If you ever dreamed of that perfect Manhattan skyline view from your room, this is your chance. The latest hotel from the now 3-property strong mini chain of 1 Hotels, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is a stunner on the Brooklyn waterfront. Read on for our honest review.
As the name suggests, Brooklyn Bridge is the way to cross the river if you're travelling by car. I thought it brilliant to have a relatively quick transfer from JFK without having to brave neither bridges nor tunnels before arriving.
The neighbourhood is not just up and coming - it's arrived. There is plenty of dining and shopping within easy walking distance, including the quite impressive Empire Stores.
Walking along the waterfront in Brooklyn Bridge Park (and across the bridge itself) must count among the most enjoyable walks in town, and a must for any traveller (first time or repeat) visitor to the city.
Still, it is the kind of place where you won't feel out of place in your business suit, but at the same time will come across a merry mix of hipster couples, families, business travellers - and locals.
The natural materials are omnipresent; distressed wood in the bedrooms, living wall in the lobby and lots and lots of plants – potted or indoor trees. In my suite, there was so much “green” that it almost obstructed the ability to walk around.
It also feels slightly rustic, industrial chic - and very trendy; while the building is brand new, there’s something almost “warehouse-y” about it, with lots of exposed pipes and chains, huge windows and reclaimed wood. As with the two other hotels, the eco-credentials are kept in check: the hotel runs on wind-power and there is a rain water reclamation system – in your room, rather than bottled water, triple filtered tap water is available from a dedicated drinking water tap.
I was particularly impressed with the service in The Osprey, the hotel's new signature restaurant. Further, I was very happy with my, brief interaction, with a senior member of staff (I believe she was German/Palestinian) who escorted me from the ground floor to the gym when she saw I was lost.
While the views, of course, are a knock out feature, what I loved the most were the bed and the bathroom, the wet room in particular. It was also refreshing to see good quality bathroom amenities, provided in large pumps rather than individual packaging.
Not all room categories frame those unforgettable views of Brooklyn Bridge and downtown Manhattan but, if possible, plump for one that does (all categories have views of the bridge except standard rooms - the Dumbo King and Dumbo 2 beds). Guestrooms all adopt an open-plan arrangement, with showers and toilets hidden behind industrial iron partitions.
Most of the furnishings are naturally sourced, including the hemp mattresses cradled by wooden bed frames, and slatted crate-style cupboards. There’s all the mod-cons too: an iPad sits on the bedside table, useful for ordering room service or adjusting the temperature (although mine did act up...)
Neighbors [sic] is the hotel’s ground-floor café. The design feels somewhat Scandinavian, with stylish decorative touches and small hanging plants, but the industrial feel of the hotel is continued in the pared-back concrete walls.
The Bamford Haybarn Spa in the basement, decorated in the same design vernacular (albeit a possibly slightly "whiter" one), offers 12 treatment rooms and the full gamut of treatments - all relatively expensive, it has to be mentioned).
The gym, open 24 hours, could be better kitted out, but covers the bases.
A 50-seat screening room and a number of meeting rooms are also available.
Offering all the trimmings of a luxury property, it's a fabulous place to base yourself; to while away a day or two in the calming atmosphere of your room or suite (and its bathtub) is a real treat - and the pool, of course, makes it an amazing base for a New York City hotel with a difference (during summer...)