1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
What We Love
- Hammocks with East River views in the Skyline One-Bedroom Suite
- Lady Liberty is visible from the rooftop plunge pool
- Complimentary Tesla rides, ready to take you within a three-mile radius of the hotel
- The picnic-inspired menu at Neighbors, the ground-level café
What To Know
- The eco-friendly hotel is entirely powered by wind energy
- You can Zen out in your room, thanks to on-demand meditation videos and yoga mats.
- The five-minute hourglass timer in your rain shower is a gentle nudge towards water conservation
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
With its cobblestoned streets, warehouse-laden past, and legacy of great artistry, Dumbo (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, for those who don’t speak New Yorker) has remained an intriguing base from which to gaze at the Big Apple. The 1 Hotel brand’s third property (the first to be built from the ground up), an ode to its creative surroundings, makes a thoughtful case for setting up camp on the periphery of Manhattan. You’ll sleep easy knowing the hotel is serious about sustainability, a commitment that surfaces in a myriad of innovative forms. For starters, a majority of the property’s furniture is crafted from refurbished pine, which once belonged to the Coney Island boardwalk. Then there’s an eye-catching sculpture behind the reception desk, remnants of roof shingles that survived a tornado in upstate New York. The kombucha bottles in your minibar (and the farm stand in the lobby) are a reminder that you’re in hipster haven, though you’ll likely be more distracted by a host of dazzling natural-meets-industrial details including green-glass bottles fashioned into water cups in your room and a 25-foot living wall in the airy, light-speckled entrance.
In the Area
You’re just five minutes away from the Dumbo ferry terminal (and over five subway lines), your gateway to Manhattan, but you may not want to leave your scenic surrounds—bustling Pier 1 and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Other longstanding gems include a restored 1920s merry-go-round in Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York City’s oldest whiskey distillery, and a nearly century-old diner housed in a retro railcar, where the grass-fed burgers remain consistent crowd-pleasers. Also not to miss: a creamy all-natural scoop at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory drizzled with hot fudge so decadent, it’s inspired many to hike across a certain bridge.
How to Get There
My husband and I stayed for 4 nights in mid-April.
Pro: Our room was clean, we had no issues with the staff, view of the city was gorgeous. Hard to beat location with lots of shopping, restaurants and easy to get to Manhattan.
Con: Hotel halls & room are very dark, room is VERY small - barely a foot on each side of the bed & maybe 2-3 at the foot. No one else mentioned it but the bathroom is not a room at all - separated from the bed by a thin corrugated metal (?) "wall" of about 4' in height. The toilet has frosted glass around it but there is zero privacy and noise is a problem if someone is trying to sleep, or even if you are not. While the view is great because of the way the hotel is built the rooms in the other wing looked into our unit - and ours into theirs, so the curtains were mostly kept closed. Didn't feel we got much value for our money here - nearly $2000. Doubtful would stay again and don't recommend
There are some great things about 1Hotel, BB; there are more things that are not so great. Its aims and intentions are laudable: eco-friendly, green, conservation, reclaimed this, re-purposed that... all well and good. The living wall of plants in the high-ceilinged, atrium/lobby is beautiful. The high-end art books dotted around, the extremely comfortable, achingly laid-back "oh look we're in a style magazine" vibe... the dancing car (yes, a Tesla)...The view from the bar on 10th is awesome. The infrastructure, though, is beginning to fall apart. A crack appeared in the stone floor of the shower cubicle in my room, ventilator grilles popped out and fell from the overhead aircon in the restaurant area, glass lightbulbs burst above us. Communication, too, is abysmal. Between guests and room service, between hotel staff and room service and guests, between Managers and guests, Managers and staff, Managers and Managers... Messages, (requests, offers of help, assurances) are either forgotten, ignored or not conveyed. The In-room telephones often do not work. Hotel staff and others entered my room on more than one occasion even though the Do Not Disturb sign was switched on. MY USB STICK WAS LEFT IN A POOL OF SOY SAUCE Most staff I spoke with were wonderful; genuinely friendly and caring in spite of being very overworked and underpaid. SOMEONE MELTED HOLES IN MY JAPANESE RAINCOAT The fully-equipped screening room on the lower ground floor is excellent and the hotel does put a lot of effort into making the place look absolutely wonderful (it is a very popular wedding venue), the complimentary apple cider/hot chocolate by the elevators was a generous touch as was the hand-crafted Gingerbread House. Soundproofing between the bedrooms could be vastly improved and I am alarmed at the (only waist-high) glass "safety panel" surrounding the rooftop party bar (on the 11th floor) See you another time, 1Hotels.
Pros: Just enjoyed a 3-night stay at 1 Hotel. We were given a room on the 10th floor and the bridge view alone was worth the rather pricey rate. Even better, the floor to ceiling window opens up so you can enjoy an in-room balcony. The aesthetics were very well done - urban/industrial feel, but quite luxurious at the same time. The rooms are kept spotlessly clean and well stocked. Nespresso and tea available with real cream, robes, full length mirror, and good quality toiletries. The staff were VERY friendly and professional. Wes greeted us at the door and Roody was fantastic in making us a late dinner reservation.
Cons: Unfortunately, our room was just adjacent to the 10th floor bar - so there was loud club music until 2am. The wifi and cellular service was really poor in the location. I'm not sure if this is typical, but we had a really hard time getting cabs and ubers over the weekend. We even had cab drivers refuse to take us back to the area from Barclays - as if the traffic in that corner was not worth the hassle.
Overall, pros far outweighed the cons and we would definitely return.
My family of four had the pleasure of staying at this hotel, and were very comfortable with the size of our room. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. This location has an amazing view of the NY city skyline, and is within walking distance to a number of metro lines. There are a number of excellent restaurants close by, and multiple parks where you can relax. The hotel was very clean and modern, and it even smells great. They have a great gym on site, and the rooftop pool provides an unbeatable view of the city. Definitely recommend this hotel for a family.
I just spent a weekend with a group of friends in Brooklyn , NY and we enjoyed 2 nights at this hotel. The hotel itself is superbly located , with amazing amenities ( workout room , spa, screening room, rooftop patio and bar with a great view, restaurant and cafe) and most importantly every one of their staff team is courteous, professional and truly interested in making your stay there exceed your expectations.
Special mention to Ruddy who went the extra mile to make my stay extra memorable.