Designed by local artists, boutique stay 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge follows a seriously sustainable ethos; its upcycled materials and artwork tell a story of the borough’s past, while the green design makes a commitment to its future. In this airy and art-filled stay, you’ll find a cosy guests-only lounge on the third floor, a cellar-level cinema room and an all-natural Bamford Spa. There’s also a casual, open-all-day café full of locally-sourced treats and a plunge pool up on the tenth floor that looks out over the East River.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
Double rooms from £345.17 ($423), including tax at 14.75 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $3.50 per room per night on check-out and an additional service charge of $29.00 per room per night on check-out.
Rates usually exclude breakfast (à la carte items range from $4 to $12), the nightly $10 a room service charge and $3.50 local city tax.
Furniture throughout the hotel is made from recycled factory pine-wood from the Coney Island boardwalk, wood from Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, and Bronx-grown trees that were felled by Hurricane Sandy. Guests can host a private viewing for up to 50 people in the Screening Room, which has comfortable seating, full HD-Digital projection and a super-sized screen.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout and a laundry service. In rooms: TV, app-controlled lighting and temperature, Nespresso coffee machine, minibar, yoga mat.
Our favourite rooms
We love the sustainable details in all the rooms, including water glasses made of recycled green-glass bottles and untreated-cotton bathrobes; if pressed to pick a favourite, we’d have to go for the Skyline One-Bedroom Suite, which has floods of natural light, Manhattan skyline views and a hammock to lounge on as you take it all in.
From the rooftop plunge pool, you can enjoy sweeping, Manhattan skyline views and even catch a glimpse of Lady Liberty. Family-friendly and unheated, with a shallow three-foot depth, this is a spot for soaking in rather than splashing. This is fair season swimming pool that's only open during the spring and summer. Although it's exclusively for hotel guests in the week, the pool's open to the public at weekends.
The soothing Bamford Haybarn Spa has holistic treatments using all-natural ingredients. The state-of-the-art gym has treadmills and a rowing machine; the Field House has stationary bicycles, resistance treadmills, kettlebells and yoga mats.
Bring your walking shoes and a sustainable canvas bag for toting around your Brooklyn finds.
A number of Dumbo rooms, Bridge Two-Bed rooms, King Bridge rooms, Studio Suites, Skyline Suites and One-Bedroom Suites are fully accessible for guests with mobility issues.
Four-legged Smiths will be treated to all-natural, home-made treats, and a Den dog bed (for every one purchased, another is donated): a smart dog camera that lets you see, talk, and even toss treats to your pup when you're not there. See more pet-friendly hotels in New York.
Welcome throughout the hotel, in the pool, the grounds and the café (where there’s a children’s menu). Baby cots are free and babysitting can be arranged with a day’s notice for $35 an hour, plus transportation (a four-hour minimum booking applies).
Kids of all ages.
The Skyline Two Bed and Dumbo Two Bed rooms are good options for those travelling with young children.
Brooklyn is great for kids, as it’s away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre; you have Brooklyn Bridge Park at your doorstep and a cinema room in the hotel for rainy days and sleepy evenings.
The rooftop plunge pool is family-friendly, unheated and three-feet deep throughout.
At Neighbors cafe, the children’s menu options include grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup and almond butter and jelly sandwiches; both options are accompanied by a choice of a banana or scoop of sorbet.
Babysitting can be arranged with a day’s notice for $35 an hour, plus the cost of transportation, with a four-hour minimum booking.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge hosts Seedlings, a nature programme for kids; little ones will be taken on guided nature walks and engage in planting activities.
Extremely: the hotel was designed with sustainability and energy efficiency in mind; it is built to LEED guidelines from 22 per cent recycled materials and 32 per cent regional materials, and has a wind-powered generator, a grey-water irrigation system and a sustainable waste-management system that includes recycling and a food digester. Green cleaning products, LED lighting and Triple Clear water-purification filters are used throughout the hotel; there are living plants or trees and all-natural bath products in all rooms.
Enjoy meals with friends in one of the tartan-lined booths, or if dining in a smaller group, book a windowside table for leafy views.
