Inn-coming: Controversial Brooklyn Bridge Park hotel opening in February

Moving inn: A rendering of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Park.
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The Brooklyn Bridge Park hotel is checking in.

The controversial 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge — best known to locals for blocking views of the famous bridge from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade — will open to guests in February, owner 1 Hotels announced on Wednesday.

The 194-key luxury lodging at Pier 1 — part of the equally controversial Pierhouse condominium complex — will include a rooftop pool and cocktail bar, a yoga studio, spa, private screening room, and a restaurant run by celebrity chef Seamus Mullen.

A stay at the swanky waterfront inn runs from $394 per night for a room with a king bed to $825 for a one-bedroom suite with views of the Manhattan skyline. Guests can also opt to stay at their own private “Riverhouse” — a presidential suite with two king bedrooms that will become available at a later date, according to the hotel’s website.

But part of the hotel will open sooner than February — its event space is slated to open around Thanksgiving this year, according to a Brooklyn Bridge Park spokeswoman.

The hotel is one of several in-park private developments that honchos say are necessary to fund the meadow’s maintenance, but neighbors haven’t been so welcoming to the intrusion on their open space.

Local activists filed a lawsuit last year charging that the hotel’s rooftop bar and bulkheads exceed the park’s building-height cap, and are obstructing vistas of the Brooklyn Bridge from Brooklyn Heights.

A judge threw the suit out, saying they weren’t breaking any rules, but not before acknowledging that the building does look “simply too large.”

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