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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)

William Vale pool
Photograph: Courtesy Jody Kivort William Vale pool
By Carolyn Stanley, Tolly Wright and Jennifer Picht |
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These hotel and rooftop pools in NYC have it all figured out: 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. While most pools in NYC require an expensive night stay or high membership fees, these spots offer passes for a day of sunny bliss. 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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Hotels, Boutique hotels

Beach at Dream Downtown

icon-location-pin Chelsea

This hotel 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 a 10lb moscow mule—yes, you read that right—before floating on an inflatable unicorn provided by FUNBOY. You can purchase a day pass on site for $65.

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Photograph: Courtesy Jody Kivort
Hotels, Boutique hotels

The William Vale

Good news for Williamsburg residents who enjoy swimming, drinking and getting a tan in a luxurious setting: The William Vale boasts a 60-foot pool that is open to the public seven days a week during the summer. Check out the picturesque setting for yourself by reserving a day-pass (Mon–Thu $99, Fri–Sun $149). Groups up to six should spring for a cabana (Mon–Thu $900, Fri–Sun $1,400) and have the ultimate pool party. 

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Health and beauty, Spas

Sojo Spa Club

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, 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.

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Photograph: Courtesy The Williamsburg Hotel
Things to do

Pool & Rooftop at The Williamsburg Hotel

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When it gets too hot to trot around New York, public swimming pools are one of the best solutions for staying cool. The only thing better? Hanging poolside with a cocktail in hand. 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 Williamsburg Hotel is no exception, as the venue boasts a pool and high-top lounge offering unobstructed views of Manhattan’s skyline. Prices to reserve a daybed or cabana vary. When you need to relax after swimming laps, enjoy sipping martinis and champagne at Water Tower Bar—an elevated, sky-high drinkery. 

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Photograph: Courtesy Profundo Day Club
Hotels, Boutique hotels

Profundo Day Club

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Make a splash in Long Island City at Profundo Day Club, which boasts 30 chairs, 26 days beds, 13 cabanas and a dicso ball above the pool. Reserve your seat of choice and get ready to bake—this rooftop pool offers unobstructed sunlight in addition to a killer view of the city. Don’t fret if you get overheated, aside from cooling off in the pool, each guest who books a day pass ($60) receives a mini fan in their gratis swag bag. You also get towel and coupons to use at the hotel’s restaurants.

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The James New York
Photograph: Courtesy The James
Hotels, Boutique hotels

The James New York

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While not normally open to non-guests, the no-cover weekend afternoon Jimmy Pool Party (starts at 3pm) really abides by the mantra, “the more the merrier.” While you won’t have any room for swimming laps, 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 their extensive menu. The pool area fills up quickly, but you can make a reservation in advance for up to six people. 

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Le Parker Meridien
Photograph: Courtesy Le Parker Meridien
Hotels, Chain hotels

Le Parker Meridien

icon-location-pin Midtown West

While it's one of the priciest options on this list ($150 for a day pass), the experience is truly “Treat Yo' Self” worthy. Your pass means you get access to the gravity fitness center, where you can build up a sweat before hitting the deck. There the floor to ceiling windows allow for stunning views of Central Park, while the outdoor sundeck makes for comfortable tanning far away from the crowded public green space stories below your nose. Book your pool pass here

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