Keep it casually trendy when dining at low-key the Osprey and Neighbors.
The Osprey offers market-driven American comfort food morning, noon and night. Their signature breakfast includes eggs any style, garlic parmesan potatoes, roast tomatos, and bacon or sausages, although there are also a few lighter options like the grapefruit brûlée or egg white fritatas. For lunch, take a seat on one of the long leather banquets and order a few of the small plates to share. If you can't decide which to order, many of these dishes are available as starters at dinner, so you'll haBerkshire pork chop with pickled peppers and hierloom grits. At Neighbors café on the ground floor, you’ll find a fresh menu of sandwiches, salads and flatbreads, an extensive selection of coffees and freshly pressed juices, and goods from Brooklyn vendors – including muffins, bagels, yogurt, brownies and cookies.
The Brooklyn Heights Social Club offers tempting tipples with front row views of the Brooklyn Bridge and East River from its 10th floor perch. The drink's list is sorted by spritis so find your favourite boozy base and then take your pick. The Osprey bar's cocktail list has a drink to suit all tastes; gin-lovers will enjoy the Sparrow, there's something magical about the rum-based Merlin and vodka fans should opt for the house soecial, the Osprey with vodka, cactus water, passionfruit, lime and lavender: you can also order their cocktails in the adjacent lobby lounge. Up on the 10th floor, seasonal 1 Rooftop has panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline, alfresco seating and a plunge pool. At the full bar you’ll find craft beers, international wines, and an artfully crafted cocktail list; order a classic Dark and Stormy or a mint-infused whiskey smash and snack on lobster rolls, french fries with tarragon aioli, and savoury fried mochi bites.
Osprey: 7am–3pm and 5.30pm-10.30pm Mon–Thurs; 7am-9am, 10am-3pm, and 5.30pm-11pm Fri-Sat, 10.30pm on Sun. Neighbors: 6am to 7pm. Brooklyn Heights Social Club: 5pm till late. 1 Rooftop: 11am to midnight Sunday to Thursday and until 2am Friday and Saturday.
Have seasonal, regional fresh foods delivered to your door 24 hours a day.
The hotel is right on Brooklyn Heights promenade, next to the iconic Brooklyn Bridge.
LaGuardia is the closest airport, only 10 miles away (a 40-minute drive, depending on traffic). Flights from all over the world land at JFK, the busiest international airport in the US; the 13-mile drive to the hotel usually takes about 50 minutes.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge can be easily reached from a number of subway stations, including High Street, York Street, Clark Street, Court Street and Borough Hall.
The city has an abundance of taxis and public transportation options, so having a car isn’t really necessary. However, if you do bring your own wheels, the hotel's valet parking is $14 for six hours, or $45 for up to 24 hours (with in-and-out privileges).
The hotel is a five-minute walk from the Dumbo ferry terminal, from which you can hop on East River ferry to Manhattan. The New York Water Taxi also docks at Dumbo’s Pier 1.
Worth getting out of bed for
Keep an eye on the hotel’s film schedule for a cosy night in the screening room, and try to catch the Lobby Farmstand’s monthly tasting event, which features food and drink from local farmers and artisans. Venture outside to stroll along the promenade, down to Jane’s Carousel, a restored 1920’s merry-go-round in a very modern glass house, or over to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Although a bit further south, Brooklyn Botanic Garden is also easily reached and well worth a nature-filled visit. Whiskey-lovers will enjoy a visit to (and a tipple or two at) Kings County Distillery, New York City’s oldest operating distillery. It would be shame to not take advantage of your bridge-side location and walk or cycle across the Brooklyn Bridge; all that Manhattan has to offer is only a short subway- or ferry-ride away.
