1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Opens

BROOKLYN, NY—1 Hotels has opened 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. The 10-story hotel was developed by a joint venture partnership between Starwood Capital Group and Toll Brothers City Living, and it was designed by New York-based INC Architecture & Design.

The property has 194 guestrooms, including 29 two- to six-bedroom suites and a presidential suite. The project also has the adjoining new condominium, Pierhouse, which consists of 106 townhouse-style residences designed by Marvel Architects.

The lobby of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge opens to a 25-ft. green wall, featuring steel grating covered in hand-placed plants and creeping vines, created by landscape architecture firm Harrison Green. A two-story industrial spiral staircase is punctuated by a sculpture of obsidian rock boulders wrapped in hand-dyed rope by Rachel Weiss. 

“Confronted with how far Americans were lagging behind in changing our consumption habits, I created 1 Hotels to show sophisticated travelers that they can do good, live well, and connect with both the world and the community around them,” said Barry Sternlicht, 1 Hotels founder and the chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group. “Today, with the opening of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, my vision is now realized. We were able to select every material and develop mindfully, yet the space’s main purpose remains to serve, entertain and inspire with some of the best amenities found in the New York hospitality market.”

The hotel occupies Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85-acre beautification project that stretches 1.3 miles along the East River waterfront. The hotel project originally began in late-2011, however when Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast in 2012, 1 Hotel’s architectural drawings for the Brooklyn Bridge property had just been completed. Due to the damage and destruction, the team was informed the waterfront zoning had changed, requiring 1 Hotels to raise the building by three ft. along with other code changes such as relocating mechanical equipment to the roof. Meanwhile, they could not raise the overall height of the building, which triggered a massive redesign effort. Rather than whitewashing the delay and changes caused by Sandy, the 1 Hotels team opted to “honor the force of nature” by tapping Olivié Ponce, an artist and creator in Bushwick, Brooklyn, to paint a watermark in remembrance of Hurricane Sandy along the walls of the corner suites. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge was built under LEED guidelines.

Guestroom interiors were designed to honor the historical significance of the East River. There is a floor-to-ceiling sliding window that transforms the guestroom into an open-air den with skyline views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. Furnishings include a porous stone-looking table of composite wood, leather chairs and pendant leather lampshades. Many of the design details in the rooms are by local artisans, from the crate-inspired, open-slatted wood closets, corrugated leather headboards to the Fresnel glass light fixtures.

In addition, amenities include a farm stand in the lobby; botanically driven cocktail program by Arley Marks; complimentary rides in Tesla premium electric vehicles; and valet parking for bicycles. There is 24-hour access to the Field House fitness center. 1 Hotels properties are pet friendly with amenities and no fees for visiting pets. There is more than 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Debuting in May 2017, the 4,000-sq.-ft. rooftop will have a 3-ft. lounge pool, full-service bar, fire pits and seating spaces.