If hotels with indoor pools aren’t your top priority when picking a temporary residence in NYC, they should be. There are two things that are notoriously hard to come by here: nice public swimming pools and space in general. The former is often the sign of a great hotel, along with ulta-luxe hotels with spas or the policies of pet-friendly hotels, and these luxurious Manhattan pool scenes within the confines of equally inviting interiors will carry you through the dark, cold times between the warm-weather months. Read on for the best indoor hotel pools in NYC (for when you can’t make it out to hotels on the beach).
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Best hotels with indoor pools in NYC
The Peninsula is undisputedly an international hospitality icon, and its spa is no exception—especially considering its blissful oblong glass-enclosed pool with floor-to-ceiling windows and a bevy of outdoor-inspired wicker seating. It’s a perennial illusion of sunny times, and the only downside is that you’ll need a membership (or a friend who has one), unless you can talk your way into a day pass.
Ah, another luxury hotel pool with massive windows, a copious food-and-drink menu for the poolside area and sweeping views of Central Park, nothing to see here. Off-season day passes (including fitness privileges) will run you a cool $100, but as any Manhattanite can relate and attest to, desperate times call for desperate measures.
It’s not often that you’ll come across a Côte d’Azur–inspired indoor pool complete with chrome-and-white cabanas and a checkered floor beneath the crystal-clear water, but there’s always the Baccarat. Granted, it’s for guests only, but all the more reason to book a night or two and bask in the lap of luxury on a staycation—all in the name of pool romping.
The Mandarin Oriental doesn’t mess around when it comes to its pool game. The 75-foot lap pool is perfectly suited to professional swimmers (or aficionados) and also boasts panoramic views of the Hudson River. Like the other Midtown five-stars on this list, the Mandarin’s pool is accompanied by access to a state-of-the-art gym and health program, but it all comes at the price of a room; no memberships or guest passes here.
The Park Hyatt’s 25th-floor Spa Nalai is the best spa pool experience. With a eucalyptus steam room, six treatment suites and a hydrotherapy pool, this oasis is as blissful as they come. Gain access by either purchasing a spa treatment or booking at least one night in the hotel—either way, the experience is worth the expense.
Richard DeNiro’s ultra-exclusive Tribeca hotel is home to Shibui Spa, otherwise known as one of the best places to relax in NYC. It’s so exclusive, in fact, that unless you’re a guest, you’ll only be granted a 30-minute dip session with the booking of a spa treatment. Or you could just book a room and lounge poolside to your heart’s content.
AKA’s 56th Street location takes the cake in terms of chic, modern design, and the cozy lounge chairs only up the ante. This spot also offers a fitness center in conjunction with its aquatic amenities, but access to one side or another requires a room key and a room key only—no guest passes are available.
This Park Avenue mainstay is the definition of posh, and its opulent ambiance trickles all the way down to its Wellness Center, which is comprised of a luxe spa, a Turkish hammam, a semi-warm relaxation area, an experiential shower and of course, a 799-square-foot lap pool area, all surrounded by marble in some form or another. The Wellness Center in its entirety is available to hotel guests only.
Park Avenue’s most scene-y rooftop pool setting is abuzz all summer long, but what most don’t know is that throughout the rest of the year, the indoor portion of the space remains open as a means of keeping swimmers appeased until the warm weather’s return. This pool is available to hotel guests only during off season.