The most striking thing about fairly new hotel group 1 Hotels is their love for nature. They not only try to bring the nature in, but also run the hotel as eco-conscious as possible. There’s filter water in every room, just as living plants. The bath products are eco-friendly and you sleep on a fantastic hemp based mattress. Pets are allowed, the restaurant makes everything out of local ingredients and for the hotels they work with a local designers and artisans. After opening 1 Hotel Central Park in New York and 1 Hotel South Beach in Miami they can now add 1 Hotels Brooklyn Bridge to their portfolio.
A few months after they began with the construction of the new hotel New York was hit by hurricane Sandy and as the hotel is almost directly located on the East River a lot of damage was done. It sounds quite ironically: a hotel with a nature theme was hit by this big hurricane. Instead of polishing away the damage, they decided to let an artist, Olivie Ponce, paint a remembrance on the walls of the corner suites.
As a guest entering the hotel you will first be amazed by the fantastic lobby. Warm with comfy couches and rugs on the floor, but what’s most spectacular is the huge green wall. Staff of the hotel were making cocktails around 5pm and the place isn’t only a great place to relax after a day in the city, but also if you like meet friends and you live in the neighborhood. Neighbors is the name of the restaurant and indicates their love for that same neighborhood. You can order eco-drinks, delicious white chocolate croissants and chicken sandwiches. And when you step one foot outside you’re in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge Park. A place where you can walk, run, cycle – or visit Public Art installations such as Anish Kapoor’s installation this Summer.
Maybe you’re hesitating of staying in Dumbo. Of course you like to see the Brooklyn Bridge but isn’t is better to stay in Manhattan you might think. I would like to take your worries away. For modern design travellers the areas with the highest hotspot rate are mostly located Downtown or in Williamsburg. There’s a metro line running from the hotel to Downtown Manhattan and you will be there in just a few stops. And if you want to discover Williamsburg of Greenpoint you just take the East River Ferry. The ride only costs around 2,5 dollars and it’s also a great way to see the skyline from both sides.
And Dumbo itself is a great area too. You can walk the Brooklyn Bridge Park, enjoy the beautiful view, see Jean Nouvel’s carousel, visit Instagram hit Washington Street/Main Street for a splendid selfie with the Manhattan Bridge on the back drop or immerse yourself in up and coming projects such as Empire Stores with a Shinola shop, a Smile to Go outlet and a Soho House and Cecconi’s opening soon.
Enough about the location. Of course I have to tell you about the rooms. They are so nice and comfortable. I’m a sucker for lovely details and this hotel room is full of it. The tap with filtered water for instance. The living plants. The message of the cleaning lady on chalkboard. The in-room iPad. The thick duvets. The spacious room with a relaxing chair and a table to work on. I would advice you to book a room with the view of the skyline. My view was on the Brooklyn Bridge Park and far away the Statue of Liberty.
Soon there will also be a rooftop bar, a swimming pool, a yoga and fitness studio and a spa.
Check out: www.1hotels.com/brooklynbridge