Visiting the concrete jungle this summer? Then you’ll want to definitely want to cool off after a day of sightseeing. Water filled real estate in New York is hard to come by, so we asked NYC-based travel blogger Sher She Goes for the scoop. Today she’s sharing the best NYC hotels with rooftop pools that will elevate your perspective on the city and allow you to soak in your vacation to the fullest!
Yes, even the Statue of Liberty.
These, along with many others, are landmarks and everyday sightings that inseparably connote New York City …
… And not a single one of them would give you any reason to think that the Big Apple even has swimming pools at all!
Believe it or not, hidden somewhere among all New York’s concrete, neon, and yellow cars is actually a vibrant swimming pool scene.
NYC Hotels with Pools
Generally nestled within posh hotels, New York’s swimming pools – along with the obligatory pool bars, lounges, and spas – can be found aplenty in the city – as long as you know where to look!
These select few NYC hotels have swimming pools that create a guest experience unlike anywhere else.
Room Mate Grace Hotel
Located just a few hundred feet from Times Square, the Room Mate Grace offers a spunky boutique in the heart of midtown Manhattan.
Its 139 rooms feature 8 different layouts, custom wallpaper and furnishing courtesy of renowned interior designer Lorenzo Castillo.
The crown jewel of the Room Mate Grace – and one loved by locals, including myself! – is the Pool Bar, a phenomenal indoor lounge featuring live music, a lovely swimming pool, and – you guessed it – plenty of cocktails!
Royalton Park Avenue
Most people associate Park Avenue with the Upper East Side – and the incredible wealth required to live in Manhattan’s most historically elite neighborhood.
What’s lesser known is that Park Avenue South, which stretches from Gramercy Park to Grand Central Station, was historically among Manhattan’s most dangerous areas.
Thanks largely to the Flatiron District’s resurgence, Park Avenue South now features upscale restaurants, luxury hotels, and expensive townhomes that are beginning to rival its northern neighbor!
Nowhere is this renaissance more apparent than the Royalton Park Avenue, whose rooftop pool features a 1,000-square-foot pool deck, hybrid indoor and outdoor pool, swank cocktail bar, and oh, not to mention unbeatable Empire State Building views!
I would bet that many New Yorkers have, ironically, been inside the Dream Downtown property without necessarily knowing (or remembering!) which specific hotel was that night’s party destination.
Centered within the Meatpacking District, Manhattan’s most popular nightlife neighborhood, the Dream Downtown is both next door to Tao Downtown, a hip yet upscale Asian fusion restaurant, and home to the PHD Rooftop Lounge, a marble-laden terrace bar featuring gorgeous views of the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings along with the entire midtown Manhattan skyline.
Without discounting these enviable attributes, what has the Dream Downtown most abuzz among New Yorkers today is its ridiculously amazing rooftop pool.
Ambitiously labeled “The Beach”, the Dream Downtown pool features 5,000 square feet of deck space (including 800 square feet of sand shipped from the Hamptons), chaise lounges, a glass-bottomed pool, and modern cocktails.
Stated more simply, even stepping on this rooftop deck will instantly make you feel like a celebrity!
The James New York – SoHo
For better or worse, New York is a town where a strong correlation exists between how fun and how exclusive any activity seems to everyone else.
Enter the James New York SoHo, home to one of the most sought-after summer destinations for New Yorkers and visitors alike!
Though decorated tastefully, the James New York swimming pool is, at first glance, not particularly remarkable, as both the pool and deck are rather small.
What the James swimming pool lacks in size it replaces in style, however. Open only between Memorial and Labor Days, the rooftop bar, pool, and lounge are home to the now-famous JIMMY summer pool parties, an absolute must on any hip New Yorker’s summer bucket list.
Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown
We all know hearing “Four Seasons” will automatically raise expectations, but Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, are you kidding me??
You know how most hotels will tell you something like “check out the fitness center and pool on the 5th floor” or something like that?
Well, at the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, the health and wellness center is the entire floor.
Included in this palatial center are a 7-room spa, modern gym, and 75-foot lap pool flanked by marble finishes, wood fixtures, and floor-to-ceiling windows that provide stunning cityscape views of Lower Manhattan!
With tranquil pools, jaw dropping skyline views and swanky poolside drinks, a summer in NYC can be extremely blissful…if you stay at one of these hotels.
Pool access is open to guests only, so what are you waiting for? Book a room before they sell out!
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