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The best NYC hotels with rooftop and indoor pools

Take a dip in one of these relaxing hotel pools—assuming you can find a way in, of course

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TWA Hotel’s rooftop pool.
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Summer is almost here, which means we're constantly daydreaming about taking a dip, or relaxing in a cabana near a calming pool. Some of the finest swimming spots can be found at New York City's myriad hotels, though they almost universally come with a caveat: they're open to guests only. But if you can make friends with someone staying at the Gansevoort or the William Vale—or if you have enough money to plan your own staycation—then you just might stand a chance.

There are also some hotels that offer day passes for their swanky pools, or ones that are connected to adjacent rooftop bars—and thus, are sort of public. We've cataloged some of the best here, and noted where they're publicly accessible; if we missed your favorite (or a secret spot that you're willing to open up about), let us know in the comments.

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1. Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

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27 Barclay St
New York, NY 10007
(646) 880-1999
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The 75-foot indoor pool at the Four Seasons in the Financial District is heated and surrounded by cushy loungers—a perfect retreat for any season, basically. Alas, it's only available to hotel guests, or as an amenity for those who live in the fancy condos above at 30 Park Place. (Make friends with one of those folks, is what we're saying.)

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2. The James Hotel

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15 Thompson St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 201-9118
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The pool on the roof of the James Hotel in Soho may be small, but it is on the roof and, more importantly, it's open to the public after 3 p.m. on the summer weekends, as is the rooftop bar.

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3. SIXTY LES Hotel

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190 Allen St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 460-5300
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SIXTY Lower East Side, formerly Thompson LES, is, as far as we know, New York's only hotel with an Andy Warhol print on the bottom of its rooftop pool. It’s open to hotel guests and those with day passes—you can snag one of those for $65 on weekdays, or $95 on weekends.

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4. Hotel Indigo Lower East Side

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171 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 237-1776
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Located on the hotel's 15th floor (adjacent to its hip rooftop bar, Mr. Purple), this pool comes with rather lovely views of Manhattan. It's heated (bonus!) but only open during the summer.

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5. Soho House New York

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29-35 9th Ave
New York, NY 10014
(212) 627-9800
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A member's club with hotel rooms, the Soho House has a rooftop pool that is heated, open year-round, and among the most exclusive in the city. Access is only allowed to hotel guests or members (memberships start at $1,080/year, depending on your age and the level of access you're after). There is an adjacent roof restaurant.

6. Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC

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18 9th Ave
New York, NY 10014
(212) 206-6700
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The 45-foot rooftop pool in the Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC is not only heated but features underwater lights and music as well. (It’s available for hotel guests only.) Things aren't so bad above the water either, with an adjacent bar and lounge.

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7. Dream Hotel

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355 W 16th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 229-2559
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The 4,800-square-foot Beach at the Dream Downtown Hotel features white sand imported from the Hamptons, a smattering of cabanas, and a glass-bottomed pool, through which you can apparently see the hotel lobby. Pool passes are available to non-hotel guests Monday through Friday from $65/day.

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8. Rooftop at Royalton Park Avenue

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420 Park Ave S
New York, NY 10016

A rooftop pool with a view of the Empire State Building? Yes, please. The former Gansevoort Park Avenue is now the Royalton Park Avenue, and the old hotel’s rooftop pool remains. The chic space is heated, has plenty of seating, and offers one of the finest vistas we’ve seen for a hotel pool.

9. Parker New York

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119 W 56th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 245-5000
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The former Le Parker Meridien is now Parker New York, and fortunately, its pool with sweeping Central Park views remains. But you’ll pay for the privilege: A day pass to the pool and fitness center is $150.

10. Park Hyatt New York

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153 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019
(646) 774-1234
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The Park Hyatt New York, which occupies the lower floors of One57, is home to a stunning pool that—surprise, surprise—is open only to hotel guests and residents of the condos above. It has underwater speakers that pipe in classical music (a nod to Carnegie Hall, located just down the block), so you can feel very cultured and fancy all at once.

11. Mandarin Oriental, New York

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80 Columbus Cir
New York, NY 10023
(212) 805-8800
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Looking to really treat yourself? The Mandarin Oriental Hotel offers a 75-foot, three-lane lap pool on the 35th floor with Hudson River views as part of its very impressive 14,500-square-foot spa.