On a cobblestone street just north of Dumbo, farmhouse-feel Vinegar Hill House specialises in homey cooking, as evidenced by its menu of skillet-cooked cornbread, pork chops and skillet-sizzled chicken. Book a table in advance, and request a seat in the cherry-tree-filled garden in warmer months. Williamsburg’s Lilia is the place to go for hand-crafted Italian pastas and wine; it’s in high demand, so make your reservations as early as possible. Try their take on cacio e pepe (pasta with cheese and pepper) or the squash-stuffed ravioli with hazelnuts and sage. Noodle Pudding in Brooklyn Heights (38 Henry Street) has been well loved by locals since the 1990s – it's cash only and they don't take reservations, but its heaped pasta bowls are worth these minor inconveniences. For croques and classic Gallic dishes (duck with orange gastrique, steak tartare, frogs legs in a honey sauce), bistro Chez Moi brings French-accented elegance to the table, and you can continue your night at their Marie Antoinette-inspired sister bar Le Boudoir.
That metal dining car from the 1920s just under Williamsburg Bridge? That’d be Diner, where waiters scribble the menu on your tablecloth and you can order grass-fed burgers that are a serious contender for the best in New York. It’s first-come, first-serve at this step-back-in-time eatery, so try to snag a seat when it opens at 6pm. Afterwards, hit up Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory for all-natural ice cream with a view. On weekends, snack your way around Smorgasburg at the Brooklyn Flea Market, which hosts an impressive collection of on-trend food vendors with a range of temptations for every palate.
Cocktail bar Sweet Polly has a jazzy collection of classic and house drinks, accompanied by a raw seafood-focused snack menu. You’ll feel like you’ve wandered south of the border when you enter Gran Electrica; embrace the feeling with a classic margarita eléctrica, mezcal- and maraschino cherry liqueur-based ¡ay mami! or the hot sauce-laced mi michelada. If you require sustenance for your tequila-fuelled evening, order at will from the Mexican street food-inspired menu.
When I lived in New York more than a decade ago, I never quite imagined the transformation of Dumbo – and most certainly wouldn’t have imagined one of the city’s most eco-conscious hotels would open its doors in this very Brooklyn neighbourhood.
After a long flight, my tiredness was met with the friendly, upbeat faces of the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge staff. Quite a contrast from the can’t-be-bothered nonchalance I’ve grown accustomed to in Paris, the city I currently call home.
Stepping into the hotel, you’re immediately struck by the enormous green vertical garden in the lobby. The soaring space and modern lines are softened by the rustic tones and natural materials that have been carefully chosen to furnish the interiors.
As I check in I notice a huge undulating black sculpture behind the desk – a sculpture, it turns out, by Brooklyn artist Jarrod Beck who created the site-specific piece from rubber strips blown off a rooftop by a tornado in upstate New York. Not your ordinary check-in desk decoration… I’m handed a small round wooden key, constructed from recycled material no doubt, and guided to my room.
Apart from its sweeping views, rugged-yet-inviting interiors, rooftop pool, spacious rooms, and Bamford spa, what really sets 1 Brooklyn – a purpose-built stay where there’s a story behind everything – apart is its commitment to the environment. Forget those friendly reminders to use your towels more than once, in one of the world’s most wasteful industries it was refreshing to find out the hotel is actually powered by wind and planted with vegetation native to the area.
When I stepped into my room, I felt like I was entering my own modern eco-cabin – with no sacrifice in design or comfort, mind. The thoughtful décor pays homage to the surrounding area’s historic industrial roots – I found out later that much of the material was taken from nearby Brooklyn factories – with reclaimed wood and earthy tones used throughout to create a serene space. Its open-plan layout makes the most of the majestic East River views.
It goes without saying that I definitely didn’t find any plastic bottles by my bed. Instead, a bespoke water filter installed in the wall for clean water on tap that you can pour into your bottle-green glass tumblers.
No menus or superfluous papers were in my room either. Instead, next to my bedside I found an iPad programmed with every amenity and service you could possibly need – room service menu is a few taps away; your favourite newspaper at your fingertips.
There isn’t a traditional restaurant as such. Instead there’s a farm stand of sorts, open nearly all day to serve freshly made, locally sourced fare. Should you need a quick trip around the surrounding neighbourhood, there are a few resident Teslas waiting out front to take you where you need to go. I couldn’t resist, so made an excuse to run to the local corner shop just to have a ride in one.
We all try to live better, waste less, contribute more to our local communities – yet somehow when we’re staying in hotels, most of these ideals fly out the window. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, though, is setting a new example in urban hospitality. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before more hotels follow suit.