1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
Reclaimed and local materials reign supreme (and stylishly so) at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, with 54% of the construction materials being reclaimed or from the region. They used walnut from the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and heart pine beams from an old sugar factory, for example. But that’s not even half of the eco-conscious, sustainable efforts made here. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge uses 100% wind power energy, low-energy light bulbs and recycling – everywhere. There’s even a rainwater system that will redirect water to irrigate the nearby park. And if that wasn’t enough, they even donate a percentage from in-room dining and the mini-bar sales to humanitarian charity, Action Against Hunger.
That’s all reason enough to visit; guests here basically get a contact shine from so much eco-mindedness. But it’s got just as much style as substance. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is one of the pioneers of “ecoluxury”. So if you’re used to high-end amenities with your hotel stay, you’ll be more than a little pleased with the offerings here. There are 55-inch LCD TVs, marble bathrooms, soft 100% organic cotton sheets and custom-made beds.
The decor, meanwhile, showcases the work of local artisans, like the Fresnel glass light fixtures, as well as everything from corrugated leather headboards to coffee tables crafted from cross-sections of wood. But that’s the interiors. Part of the character of the rooms is found in looking out the windows.
A word about the views: they’re amazing. The Bridge King room has a large sliding window that opens up to, you guessed it, the Brooklyn Bridge, while the Liberty King looks out over the water towards the Statue of Liberty. And if you up the room ante and opt for the Skyline Suite you get unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline. All this and a gold star for eco-consciousness? There’s no downside.