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The best NYC hotels with pools

Ready to make a serious splash or relax waterside? Take a dip at the best NYC hotels with pools

By Dorkys Ramos

The best NYC hotels with pools have solved a very simple equation: best rooftop bars + best swimming pools = an extremely blissful stay. And since scoring water-filled real estate in NYC is no easy feat, let’s just say certain spots have really elevated their game. Dive right into jaw-dropping skyline views and poolside summer drinks at the swankiest hotel pools in the city. Spoiler alert: you don’t have to wait until it’s summer in NYC to make a splash.

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Best NYC hotels with pools

hotels with pools
Photograph: Soho House/Poul Ober

1. Soho House

Hotels Boutique hotels Chelsea

There’s a reason Samantha from Sex and 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).

Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Photograph: Courtesy Mandarin Oriental Hotel

2. Mandarin Oriental New York

Hotels Chain hotels Hell's Kitchen

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.

Photograph: Courtesy McCarren Hotel and Pool

3. McCarren Hotel & Pool

4 out of 5 stars
Hotels Boutique hotels Williamsburg

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.)

Le Parker Meridien
Photograph: Courtesy Le Parker Meridien

4. Le Parker Meridien

Hotels Chain hotels Midtown West

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 membership or a day pass to get full access to the rooftop pool, sundeck, and fitness center, although it ain't cheap.

The Peninsula New York
Photograph: Courtesy The Peninsula New York

5. The Peninsula New York

Hotels Chain hotels Midtown East

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.

Photograph: Courtesy Dream Downtown

6. Dream Downtown

Hotels Boutique hotels Chelsea

Talk about living the dream. Downtown is where you'll find the answer to yours, with added beach. That's right, Dream has its own sandy stretch in amongst the 5,000 square-foot pool deck. Soyou can pretend you're at the beach, when really you'll be meters above Manhattan. And in case you needed a relaity check while you're there, the pool has a glass bottom that looks down into the hotel lobby. Gulp. Wind down with a spa treatment in the poolside cabanas.

Sixty LES
Photograph: Courtesy Sixty LES

7. Sixty Lower East Side

Hotels Boutique hotels Lower East Side

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.

The James New York
Photograph: Courtesy The James

8. The James New York

Hotels Boutique hotels Soho

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.


9. Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC

Hotels Boutique hotels Meatpacking District

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.

The William Vale
Photograph: Courtesy The William Vale

10. William Vale

4 out of 5 stars
Hotels Boutique hotels

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 a fee.


11. Empire Hotel

Hotels Boutique hotels Upper West Side

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.

12. Le Bain at The Standard Highline

Hotels Chain hotels Meatpacking District

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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