12. The Peninsula New York

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700 5th Ave
New York, NY 10019
(212) 956-2888
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The 45-foot indoor pool on the 23rd (top) floor of the Peninsula Hotel is surrounded by teak columns and a black tile floor, and has a full-time attendant. It's part of the hotel's three-floor spa.

13. Profundo Day Club

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8-08 Queens Plaza S
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 289-6118
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Long Island City’s Ravel Hotel recently turned its outdoor pool into the Profundo Day Club, which offers day passes for as little as $25. Take note, though: There’s a strict dress code that visitors must adhere to.

14. TWA Hotel

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JFK Airport
Jamaica, NY 11430
(212) 806-9000
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The brand new TWA Hotel has its own rooftop infinity pool and lounge, with the bar portion operated by the Gerber Group. The 63-foot-long pool, open to hotel guests, will be open year-round—in the winter, it can get heated up to 100 degrees.

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15. The William Vale

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111 N 12th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 631-8400
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Williamsburg's zany William Vale Hotel is home to one of the city's largest hotel pools, measuring 60 feet long and located on its third-floor amenity deck. The hotel is also home to Westlight, one of the best new hotel bars with a view. The pool offers day passes, but the prices are steep: They start at $99/day, and go up from there for larger parties. There’s also a membership option if you love to swim.

16. McCarren Hotel & Pool

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160 N 12th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 218-7500
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Formerly known as the King & Grove Williamsburg, the McCarren Hotel & Pool has one of the rare publicly accessible hotel pools in the city. Day passes are available to non-guests from $55 on weekdays, and $85 on weekends. The 40-by-20-foot swimming hole is also rather large, and has a lot of lounging space around it.

17. The Williamsburg Hotel

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96 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 362-8100
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One of Williamsburg’s newest hotels—it opened last year—has a publicly accessible pool on its rooftop, with day passes starting at $65.

18. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

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60 Furman St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(347) 696-2500
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Brooklyn’s eco-friendly hotel also has a lovely hotel pool available to guests. The best thing about it is the view, a postcard-worthy vista of the Lower Manhattan skyline. While the public will have a hard time getting in for a dip, the hotel’s rooftop bar and lounge is open to the public, though reservations are recommended.

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1. Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

27 Barclay St, New York, NY 10007
Will Femia

The 75-foot indoor pool at the Four Seasons in the Financial District is heated and surrounded by cushy loungers—a perfect retreat for any season, basically. Alas, it's only available to hotel guests, or as an amenity for those who live in the fancy condos above at 30 Park Place. (Make friends with one of those folks, is what we're saying.)

27 Barclay St
New York, NY 10007

2. The James Hotel

15 Thompson St, New York, NY 10013
Courtesy the James Hotels

The pool on the roof of the James Hotel in Soho may be small, but it is on the roof and, more importantly, it's open to the public after 3 p.m. on the summer weekends, as is the rooftop bar.

15 Thompson St
New York, NY 10013

3. SIXTY LES Hotel

190 Allen St, New York, NY 10002
Courtesy SIXTY Hotels

SIXTY Lower East Side, formerly Thompson LES, is, as far as we know, New York's only hotel with an Andy Warhol print on the bottom of its rooftop pool. It’s open to hotel guests and those with day passes—you can snag one of those for $65 on weekdays, or $95 on weekends.

190 Allen St
New York, NY 10002

4. Hotel Indigo Lower East Side

171 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002
Gerber Group

Located on the hotel's 15th floor (adjacent to its hip rooftop bar, Mr. Purple), this pool comes with rather lovely views of Manhattan. It's heated (bonus!) but only open during the summer.

171 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002

5. Soho House New York

29-35 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

A member's club with hotel rooms, the Soho House has a rooftop pool that is heated, open year-round, and among the most exclusive in the city. Access is only allowed to hotel guests or members (memberships start at $1,080/year, depending on your age and the level of access you're after). There is an adjacent roof restaurant.

