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1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Review

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It can be difficult to book a comfortable and peaceful hotel for your stay in New York, which is famous for its small living spaces and noisy, busy streets. This article reviews some of the more comfortable, convenient and unique spaces available hotels in New York, outlining their amenities, location, and main features. Luxury traditional hotels and modern quirky hotels are compared to ecologically friendly hotels, and we will first consider the 1 otel Brooklyn Bridge.

What Is the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge?

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1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is an ecologically-friendly hotel which gives you splendid views of the East River, or the Statute of Liberty and the downtown skyline. It has ten storeys containing 194 rooms and suites. The rooms are spacious with floor to ceiling  windows, and there is free WIFI. There is a 24 hour reception and room service is also available.  

There is good quality food on hand, which has been sourced locally, in three distinctive dining areas and a 24 hour Field House center for fitness activities at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge The guest rooms and public area of 1 hotel Brooklyn Bridge feature reclaimed wood, organic mattresses and bed linen and each room has live green elements such as moss gardens and live plants.

Product Specs

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Spacious rooms, with free Wifi and a 24-hour fitness centre is available for guests at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. Fitness centre includes a plunge pool and boxing studio and a full range of fitness programs which include POE hot yoga and high intensity training sessions. The on-site holistic spa offers a range of nature inspired treatments including men’s facials and massage inspired by natural organic products.

There is a range of dining areas, including the Osprey, which highlights American comfort food and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as brunch at the weekends. The more informal Neighbors Cafe is open from 6am until 7pm and offers a wide range of smaller meals. Snacks are also available at the Social Club which offers craft cocktails and live DJ’s in the evenings. The rooftop terrace at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge has the best panoramic view of the city and is open every day from 12pm to 12 am and offers drinks and snacks.

There is a unique food feature in the lobby which is open to guests and neighbors of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Hotel, and that is the Farmstand, where you can purchase fresh fruit, nuts and granola. There is a 50-person screening room and a take away cafe serving freshly prepared food.

Meeting and function rooms are available with a ballroom which can be used for weddings and anniversary celebrations. The meeting rooms have state-of-the-art meeting facilities and a capacity of 50-500 people. The special Meadow Rue room can hold 400 people seated and 600 standing, and the 5000 square feet Social Space has natural lighting and elegant design which can be adapted for your needs. There is 2000 square feet of meeting space on the second floor with sound and wifi connectivity, and the Screening room can hold up to 50 people and is served by a HD projector.

Pricing

Rooms at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge are available from $250 to $350 per night. 

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.  

  • Yotel
  • Lotte New York Palace
  • Crowne Plaza Times Square

Price

Rooms at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Hotel begin at  around $250 per night.

Check In (4 out of 5 Stars)

4/5

The 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Hotel is renowned for its friendly and efficient check in.

Amenities (4 out of 5 Stars)

4/5

The 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Hotel has several options for eating and relaxing throughout the day and evening. Restaurants and a rooftop terrace all provide food and beverages throughout the day. There is a Farmstand available in the lobby which sells locally produced fruit and nuts. 24-hour room service is also provided, with fresh food prepared for you whenever you need it to eat in the privacy of your room. 

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge has a 24-Hour Fitness center which offers POE hot yoga, intensive fitness sessions, a boxing studio and a plunge pool. A great venue for meetings and private functions, the 1 Hotel Bridge Hotel has a ballroom which can be booked for weddings and anniversaries and social events, with a customizable menu available. There are meeting rooms available for 50-500 people, seated or standing, with personalized menu options available. 

A large screening room which seats 50 people and has a HD Projector screen offers privacy for guests wishing to share presentations. Holistic spa treatments are available on site, and there is a pool and spa with wheelchair access for rooms.There is also an option for smoking or non-smoking rooms.

Design Quality (5 out of 5 Stars)

5/5

Sleek, elegant design with a thoroughly modern feel to the interiors, which feature reclaimed wood and organic materials.

Location (5 out of 5 Stars)

5/5

Great location close to Brooklyn Bridge. Eight miles from La Guardia Airport. 

PROS

  • Great views
  • Pet friendly
  • Accessible
  • Minibar and refrigerator in each room
  • Family rooms available
  • Mixed views of level of customer service
  • Great for walking to local attractions
  • Flexible meeting spaces with special menus

CONS

  • Overpriced
  • Dining areas not family friendly
  • Slow room service
  • Mixed reviews on level of staff service

Yotel

This hotel is situated in the center of  New York just 20 minutes walk from Central Station. It features smart adjustable beds in “cabins” with luxury bedding, with tvs available in all rooms and relaxing rain showers and with mood lighting. Fast and efficient computerized check in services. Reception is located on Level 4, which also has a gym and studio for events, There are complimentary  domestic calls and WIFI. Fully accessible for wheelchairs and full air conditioning with non-smoking rooms and suites available. 

Price

Rooms from $150 per night, with the Viking Suite available for around $750 per night.

Check In (5 out of 5 Stars)

5/5

Fast computerized check in, which is done in small booths, where you enter your details and collect your key. 

Amenities (5 out of 5 Stars)

5/5

Three eating areas, including a full-service restaurant, outdoor terrace, deluxe lounge bar, and work stations in their Business Area, which has cubicles with computers with internet access. There are private meeting rooms available and coffee bar and lounge and a roof top terrace. The hotel also has a 186 square metre event room which can hold 150 people and is well equipped with super-fast WIFI and audio, visual and lighting options.

