The 8 Best Hotels Featuring a New York Rarity: A Pool

Jessica Colley Clarke | April 10, 2017

Of all the hotel amenities, a swimming pool may be one of the rarest in New York City. Whether you're a spa-junkie who likes your pool tucked away, or a scenester who's looking for a lavish rooftop affair, you're gonna want to wear your swimsuit when you check-in to any of these properties.


Mandarin Oriental

Why it made the list

The 75-foot lap pool in this luxury hotel is located on the 35th floor, with views facing west towards the Hudson River. Daylight fills the room through towering windows, so it's kind of like you're outside, but not really. The indoor pool is part of the hotel’s large spa, complete with steam rooms and a vitality pool.

Classic, over-the-top luxury defines every inch of this five-star hotel. Guests enter the ground-floor elevators and step out onto the 35th floor of the Time… Read More


The James Hotel New York

Why it made the list

High above the low-rise buildings of Soho, a sleek pool caps the roof of this boutique hotel (open Memorial Day through Labor Day). In season, the plunge pool is a popular spot for sunbathing and cocktails. Teak decks, an outdoor shower, and chaise lounges encircle it.

Rising above the edge of SoHo, this boutique hotel offers skyline views in a typically low-rise neighborhood. The rooftop pool and cocktail bar are popular… Read More


The Greenwich Hotel

Why it made the list

In the discrete spirit of this luxury hotel, the serene pool is hidden away within the Shibui Spa. The low-lit, peaceful space has a lap pool and lounge chairs set beneath a wood beam ceiling. Every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 10pm, the pool is reserved for adults only.

This understated, inviting hotel manages to fly under the radar even though Robert De Niro is an owner. The drawing room (reserved for guests only)… Read More


McCarren Hotel and Pool

Why it made the list

This Brooklyn hotel has a unique feature: an outdoor pool that is open for three seasons. The sizable pool is heated during the spring and fall seasons, and provides a refreshing place to take a dip during the summer. The pool is flanked by big lounge chairs and umbrellas.

Overlooking McCarren Park in a prime spot in Williamsburg, this boutique hotel delivers big on amenities--a rooftop bar with gorgeous Manhattan views, refined comfort food… Read More


The Peninsula

Why it made the list

Travelers might not expect to find a pool in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, but the Peninsula delivers just that. Black tile and lounge chairs surround the sleek waters.

When you step through the Beaux Arts façade and onto the grand staircase at the Peninsula, you know you’re in for a glitzy treat. Amenities… Read More


Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC

Why it made the list

Many pools in New York are seasonal, but this upscale hotel offers a rooftop pool that is open all year round. Heated in the spring, fall and winter, the pool has lovely views over the rooftops of lower Manhattan. Cocktails and snacks are available poolside.

Though the nearby Standard, High Line Hotel has stolen some of its thunder, there’s still plenty to draw guests to this chic Meatpacking District pioneer,… Read More


Park Hyatt New York

Why it made the list

Music from nearby Carnegie Hall plays on underwater speakers in the pool of this upscale hotel. That's right, this pool is also an underwater concert. Located on the 25th floor, the pool is next to the hotel’s fitness center. Chaise lounges are available for pre- or post-swim lounging.

Occupying the first 25 floors of a towering Midtown Manhattan skyscraper, this luxury property is the flagship of the global Park Hyatt brand. The feel… Read More


The William Vale

Why it made the list

This Brooklyn hotel has a seasonal rooftop pool with views of the Manhattan skyline. The 60-foot pool is lined with comfy lounge chairs and both cocktails and snacks are available. The space also offers a nightlife scene with live music and DJs.

Every room has a big balcony at the William Vale, a hotel towering 22 stories above low-rise Williamsburg. Manhattan views are dynamite throughout, from the… Read More