1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge New York City review: Chic eco luxe with killer views

With reclaimed wood everywhere, a living plant wall, rough-hewn marble sinks and an infectious earthy vibe throughout, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is the ultimate 5-star paradise with sustainable credentials.

The Lowdown:

An eco chic and Hygge-like number with incredible views of the Downtown Manhattan skyline, and as the name suggests, of the magnificent Brooklyn Bridge.

It's in the perfect location: close to the mad and electric beating heart of New York, but just far enough way to relax when 'me time' beckons.

Dumbo ferry terminal is right next to the hotel should you want to arrive by boat via the East River (or private yacht) and High Street and York Street subway stations are eight and 11 minutes’ walk, respectively.

Blissfully lush: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Lobby
Blissfully lush: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Lobby

But the hotel's style is the major sell. Natural to a T, it's MT-inspired brand seamlessly blends inside and out. From the living wall crowning the beautifully lit lobby, to the moss-covered distressed wood in the bathrooms, One Hotel is Brooklyn's glorified advert for industrial luxe: think exposed pipes, hanging spruces, countless #plantproblems and the most glorious metallic lamps all designed by New York-based firm INC Architecture & Design.

There are floor-to-ceiling windows from the entrance to the bedrooms, 90% of the furniture is reclaimed (including original heart pine beams from the former Domino Sugar Factory and walnut from the Brooklyn Botanical Garden) and the hotel operates entirely on wind power.

Oh, and did we mention it also uses a rain water reclamation system to irrigate neighbouring Brooklyn Bridge park? To sum it all up, the feel is trendy as well as frightfully eco-conscious - and in a good way.

If that's not enough to sway you, Gwyneth Paltrow recently visited and shared her stay on Instagram.

The Rooms:

All very chilled. Space is plentiful, colour palettes are freshly serene and clean, and the large windows offer up some of the most epic views of the city.

The majority of what's inside has all been naturally sourced - special shout out to the storage space, stylish bed frames and uber comfy hemp mattresses. An iPad sits on the bedside table, which comes in handy for room service, changing the room temperature and arranging the next day's shopping trip.

Views for days: Corner Suites feature a hammock with staggering views of the NYC skyline
Views for days: Corner Suites feature a hammock with staggering views of the NYC skyline

Just so you know, the entire space adopts the hotel topic du jour: an open-plan arrangement. Showers and restrooms are tastefully hidden away, thanks to some rather attractive iron partitions and a moss-covered cupboard separates the bathroom from the living quarters. The triple filtered tap that spurts out three-times filtered (and free) water is also another nice touch.

Best room? The Corner Suite with the Instagrammble hammock overlooking Manhattan and the bridge. You get the picture.

Food & Drink:

Scandi Lagom vibes abound in the hotel's cafe, Neighbors. Everything's inviting, homely, and dare we say it, ove- friendly (but there's nothing wrong with that in this day and age).

The all day dining menu is Millennial in every sense of the word, with the likes of avo with pickled radishes and coriander on grainy toast, raw veggie salads and acai berry smoothies making an appearance. Standout is the coffee, filtered and brewed with farm-fresh beans hailing all the way from Columbia.

Elsewhere, you'll find the much celebrated and far more American Osprey. Comfort food is at the heart of the restaurant's seasonal and ever-changing menu and it's hands down one of the prettiest farm-to-table restaurants in the boroughs. Don't check out without devouring the weekend brunch. It's lush.

Eco conscious: The Insta-friendly living plant wall
Eco conscious: The Insta-friendly living plant wall

Things to do:

Get boozy by the rooftop pool. Advice: go early, especially in the summer months when the place is packed out with tequila-searching New Yorkers and 'gram crazy influencers. Just like your room, the views offer top notch cityscapes, and with the pool in the background, you'll get the holiday snap that's guaranteed to make all your comrades boil with green, green jealousy.

Downstairs in the basement you'll stumble upon the Bamford Haybarn Spa. Expect a host of holistic treatments using top notch natural restorative ingredients. FYI, the mani-pedi is a must if you're staying during the winter months.

If that's not your thing, head outside and jog down the river for breathtaking panoramas of One World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty.

The Highs:

The free apples and hot chocolate. Seriously.

Industrial splendour: The hotel's reception area
Industrial splendour: The hotel's reception area

The Lows:

Not all the rooms come with a view of the Bridge and skyline, so it's best to check before you book. Smokers might also have a hard time knowing they can't puff away within 20 metres of the building either. Other than that, we left with absolutely no complaints.

Best for: millennials with cash to splash, hippies clinging on to their 60s best life and glam business types.

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, 60 Furman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Doubles from $400 per night