New York is known as the city that never sleeps, with endless entertainment opportunities and things to do. In saying that, you’ll need some downtime every now and then, and what better place than a rooftop pool right in the heart of the city!
With the hot summer days quickly approaching, we’ve created this guide on where to find the best rooftop pools in NYC!
Let’s jump right in!
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Overview of the 8 Best Rooftop Pools In NYC
Most rooftop pools in New York are located within upscale hotels or private buildings.
However, there are some well-maintained pools allowing access to outside guests with a day pass. That is a great alternative for those living in New York or staying in another hotel, so we will note rooftop pools with day passes on this list!
For the best experience, we suggest you book a night in one of the hotels on this list.
Royalton Park Avenue Hotel
The rooftop pool of Royalton Park Avenue, with its glass barriers, has one of the best views in the city. It is located on the 20th floor of the hotel, right in the heart of Manhattan, with an unobstructed view of the Empire State Building.
The rooftop pool is heated and can be enjoyed by hotel guests from mid-April until mid-November. You can grab a drink from the rooftop bar between dips and relax on the pool loungers as you soak in the sun.
Royalton Park Avenue Hotel is located right next to the 28th street subway station.
Check the rates and availability at Royalton Park Avenue here.
ModernHaus SoHo Hotel
The saltwater pool at ModernHaus SoHo Hotel is one of the largest rooftop pools in NYC. The panoramic view of the downtown New York skyline from the 18th-floor pool is incredible.
Guests can enjoy the pool, sip on cocktails at the rooftop bar or hop to the gym within the hotel.
The rooftop pool is exclusively for hotel guests during the week, but on the weekend afternoons, it’s open to the public for guests of Jimmy, the rooftop bar. Jimmy is a popular nightlife spot, so it gets pretty busy on the weekends.
You’ll find ModernHaus SoHo Hotel two minutes from Canal St. subway station.
Check the rates and availability at ModernHaus SoHo Hotel here.
Margaritaville Resort Times Square
If you want to swim in a rooftop pool in Times Square, you’re lucky as Margaritaville Resort is the only open-air pool in Times Square. While it is not on the top floor of the building, it is high enough to be considered a rooftop pool.
The pool is open to outside visitors with a day pass, and it has a tropical oasis vibe in the heart of New York. Of course, you can enjoy a margarita or any other poolside drink from one of the 4 bars on site. Guests of the hotel can also use private fitness facilities.
Margaritaville Resort is situated right next to the Times Square subway station.
Check the rates and availability at Margaritaville Resort Times Square here.
The William Vale Hotel
At 60 ft long, the rooftop pool at The William Vale Hotel in Brooklyn is one of the biggest in the city. Maintained with high-quality pool equipment, this pristine pool overlooks the river and downtown New York.
The view at sunset is stunning – especially with a drink from the rooftop bar!
You’ll have to book a time slot at the pool even as a hotel guest. The pool is open to outside visitors with a day pass.
The hotel is located in Williamsburg, close to the bus station.
Check the rates and availability at The William Vale Hotel here.
Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC Hotel
The rooftop pool at Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC overlooks the Hudson river, one of the most tranquil views in the city. The pool is open to hotel guests only, despite the adjacent bar being open to the public.
Guests can enjoy lounging by the pool, sipping on cocktails from the rooftop bar and relaxing. The sunsets over the city are stunning from the rooftop deck.
The rooftop bar can get quite busy on the weekends, as it is open to the public, so it’s something to keep in mind if you’re coming with children.
Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC is just a 5-minute walk from 14 Street/8 Avenue subway station.
Check the rates and availability at Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC Hotel here.
The rooftop pool of the Dominick Hotel is on the 7th floor, so not quite rooftop as the building is 46 stories high, but it still offers exceptional views of the city and a tranquil place to escape the crowds.
The pool is seasonal and not heated, so it’s something to keep in mind if you are visiting outside summer months. The hotel features a full-service spa and 4 restaurants on-site, so you don’t need to leave the hotel between dips.
The Dominick Hotel is located in SoHo, a short walk from Spring street subway station.
Check the rates and availability at The Dominick Hotel here.
Mr. Purple at Hotel Indigo Lower East Side
Located on the 15th floor of the building, the rooftop pool at Hotel Indigo has an amazing view of the New York skyline. You can enjoy a cocktail or a classic American dish in the rooftop bar/restaurant Mr. Purple.
While the pool is located within the hotel, it is managed by a third party, Mr Purple, so it is open to the public and only reserved for hotel guests at certain times during the week.
The hotel is located a short walk from the 2nd Avenue subway station.
Check the rates and availability at Hotel Indigo Lower East Side here.
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The Summer Club is a rooftop pool meets a beach bar type of place. Located on the top floor of the boutique Ravel Hotel, it is open to the public with a day pass.
It is not a “relaxing by the pool” spot, as there is music and a DJ. However, those who want to feel like they are on a tropical vacation in the middle of the city will love it! Note that it is an adults-only pool.
You can book a cabana or find a spot on the pool loungers to relax and sip cocktails from the bar. Just like other clubs, it gets quite busy on the weekends, and you might wait in line for a while if you don’t reserve in advance!
The Summer Club is located 10 minutes from the 21 St-Queensbridge subway station.
Check rates and availability for Raven Hotel here.
Summary: 8 Best Rooftop Pools In NYC
That concludes this list of the best rooftop pools in New York that should be on your radar this summer.
If you’re looking for a pool party, there are many rooftop pools with day passes in the city that quite literally never sleeps.
Whether you’re just spending a weekend in the city or you live in the Big Apple, there is no better way to spend the summer than relaxing next to the pool. Get away from the crowds and noise of the city and simply relax.