1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is the sustainable luxury hotel that pays homage to the beauty of the borough



As New York City begins a revival, the 1 Hotel at Brooklyn Bridge isn’t just one of the hottest spots for tourists, it epitomizes everything Brooklyn locals love. LEED Gold certified and designed by INC Architecture and Design, this hotel goes beyond the highest standards of sustainability. With some of the best views and breathtaking architecture in the five arrondissements, it offers an experience you can’t find anywhere else. Ready to satisfy your urge to travel? Here is a glimpse of the interior.

One of 1 hotels

With nine locations and counting, every 1 hotel is influenced by the local community. However, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is the brand’s first sustainability and flagship property.

The Brooklyn Bridge, the beauty of the neighborhood’s natural surroundings, the history of the neighborhood and the adjacent neighborhoods inspired the hotel’s overall design concept. With reclaimed wood, brick, marble, stone, and locally sourced glass finishes, no other hotel offers such a purely Brooklyn aesthetic.

But none of this is unusual considering 1 Hotels as a brand, Raul Leal, CEO of SH Hotels and Resorts, tells me: “1 Hotels was inspired by a simple idea: those who travel the world should too. to care. It is, after all, [one] World. 1 Hotels champions this vision by channeling nature through design and culinary partnerships, connecting with the local community and working to ensure resource efficiency wherever it is.

One example is the industrial two-story spiral staircase located in the lobby. Simply breathtaking, it’s punctuated with a sculpture of obsidian boulders wrapped in a hand-dyed rope by Brooklyn artist Rachel Mica Weiss. Many other hotel details have been provided by local artists including Uhuru, Bien Hecho, Harrison Green, and Danielle Trofe.

Blur the lines between inside and outside

The designers of the hotel used sustainable materials throughout the property. The 25-foot-high custom green wall in the lobby is one example. It features a steel grate with integrated hand-placed plants and creeping vines. This way the vegetation can grow organically. This is an attractive choice for a hotel as the wall will eventually change over time, evolving as the hotel does.

The purpose of this element was to integrate the surrounding park into the building. One of the biggest design trends of recent years has been to bring the outdoors inside and indoors outside. This wall along with the various plantings, including small trees and hanging gardens throughout the hotel, created by landscapers at Harrison Green, take this concept to a whole new level.

Commitment to sustainability

The hotel is a sustainable operation in several ways. The finishes are a mix of regional and reclaimed materials, including original heart pine beams from the old Domino Sugar Factory, walnut from the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, and pine flooring from the Old Crow Distillery in Kentucky. .

Even seemingly minor details are green at 1 Hotel. LED bulbs are used throughout the facility to reduce energy consumption. Green cleaning solvents are used to clean all parts and wash clothes. There’s even access to an Audi e-tron in-house car for trips within a three mile radius. The on-site restaurant, The Osprey, also offers dishes made with local, seasonal ingredients.

The rooms

There are 194 rooms in total with nine different room types. The bedrooms feature sliding floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the water.

This design choice harnesses natural daylight to illuminate beautiful interiors. Many of the room’s design details were created by local artisans, including the crate-inspired open slatted wood cupboards, wavy leather headboards, and Fresnel glass light fixtures.

Even the mattresses are sustainably made by Keetsa and filled with a hemp blend. All linens are 100% organic cotton, while towels, bathrobes and linens are all natural cotton.

The rooms also have a filtered water station to reduce plastic bottle waste. Goblets and decanters made from salvaged wine bottles are provided for drinking. But if guests need to get rid of something, the rooms have recycling bins with separate bins for glass, plastic, and paper.

All spa-style bathrooms have an open, modern feel with filtered water. There is also an hourglass in each bathroom to inform guests about the duration of their shower to save water. Leal tells me, Our hotels offer educational moments at all properties to illustrate how you can make easy changes in your day-to-day life.

Swimming in Brooklyn

While most New York City hotels are known for their skylines more than their pools, the hotel’s 4,000 square foot swimming pool is a true urban retreat. Overlooking the East River, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Manhattan skyline, there’s also a full-service bar and fire pits.

The surrounding seating area has been sustainably designed from salvaged railroad ties. While Brooklyn may not be a tropical paradise, it is certainly a stylish paradise.



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