From girls trips and guys getaways, to baecations and family escapes, there’s enough wanderlust for everyone. But if you’re anything like me, sometimes your crew isn’t just made up of two-legged members. Our pets are family members, without question, and they deserve a vacation too!
My bougie French Bulldog, Pepper, loves being pampered, so while I was on the hunt for a pet-friendly staycation moment for the two of us, I found a gem fit for a supreme diva and her furry four-legged companion. It’s called 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge and let me just tell you, our mother-(fur) baby moment was lit.
There’s no doubt that Brooklyn, NY is one of the country’s most trendy destinations, so naturally it would play home to one of the city’s hottest new hotels. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is the perfect place to spend some quality time with your furry loved one. Don’t believe me? Let me introduce you to your pup’s new favorite place.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is a natural sanctuary in the heart of the concrete jungle and features 194 guest rooms, 28 suites, 24-hour Fieldhouse fitness center, 50-person screening room, grab-and-go café, complimentary wifi, access to a Tesla premium electric vehicle for complimentary rides within a 3-mile radius of the hotel and an outdoor rooftop bar and lounge with firepits and unobstructed views of Manhattan. The Bridge King Suite, which is the room we stayed in, has a large sliding window that opens up to views of the Brooklyn Bridge, perfect for pups that need scenery with their naps, and comes with a mini iPad to control the room as well as give you a guide to the are. Got to love tech friendly hotels!
But all of those goodies were for mommy and Pepper was the real V.I.P. on this stay. These days it’s hard to find hotels open to pets, but 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge wants your pet to know from the door that they are welcome (free of charge). That’s why there are water bowls at the front entrance to cool your dog down from their journey. Once you’re checked in, your room is outfitted with everything your dog needs like a plush dog bed (Pepper preferred my bed though. *insert side-eye*), food bowls and yummy dog treats (they come in a variety of flavors like PB&J).
Need to leave your pet for a while to meet up with friends or take a meeting? No worries! They offer a dog-friendly concierge team with information about Brooklyn’s best dog parks, pet shops, grooming salons, regular neighborhood “yappy-hour” events and more. They will even babysit or walk your pet, for a fee. Don’t have a dog? You’re still welcome! 1 Hotel is ready to accommodate pets of all kinds.
The hotel isn’t the only dog-friendly place in the area. You and your fur-baby can spend the day running in the park before grabbing a quick bite at Luke’s Lobster, Shake Shack, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria or any of the other cafes and restaurants literally steps from the hotel’s front door (most have outdoor seating so your dog can dine too). Go shopping at trendy boutiques that line the cobble stoned streets in the area before picking a spot to sit and watch the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline light up together just as the sun sets.
Like any parent, after a full day on the go you might need a break from your baby, no matter how cute they are. That’s why the rooftop at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is the perfect escape. It’s a two feet only zone boasting expansive views of the Manhattan skyline, a plunge pool and lounge space to relax with a crafted cocktail and eats while you vibe out to the awesome DJ. Got a few friends in the area? Invite them to join you since the rooftop opens to the public in the afternoons.
But what makes 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge a truly unique staycation experience is the care they take to make sure their brand is healthy for you, your pet and he environment. There are many hotels calling themselves eco-friendly, sporting seals and certificates as proof. But 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge doesn’t just have a fancy seal. Fifty-four percent of the materials used in the build of the hotel were reclaimed or acquired from regional, sustainable sources and the property as a whole also uses 100 percent wind power energy. It’s literally green, starting with the 25ft “green wall” in the lobby that’s covered in hand-placed plants and creeping vines.
Each room and suite has a living moss and miniature green garden, plush hemp-blend mattresses by Keetsa wrapped in 100% organic sheets, a tap which pours triple clear filtered water and 5-minute hourglass timers in the showers to remind guests to conserve water. Yoga mats can be found in your room, as well as on demand meditation programs and a fitness center.
Neighbors’ Café makes fresh juices and healthy treats daily for both you and your dog. There’s even a lobby farmstand offering free fresh fruits, nuts, granola and more to guests and locals, as well as an area where anyone can pick flowers, plants and herbs to create their own green space.
By the end of our stay, Pepper and I were officially 1 Hotel fans for life. From the staff, to the rooms, amenities and more, this staycation was one to remember and definitely exceeded my expectations. Definitely looking forward to trying another location soon, because a puppy and me getaway to 1 Hotel South Beach sounds like a great idea!
60 Furman Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201