered wrongly, such as the opening times for restaurants. Ask staff about their eco-friendly ethos - everyone is justifiably proud to showcase the hotel’s efforts.
Check out the 1920s carousel (“Jane’s Carousel”) a quick walk from the hotel. Beyond that, all of Brooklyn and Manhattan lies within easy reach so we dare not attempt to condense or rank recommendations into one paragraph.
how do you get here?
Subway, Uber, Lyft, taxi, ferry - the hotel is in a fairly prominent location and very accessible from both Brooklyn (teetering on its edge as it is) and Manhattan. JFK, EWR, and LGW are all accessible within the hour.