Best NYC hotels with pools
There’s a reason Samantha from Sex in the City assumed another identity in order to gain access this ultra posh, members-only club: the rooftop pool. It offers 360 degree views of downtown Manhattan and the Hudson River, and since it’s heated, can be accessed year-round. But when summer does roll around, so do the poolside food and cocktails. Don’t worry, non-members can take a dip too (as long as they’re guests at the hotel, of course).
Ever want to swim laps thousands of feet above NYC? The Mandarin’s indoor, 75-foot lap pool is your dream come true. The floor-to-ceiling windows not only flood the space with natural light, but allow swimmers to take in the stunning views of the skyline and Hudson River. The serenity is so real, you can almost pretend it’s your own private pool. Almost.
This hotel’s biggest draw is its backyard pool and deck, which is outfitted with cozy poolside beds, which can comfortably fit two, candy-colored wall murals, an island-vacation-worthy bar, a house-spinning DJ and, of course, the four-foot-deep lukewarm beauty of a pool. (No matter what room you opt for, we recommend one facing the pool—there’s nothing like seeing the glowing water below you at night to make you forget, for a moment, you’re in New York.)
Located on 42nd floor, this 40-foot pool is enclosed by floor-to-ceiling windows to show off some game-changing views of Central Park. Lounge on the multi-level sundeck during summer months to soak up rays along with plenty of small plates and cocktails. Non-hotel guests can nab a summer membershi ($305 per month) or a day pass ($150) to get full access to the rooftop pool, sundeck, and fitness center.
Zen is the name of the game at The Peninsula’s 22nd floor pool. After a swim, kick back in one of the plush lounges surrounded by rich brown teak columns, black tile, and city views. Non-hotel guests can still access the pool and dining options if they book at least two hours of spa services. Pro tip: the Spa-Cation’s 60-minute facial or massage scores you additional pool time and a bento lunch.
Who says there’s no beach in Manhattan? Not only does this spot boast a 50-foot glass-bottom pool that hangs directly over the lobby, but a 5,000 square-foot pool deck with its own a soft sand beach. Set up camp for the day in one of the 70 Cote D’Azur-inspired chaise lounges while taking advantage of the DJ-spun tunes and full-service bar. You can even book a spa treatment in one of the private poolside cabanas. Life is so hard.
Since taking a dip with Andy Warhol is impossible (at least without being terrifying), SIXTY LES offers the next best thing. The bottom of the hotel’s third-floor pool is covered with a filmstrip-style painting of the artist’s face. The 1,200 square feet cement pond has a strict guests only rule, but outsiders can access the pool parties during the summer. Plus, there’s always the open-to-all beer garden and a Blue Ribbon Sushi just one floor down.
This rooftop plunge pool welcomes its hotel guests and the public to splash in on the fun. And trust us, you’ll want to do just that. The teak-decked SoHo escape is framed by a concrete “halo” roof and has an outdoor shower, comfy chaise lounges and full bar. Known for its popular Summer pool parties, this is one of the hottest places to dip your toes from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Open all year-round (thanks heated pool!), this mini oasis boasts a retractable glass roof and the ultimate picturesque skyline views. Snack on Mediterranean-inspired bites and sip cocktails on the wraparound balconies or secret garden while taking-in tunes and the always trendy crowd.
Good news for those who enjoy swimming, drinking and getting a tan in a luxurious setting: William Vale opened its massive, 60-foot pool to the public this summer. You don't have to shell out the big bucks as a guest to experience the Williamsburg pool amenities: check out the picturesque setting for yourself by reserving an affordable day-pass! On weekends, snag a lounge chair for $45 a day.
With views of Lincoln Center, this swanky rooftop area has a two-level deck with a plunge pool, outdoor shower, and retractable roof. Sunbathe on one of the luxe lounges while sipping cocktails from the pool deck menu. Just make sure to get up there before it closes in September, or you’ll have to wait until the following May to take a dip.
Full disclosure: this is not the pool to frequent when you’re trying to relax. This is a pool party; in fact, it’s technically part of Le Bain’s dancefloor, so depending on your moves, your impromptu dip could very well be on accident. The stunning penthouse location also brings with it unparalleled views of Lower Manhattan and Hudson River, a chaise-lounge lined sundeck, plenty of cocktails, and a DJ soundtracking the entire experience.
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