1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge - An Industrial-Chic 5-Star Hotel
Written by Dawn Wilson
When you hear the term ‘industrial,’ cold concrete and steel may be the first things that come to mind; however, I can assure you that 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is much more than concrete and steel. It is ‘industrial’ on another level with lots of chic accents, neutral and organic textiles, and eco-friendly reclaimed woods, marble, bricks, and stone materials to envelope the feeling of comfort. The hotel sits on the waterfront of the Brooklyn Bridge Park, five blocks away from the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade and next to the East River. Its views of the Brooklyn Bridge from select rooms and suites are undeniably some of the best you’ll ever see, hands down! It has quickly become a favorite among locals and visitors due to its location. It is also within walking distance of the area’s many boutique shops, bars, restaurants, and cafés.
With its enormous doorways and plants flanking the hotel lobby, you feel surrounded by nature in a parklike environment. Its design allows guests to enjoy the beautiful parklike scenery all year round. Many local celebrities find it a laid-back respite away from the bustling Manhattan metropolis. It has also become a popular place for filmmakers to shoot videos, commercials, and print ads. While it is a busy hotel, it seems far removed from the glitz and glamour of the city. As a result, it is now a low-key place to see and be seen.
There are 195 rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows that allow guests to view the incredible Manhattan skyline and let in natural light that illuminates the entire space. Guests have everything at their immediate fingertips with the 1 Guide, an app that enables them to control everything in the room, such as the temperature, television, and communication. Ordering room service is also made more accessible through the 1 Guide app. Due to the hotels’ conservation initiatives, filtered water is available in all sinks, showers, and taps. There is also a rainwater reclamation system and low-energy lightbulbs. Rooms and suites are designed with a minimalist approach which embodies the less is more concept through its unique design features, such as a working/dining table combo. In addition, they have LED lighting, living green accents, and LCD 55-inch smart televisions. Guests also enjoy a specially curated mini bar of locally sourced food items, a Nespresso machine, cotton slipper socks, natural cotton towels, a Bluetooth speaker for mobile devices, and some rooms have a relaxing hammock facing the Brooklyn Bridge.
The hotel’s signature restaurant, The Osprey, overlooks the river and has sensational views of the Brooklyn Bridge. You won’t just find hotel guests visiting the eatery, just as many locals eat here regularly. It is where you’ll find your farm-to-table dining menu in Brooklyn, offering what is considered approachable dining; sure to provide something for everyone’s taste palate. Its sophisticated design and open kitchen concept deliver a welcoming neighborhood vibe. Neighbors Café, located on the hotel’s first floor, also offers a warm, inviting feeling to those who stop by for a quick coffee, smoothie, tea, sandwich, or a bagel. Finally, Harriet’s Rooftop & Lounge, located on the 10th floor with sweeping views of the NYC skyline, serves memorable signature cocktails and lite menu items.
You’ll want to make your way to the lovely rooftop garden terrace and bar, where you will find the hotel pool. It not only offers excellent views, but the bartenders offer some of the most innovative cocktails you’ll find in the city.
As if that weren’t enough, the hotel also offers its guests also receive complimentary WIFI, a 24-hour fitness center, communal spaces to work or relax, a 50-person screening room, electric car charging, pet amenities, 24-hour value parking, complimentary rides offered within a 3-mile radius of the hotel, and 24-hour in-room dining. Finally, the hotel staff is a part of the total urban hotel experience as the hotel itself. They know what’s happening in the city and surrounding areas, as they seem to have their finger on the city’s pulse. You may be thinking, is there anything they don’t offer! You’ll be hard-pressed to find anything, as it is clear to see that they have thought of practically everything that could make your stay unforgettable.