A Sign of The Changing Times? 1 Hotels Gets Resurrected
Last week, several possible hotel projects were released for the upcoming redevelopment of the Brooklyn Bridge Park area and amongst all the developers and their fancy architect teams competing for the gig, an eagle-eyed tipster pointed out one of the most interesting ones--1 Hotels.
You all remember 1 Hotels right? From Starwood Capital's Barry Sternlicht, formerly of Starwood Hotels? The dreams for the new eco-conscious luxury brand died when the economy collapsed and all that was left was a big hole in Seattle.
But the times must be a-changing because Starwood Capital is dusting off the plans for 1 Hotel yet again. The proposed 1 Hotel, designed by Bernheimer Architects, looks very Standard NYC-inspired (in that it's very boxy) although its location right on the waterfront is very cool. The hotel will have about 170-225 hotel rooms, a restaurant (The Brooklyn Park Brasserie), a cafe (The Daily Bread), a spa, a mini-farmer's market stall right out front and some residences.
Judging from exterior alone, there's nothing that really wows us about the 1 Hotel. Then again, we've long suspected it's what will be inside the 1 Hotel brand that will make them stand out.
But 1 has got some serious competition as Le Meridien, Marriott Autograph Collection, Dream Hotels, Hyatt and Westin have all thrown their hat and fancy design teams in the ring too. For a look at what hotel brand put forth, peruse the slideshow on the NY Observer here. For the real developer and hotel nerds, the full PDF is here.
We're hoping 1 Hotels wins the project here because, duh, we're excited to see what 1 Hotels will put forth and God knows this city has enough Hyatt, Marriotts and Starwood Hotels already. But we can't help but wonder...could they try to be a little more inspired with the design?