DESIGN (5 out of 5 Stars)

5/5

Modern design which maximizes the use of space. 

Location (5 out of 5 Stars)

5/5

Central location, a one hour taxi ride from both JFK and La Guardia airports and a 20-minute walk from Central Station. Two blocks away from the Port Authority and near Times Square.

PROS

  • Comfortable, adjustable beds
  • Good quality eating spaces
  • Roof top terrace
  • Large venue for events available
  • Dry cleaning service

CONS

  • Small rooms
  • Hidden facility fee of $40 charged without warning
  • Overcharging, or charging customers more than once for a room booking a recurring complaint

Lotte New York Palace

A new-Renaissance building with old style elegance and a 55-storey high tower hotel of a contemporary design. Both buildings have excellent views of St Cathedral. Located in a busy area of Midtown, it is within easy reach of the centre of Mid-town East. Mainly aimed at business users, there are 30 interconnected rooms unavailable for families. 

There is touch screen climate control in rooms in the Tower, and an in-house bakery as well as event spaces. An exclusive cocktail bar for 25 guests, and a dining room with antique chandeliers are just two of the available spaces that can be booked. Uniformed doormen and multi-lingula concierge’s available at the reception desk who know the city well

Price

Rooms start at $450 but this does not include breakfast.

Check In (3 out of 5 Stars)

3/5

Easy and straightforward check in although staff on reception desk can appear snobbish.

Amenities (3 out of 5 Stars)

3/5

Air-conditioned rooms, with paid WIFI and minibar. Non-smoking rooms and meeting rooms available. Room service and fitness centre with workout rooms. Accessible for wheelchairs but no pool or spa. It has 5 eating and drinking areas with the famous Gilt covered Bar room in the main building. It also has a large lobby with two bars and antique chandeliers and many other period features dotted around the hotel.

Design Quality (5 out of 5 Stars)

5/5

A unique combination of old style and contemporary design, with many style points for its pseudo Renaissance features in the form of wall hangings, furniture and layout. There is a large lobby area with two bars and old fashioned lifts, and the tower offers more contemporary designed rooms.    

Location (5 out of 5 Stars)

5/5

A 10-minute walk from Times Square or Central Park, and easy reach of Subways 2,3, and 4. Five miles from La Guardia airport. A shopping mecca on the doorstep with the premier boutiques of Madison Avenue right outside.

PROS

  • Unique combination of styles
  • Large choice in dining areas and bars
  • Good location for shopping
  • Exclusive 25 seater cocktail bar
  • In-house bakery
  • Uniformed staff and doormen
  • Multilingual concierges
  • Mainly focused on business travelers and retirees

CONS

  • Busy location
  • Rooms vary in size
  • Expensive
  • Overpriced room service
  • Mixed customer service reviews

Crowne Plaza Times Square

The location is the best feature of this hotel, as it is based in the middle of Times Square within easy reach of all the theaters and entertainment venues. The rooms are not spacious but adequately sized with amazing views and decorated in a modern style. It has 795 rooms.

There is one of the largest fitness gyms available in the area, which is 29,000 square feet in total with a lap pool, and all the regular fitness gym workout facilities including treadmills, elliptical machines, rowing machines, stair steppers and rowing machines.  The gym also holds regular spin classes, fitness classes and offers personal training sessions. 

The Crowne Plaza Times Square has 28 meeting rooms and 2 ballrooms, with its largest venue holding up to 700 guests. Perfect for intimate Board meetings or VIP guests or larger full scale events. They have a dedicated Crowne Plaza Meetings Director to help you organize your event and a series of online tools to manage your plans. There are special banquet and event menus and a 2 hour response time to enquiries about your event or function, it is part of the Intercontinental group chain and IHG points can be redeemed.

Price

Rooms available from $265 per night.

Check In (4 out of 5 Stars)

4/5

Difficult to get in to the check-in area on the first floor on entering the hotel, at busy times as there is usually a crowd of people tying to check out with queues at the reception desk.

Amenities (4 out of 5 Stars)

4/5

There is a laundry service available and free WIFI and air conditioning, but there is no fridge. There is also a pool and large fitness space with all gym machines and spin and fitness classes and private training sessions available. HD TV and coffee makers in each room.

Design Quality (3 out of 5 Stars)

3/5

Modern decor, double-glazed windows, but an old hotel with thin walls with virtually no sound proofing.  

Location (5 out of 5 Stars)

5/5

Great location in Times Square, which is in central Midtown Manhattan. Located close to Penn Metro subway station and the N/R/Q train lines. The Jacob Javits Convention Center is less than 1 mile away and it is convenient for China Town, SoHo, Carnegie Hall and all major theaters. It is a short walk to Central Park, the Museum of Modern Art and Fifth Avenue shopping areas.

PROS

  • Great location
  • Friendly bar staff
  • Great views

CONS

  • Hotel decor shows sign of war and tear
  • Thin walls with no sound proofing
  • Unreliable level of cleanliness
  • Mixed reviews of customer service
  • They no longer have room service available

Conclusion

We have given the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge a four star rating hotel overall, with its high-end luxury organic furnishings and multiple options for meetings and private functions, as well as a nature-inspired bar, 24-hour access Fitness Center, yoga classes, boxing studio and great dining areas. Its tendency to overcharge its guests and its slightly unreliable level of cleanliness means we can only give it four stars, but overall it is the best for relaxing and business with state-of-the-art facilities in a sustainable living environment.  

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