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TWA Hotel’s rooftop pool.
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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 finally here (and with a vengeance), 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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Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

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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.)

A swimming pool. There are multiple lounge chairs on the side of the pool. Will Femia

The James Hotel

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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.

A swimming pool on the rooftop of a building. Next to the pool are lounge chairs. There are city buildings that can be seen from the pool. Courtesy the James Hotels

SIXTY LES Hotel

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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.

A swimming pool. There are multiple orange lounge chairs surrounding the pool. Courtesy SIXTY Hotels

Hotel Indigo Lower East Side

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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.

A swimming pool on the rooftop of a building. There are lounge chairs and tables surrounding the pool. The view in the distance is of a city skyline. Gerber Group

Soho House New York

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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.

Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC

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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.

A swimming pool on the rooftop of a building. There is a sunset and city skyline that can be seen from the pool. Surrounding the pool are lounge chairs and tables. Courtesy Gansevoort Hotels

Dream Hotel

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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.

In the foreground are lounge chairs. There are trees behind the lounge chairs. Buildings surround the lounge area. Courtesy Dream Hotels

Rooftop at Royalton Park Avenue

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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.

Parker New York

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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.

Park Hyatt New York

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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.

Mandarin Oriental, New York

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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.

The Peninsula New York

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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.

Profundo Day Club

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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.

TWA Hotel

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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.

A swimming pool is in the foreground. The letters TWA are written on the bottom of the pool. In the distance are airplanes on an airport runway. David Mitchell/TWA Hotel

The William Vale

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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.

McCarren Hotel & Pool

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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.

The Williamsburg Hotel

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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.

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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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Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

A swimming pool. There are multiple lounge chairs on the side of the pool. 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.)

A swimming pool. There are multiple lounge chairs on the side of the pool. Will Femia

The James Hotel

A swimming pool on the rooftop of a building. Next to the pool are lounge chairs. There are city buildings that can be seen from the pool. 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.

A swimming pool on the rooftop of a building. Next to the pool are lounge chairs. There are city buildings that can be seen from the pool. Courtesy the James Hotels

SIXTY LES Hotel

A swimming pool. There are multiple orange lounge chairs surrounding the pool. 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.

A swimming pool. There are multiple orange lounge chairs surrounding the pool. Courtesy SIXTY Hotels

Hotel Indigo Lower East Side

A swimming pool on the rooftop of a building. There are lounge chairs and tables surrounding the pool. The view in the distance is of a city skyline. 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.

A swimming pool on the rooftop of a building. There are lounge chairs and tables surrounding the pool. The view in the distance is of a city skyline. Gerber Group

Soho House New York

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.

Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC

A swimming pool on the rooftop of a building. There is a sunset and city skyline that can be seen from the pool. Surrounding the pool are lounge chairs and tables. 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.

A swimming pool on the rooftop of a building. There is a sunset and city skyline that can be seen from the pool. Surrounding the pool are lounge chairs and tables. Courtesy Gansevoort Hotels

Dream Hotel

In the foreground are lounge chairs. There are trees behind the lounge chairs. Buildings surround the lounge area. 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.

In the foreground are lounge chairs. There are trees behind the lounge chairs. Buildings surround the lounge area. Courtesy Dream Hotels

Rooftop at Royalton Park Avenue

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.

Parker New York

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.

Park Hyatt New York

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.

Mandarin Oriental, New York

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.

The Peninsula New York

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.

Profundo Day Club

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.

TWA Hotel

A swimming pool is in the foreground. The letters TWA are written on the bottom of the pool. In the distance are airplanes on an airport runway. 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.

A swimming pool is in the foreground. The letters TWA are written on the bottom of the pool. In the distance are airplanes on an airport runway. David Mitchell/TWA Hotel

The William Vale

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.

McCarren Hotel & Pool

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.

The Williamsburg Hotel

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

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

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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