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The best hotel and rooftop pools in NYC

Take a dip and work on your tan at one of these hotel and rooftop pools in NYC which, yes, you can actually go to

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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Photograph: Courtesy Dream Downtown
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. Day passes for what is bound to be the new hot spot in Chelsea start at $65 and you can rent a cabana for $1,500. Did we mention this is the largest hotel pool in NYC? (It’s 4,800-sqare-feet!)

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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: William Vale boasts a 60-foot pool that is open to the public from Monday to Thursday in summer. You don't have to shell out the big bucks as a guest to experience the amenities: check out the picturesque setting for yourself by reserving a day-pass for a chaise lounge chair ($150). Groups up to six should spring for a cabana ($850) and have the ultimate pool party. 

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Ted Coats
Health and beauty, Spas

Sojo Spa Club

O.K., so technically this spot isn't in NYC proper, 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; a volcanic sand treatment using rare lava sand imported from Japan; and a scorching charcoal sauna. In summer months, the outdoor pools easily beat the sardine baths of the city, and the indoor saunas will reinvigorate you no matter how brutal the winter gets. 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 has debuts a new pool and high-top lounge offering unobstructed views of Manhattan’s skyline on Friday, July 13. Prices to reserve a cabana, daybed or lounge chair vary, but your best bet is to go any day Monday through Thursday after 3pm when it only sets you back $40. When you need to refuel after swimming laps, snack on bites from Harvey’s and enjoy sipping martinis and champagne at Water Tower Bar—an elevated, sky-high drinkery (opening soon). 

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Photograph: Courtesy Profundo Day Club
Hotels, Boutique hotels

Profundo Day Club

icon-location-pin Long Island City

Make a splash in Long Island City at Profundo Day Club boasting 30 chairs, 26 days beds, 13 cabanas and a dicso ball above the pool? We can dig it. 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 ($50) receives a mini fan in their gratis swag bag. You also get towel (bring your towel back another day to receive a $10 discount) and coupons to use at the hotel’s restaurants. Be sure to keep up with this one; Profundo promises to stay open late into the season. 

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

The James New York

icon-location-pin Soho

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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Hôtel Americano
Hotels, Boutique hotels

La Piscine at Hôtel Americano

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The pool area atop this 10-floor boutique hotel in Chelsea opens to non-guests for the price of a $45 day pass on weekdays and $60 on the weekends. Cool off in the water or relax on one of the comfy daybeds by the pool, where you’ll have expansive views of Manhattan and the Hudson River. At the nearby grill, dishes such as tuna tostada and market fish tacos will make having to wait 30 minutes to swim well worth the wait, while the drink list, which includes La Flaca—a frozen margarita with jalapeño-infused Dobel Tequila—should quench your thirst.

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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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