11 Best Hotels With Rooftop Pools
Pool season is here, and the dog days of summer are in full swing. If you're planning a trip to NYC soon, it's critical to figure out where to cool off during your trip. There are beaches and museums, but VIPs know the best way to cool off is in a rooftop pool. Here are the best hotels with rooftop pools to book this summer. If you want a specific hotel recommendation, ask us here.
1. Dream Downtown | Book here
If you're looking for a place to spend a half day without feeling like you've missed out on the fun of NYC, The Beach at Dream Downtown is the place to go! On a hot day, there's no better way to spend your day than with a glass bottom pool, sand beach, private cabanas, and over 30 cushy loungers with a full-service bar.
The rooftop pool at the Ravel Hotel is a jewel in the heart of Long Island City. The rooftop deck and pool offer fantastic views of the Manhattan skyline and Queensboro Bridge. Relax poolside with food, custom tiki drinks, and music as you lounge on day beds or in cabanas.
The best view of the Manhattan skyline is not in Manhattan. It's on this rooftop at the William Vale hotel. Located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, this trendy hotel has all the amenities you could want— one of NYC's largest rooftop pools, a deck with views of Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline, a bar and restaurant with outdoor seating, a health club and spa, and even an indoor pool. The best part? It's free for guests staying at the hotel.
4. Domnick Hotel | Book here
The Dominick Hotel's rooftop pool is located on the 7th floor, so it's not quite as high up as some of New York City's other rooftop pools. But that doesn't mean it isn't still an incredible experience. The blue Italian mosaic-lined pool is surrounded by sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline and the Hudson River—and what could be better than a few laps with a view like that? So if you're staying at the Dominick Hotel, you'll have access to this exclusive space (and all its delights). Book one of their luxurious cabanas and enjoy access to both their rooftop pool AND a private jacuzzi—the perfect place for relaxing after a long day of exploring NYC!
5. Gansevoort Hotel | Book here
This trendy rooftop pool has been talked about for a decade, and for a good reason. This urban oasis is located on top of one of the coolest and trendiest hotels in Manhattan, and it's exclusive to guests of the hotel. The rooftop pool is heated, so it's open year-round—perfect for swimming or cocktails, depending on your mood! While you're enjoying a cocktail in the comfy loungers, take a moment to soak in the views of Hudson River and downtown New York. It's truly a perfect way to see this city in all its glory while also enjoying total relaxation.
The JIMMY rooftop bar is one of the best bars in the city. The view of downtown and the Hudson River is amazing, and it's a great place to hang out. The swimming pool on the roof terrace is nothing out of the ordinary, but the views and atmosphere elevate the experience. The bar is open to the public at night to all, but during the day, only hotel guests are allowed to use the rooftop pool. This is rooftop does bring in a party crowd, especially on the weekend. Still, if you're looking for a nightlife experience, this hotel will bring it to you.
7. One Hotel Brooklyn Bridge | Book here
The One Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is a gem. This hotel, located just off the Brooklyn Bridge on the Brooklyn side offers guests spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline from its rooftop pool. It is designed so that you almost feel as if you're connected to the East River, and Manhattan is an arm's length away. Drink homemade cocktails from Harriet's Rooftop in between dips. Although the rooftop bar is accessible to everyone, the rooftop pool is only accessible to hotel guests.
8. Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel | Book here
The top floor of the Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel is home to the latest hip rooftop: Somewhere Nowhere. It's a magical space that combines indoor and outdoor lounging areas with NYC's tallest rooftop pool and panoramic 360° views over the Manhattan skyline. But don't think this place is just for daytime relaxation. During the day the pool is reserved for hotel guests, but at night it becomes the focal point of this nightlife hot spot. If you're looking to enjoy some nightlife fun while you're in NYC, a stay at the Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel will put you at the center of it.
9. Willamsburg Hotel | Book here
The rooftop at the Willamsburg has breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and a long rooftop pool that stretches across the roof and surrounds comfy pinstriped sunbeds and cabanas. The rooftop terrace is open to the public; however, the pool is reserved for hotel guests. On weekends there is a DJ as the rooftop attempts to compete with other hot spots. Still, it doesn't get as crowded as others on this list, making it an excellent option for out-of-town guests who don't want to be with a large local crowd.
10. Royalton Park Avenue | Book here
Located on Park Avenue, Royalton Park Ave, offers magnificent views of NYC, with the Empire State Building serving as a backdrop. Royalton Park Avenue has a rooftop on the 20th-floor patio and is home to one of the nicest rooftop pools in New York City. The hotel's 40-foot heated indoor/outdoor pool is available to guests and the public but does not have a nightlife crowd. Public access is $500 a day, so the crowd here is chic & elegant. If you want to be a part of NYC's highlife, this is an option for you.
The TWA Hotel is a beautiful, elegant hotel located just steps from JFK airport. It's a great option if you're in NYC for a day and have an early/late flight from JFK. The hotel's infinity pool is unlike any other rooftop pool you'll find in New York City. While lounging in the rooftop infinity pool or in one of the sun beds, you can enjoy thrilling views over JFK's bustling Runway 4 Left/22 Right. During the colder months, the "rooftop pool-cuzzi" is heated up to 95 degrees Fahrenheit every day. So it can stay open and accessible all year round, providing a welcome break during the sweltering summer months and a nice swim in the winter. The hotel only allows overnight guests to use the pool and observation deck until 11 a.m., after which anyone can reserve a spot. But given its location, it does not attract a nightlife crowd.
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