1 HOTELS, Brooklyn, New York, opening soon | Sustainability in the city has never been so sexy. It was an honour to look around 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge as final touches are being made to its inspired interiors. It's always fantastically humbling to experience a hotel right before launch; seeing a property in the final throes of construction, makes a hotel reviewer realise how much it takes to make a luxury stay tick. Add to that an incredible conscience and convivial community spirit — wow. Brooklyn hasn't seen environmentally responsible hospitality like this before — in fact, not many places have.
A brand new development, this 10-storey eco-minded beauty designed by the NYC architecture studio Incorporated is the fresh flagship for the eco-luxe brand which started with 1 South Beach in Miami and 1 Central Park Midtown. Barry Sternlicht, founder, was the original visionary behind W Hotels, and he declares it the best hotel he's ever created. Standing proud at Pier 1, with Brooklyn Bridge Park on its doorstep, this true Bouteco Hero just below Brooklyn Heights, is next to DUMBO and right by NYC's iconic suspension bridge. Front-row seats mean an uninterrupted view of the East River and that Manhattan skyline, I took the below image from one of the 29 suites through the sliding, floor-to-ceiling windows. (Wait until you see the panoramic perspectives from the pool on the rooftop and the vistas through the floor-to-ceiling glazing of the staggering event spaces.)