Boasting spectacular views of Brooklyn Bridge and across the East River to downtown New York, it’s little wonder that 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge has been one of the most buzzed-about local hotels since it opened just over a year ago. However, it’s not just the impressive vistas that have had people talking, but the fact that this waterfront retreat is also an innovative locally focused and sustainability-driven project.
Part of the eco-luxe 1 Hotels brand, Brooklyn Bridge is the third hotel in the group’s growing portfolio, which takes the beauty of nature as inspiration and safeguarding the environment as its priority. And in line with sister properties in Central Park and Miami’s South Beach, the Brooklyn-based hotel, which opened on Earth Day, features many of the brand’s signatures, including the use of reclaimed wood and stone throughout, and a so-called living wall in the lobby designed to bring the outdoors inside.
Hemp-blend Keetsa mattresses, organic cotton sheets, recycled wood room keys and hangars made from 100% post consumer recycled materials are also standard. As are three-times filtered drinking water and chalk boards rather than paper and pens in each room, plus eco-friendly cleaning products. However, despite these common details, each hotel retains its own unique character, which is informed by its local surroundings, and 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is no exception.
The first ground-up development for the group, the design of the Brooklyn Bridge property draws on the history of the former wharf that occupied the site and the natural landscape of the nearby park. Using reclaimed materials, local artists have created an industrial-chic style space that includes cocktail tables crafted from beams from the former Domino Sugar Refinery, and dining room table tops made of wood from Brooklyn Botanic Garden trees that fell during Hurricane Sandy. A wall in the lobby has also been constructed from granite from the original quarry that supplied stone for the Brooklyn Bridge. Plenty of native greenery complements the locally-inspired interior, in keeping with the outdoors inside theme.
Also unique to this latest hotel is the year-round water reclamation system, that captures and stores rain water to irrigate neighboring Brooklyn Park in the city’s hot summers, and the fact that it operates entirely on wind power. And both these eco-conscious features chime with the group’s sustainable practices, which also include a ‘recycle, repurpose and reuse’ approach to waste, energy saving initiatives and a focus on fresh and seasonal food.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
60 Furman Street
+877 803 1111