29-35 9th Ave
New York, NY 10014

6. Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC

18 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014
Courtesy Gansevoort Hotels

The 45-foot rooftop pool in the Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC is not only heated but features underwater lights and music as well. (It’s available for hotel guests only.) Things aren't so bad above the water either, with an adjacent bar and lounge.

18 9th Ave
New York, NY 10014

7. Dream Hotel

355 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011
Courtesy Dream Hotels

The 4,800-square-foot Beach at the Dream Downtown Hotel features white sand imported from the Hamptons, a smattering of cabanas, and a glass-bottomed pool, through which you can apparently see the hotel lobby. Pool passes are available to non-hotel guests Monday through Friday from $65/day.

355 W 16th St
New York, NY 10011

8. Rooftop at Royalton Park Avenue

420 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016

A rooftop pool with a view of the Empire State Building? Yes, please. The former Gansevoort Park Avenue is now the Royalton Park Avenue, and the old hotel’s rooftop pool remains. The chic space is heated, has plenty of seating, and offers one of the finest vistas we’ve seen for a hotel pool.

420 Park Ave S
New York, NY 10016

9. Parker New York

119 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

The former Le Parker Meridien is now Parker New York, and fortunately, its pool with sweeping Central Park views remains. But you’ll pay for the privilege: A day pass to the pool and fitness center is $150.

119 W 56th St
New York, NY 10019

10. Park Hyatt New York

153 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

The Park Hyatt New York, which occupies the lower floors of One57, is home to a stunning pool that—surprise, surprise—is open only to hotel guests and residents of the condos above. It has underwater speakers that pipe in classical music (a nod to Carnegie Hall, located just down the block), so you can feel very cultured and fancy all at once.

153 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019

11. Mandarin Oriental, New York

80 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10023

Looking to really treat yourself? The Mandarin Oriental Hotel offers a 75-foot, three-lane lap pool on the 35th floor with Hudson River views as part of its very impressive 14,500-square-foot spa.

80 Columbus Cir
New York, NY 10023

12. The Peninsula New York

700 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019

The 45-foot indoor pool on the 23rd (top) floor of the Peninsula Hotel is surrounded by teak columns and a black tile floor, and has a full-time attendant. It's part of the hotel's three-floor spa.

700 5th Ave
New York, NY 10019

13. Profundo Day Club

8-08 Queens Plaza S, Long Island City, NY 11101

Long Island City’s Ravel Hotel recently turned its outdoor pool into the Profundo Day Club, which offers day passes for as little as $25. Take note, though: There’s a strict dress code that visitors must adhere to.

8-08 Queens Plaza S
Long Island City, NY 11101

14. TWA Hotel

JFK Airport, Jamaica, NY 11430
David Mitchell/TWA Hotel

The brand new TWA Hotel has its own rooftop infinity pool and lounge, with the bar portion operated by the Gerber Group. The 63-foot-long pool, open to hotel guests, will be open year-round—in the winter, it can get heated up to 100 degrees.

JFK Airport
Jamaica, NY 11430

15. The William Vale

111 N 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Williamsburg's zany William Vale Hotel is home to one of the city's largest hotel pools, measuring 60 feet long and located on its third-floor amenity deck. The hotel is also home to Westlight, one of the best new hotel bars with a view. The pool offers day passes, but the prices are steep: They start at $99/day, and go up from there for larger parties. There’s also a membership option if you love to swim.

111 N 12th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

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16. McCarren Hotel & Pool

160 N 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Formerly known as the King & Grove Williamsburg, the McCarren Hotel & Pool has one of the rare publicly accessible hotel pools in the city. Day passes are available to non-guests from $55 on weekdays, and $85 on weekends. The 40-by-20-foot swimming hole is also rather large, and has a lot of lounging space around it.

160 N 12th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

17. The Williamsburg Hotel

96 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

One of Williamsburg’s newest hotels—it opened last year—has a publicly accessible pool on its rooftop, with day passes starting at $65.

96 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249

18. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

60 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Brooklyn’s eco-friendly hotel also has a lovely hotel pool available to guests. The best thing about it is the view, a postcard-worthy vista of the Lower Manhattan skyline. While the public will have a hard time getting in for a dip, the hotel’s rooftop bar and lounge is open to the public, though reservations are recommended.

60 Furman St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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