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The best hotel and rooftop pools in NYC

Take a dip and and enjoy the views at one of these hotel and rooftop pools in NYC you can actually go to (for a fee)

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver
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When NYC's sidewalks seem to be melting your shoes and your legs stick to the taxi's leather seats, it's time to cool off. And as we do every year, New Yorkers take to public swimming pools to keep cool. But when we're looking for something a little bit more adult, hanging poolside with a cocktail in hand is the answer. Several of New York’s finest hotels offer day passes for their rooftop pools, most of which include chaises and cabanas for lounging in addition to a full-service bar. The combination of two of New York's favorite things—swimming pools and rooftop bars—creates an elevated summer oasis worth throwing down some cash for. Make sure to cross one, if not all, of these pool off your things to do in the summer bucket list.

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Best rooftop pools in NYC

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This hotel glass-bottom pool setup resembles a Hamptons oasis, which is complete with sand imported from the popular vacation spot as well as private cabanas with flat-screen TV's. Relax in the lounge while sipping on a cold drink from a poolside party package before floating on an inflatable unicorn. The pool deck is open 11am-6pm Sunday and Monday, 11am-10pm Tuesday-Thursday and 11am-11pm Friday and Saturday, weather permitting. You can purchase a day pass ahead of time for two people and two chaise loungers for $80 (Monday-Wednesday), $100 (Thursday and Friday) or $150 (Saturday and Sunday). Cabana reservations can be made by emailing nydreamdtevents@taogroup.com (pricing available upon request).

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Good news for Williamsburg residents who enjoy swimming, drinking and getting a tan in a luxurious setting: The William Vale boasts a 60-foot heated pool that is open to the public seven days a week during the summer (8am-8pm). Check out the picturesque setting for yourself by reserving a day pass (morning and afternoon day passes are $150). Groups up to six should spring for a cabana ($650), for three, you can book a daybed or lounge for $450, and for two people a pergola is available for $300.

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The Rockaway Hotel + Spa’s outdoor heated pool is officially open for the season. Surrounded by loungers and cabanas, the buzzy outdoor pool area features DJ spin sets, and craft cocktails complete with a full menu. For just $40 for non-hotel guests, pool passes are available Monday-Friday and includes access to the infrared sauna, lounge spaces, towels, and robes. Cabanas are also available to rent and come complete with towel service and a designated server. 

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  • Williamsburg

The Williamsburg Hotel boasts a pool and high-top lounge offering unobstructed views of Manhattan’s skyline. When you need to relax after swimming laps, enjoy sipping martinis and champagne at Water Tower Bar—an elevated, sky-high drinkery. While the rooftop pool and lounge is open daily for hotel guests exclusively, it's open to visitors beginning at noon. Table reservations are required starting at 7pm. You can reserve your spot here. Cabanas range in price, so email pool@thewilliamsburghotel.com

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Make a splash in Long Island City at the Summer Club, formerly the Profundo Day Club, where DJs will be spinning tunes all season during special events as you float and drink in its 4-foot-deep pool. It's open seven days a week noon-7pm, but with no entry after 6 pm. It's $75 for a day pass, $150 poolside chaise lounge and $1,200 for a cabana for 12.

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  • New Jersey

O.K., so technically this spot isn't in NYC, but to experience the country's largest and most accommodating Korean Spa, it's worth the quick jaunt to Jersey. It's unlikely that you'll even cover the whopping eight floors of treatments that this relaxation arena offers, including nine pools (including an open-air hydrotherapy pool and rooftop infinity pool), seven sauna rooms, a restaurant and adjoining hotel, but we dare you to try. Among the highlights at this full-service facility are the spectacular rooftop infinity pool, which offers an untouchable view of the NYC skyline; Korean body scrubs; and a scorching charcoal sauna. In the summer months, the outdoor pools easily beat the sardine baths of the city. There's really no reason to leave when you're in the K-Spa equivalent of Disneyland. A daily pass, which includes use of the pool and saunas, begins at $75.

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  • Soho

While you won’t have any room for swimming laps at Jimmy, you’ll have amazing views of downtown, the Hudson River and midtown while you sway in the water to the tunes from the nearby DJ and sip on a frozen cocktail from an extensive menu. The pool area fills up quickly, but you can make a reservation in advance for up to six people (get your resy at reservations@jimmysoho.com). While not normally open to non-guests, Jimmy opens its pool after 4pm on weekdays and after 2pm on Saturday and Sunday and Jimmy patrons get access to the pool deck after 5pm on weekdays and after 3pm on weekends

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A new rooftop lounge, nightclub and rooftop pool, Somewhere Nowhere is perched on the 39th floor of Chelsea's Renaissance Hotel. The new club, which claims to be the tallest hotel rooftop with a pool in New York City offering an immersive escape, serves up 360-degree views of Manhattan that you can enjoy poolside. Somewhere Nowhere will have daily programming from pool parties with world-renowned DJs to captivating live music or an immersive dinner experience with a magic show. Just be sure to make a reservation before you head over.

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