7 Hot NYC Hotel Pools (And How to Get In)

by  Anne Roderique-Jones | Updated on Jun 6, 2019
McCarren Hotel and Pool
McCarren Hotel and Pool / Photo courtesy of the property

If you live in New York City, or are just visiting, you're probably aware that non-public, non-crowded, non-child-filled swimming pools are a hot commodity here. But did you know that many of the city's hottest hotels offer day passes? (Lucky you if your hotel has one, or your apartment building is one of the few in the city with a pool.) For your money, you'll be treated to killer views and a luxe lounger. Here are some of our favorite rooftop pools in New York City.

McCarren Hotel

The pool deck at the McCarren Hotel is one of the best in New York City. Here, you'll also find features Instagram-worthy views of the Manhattan skyline. At almost 5,000 feet long, this Williamsburg oasis offers a lounge-like deck space complete with comfy day beds, sun loungers, a bar and restaurant, and, of course, a large heated pool. Non-hotel-guests can purchase a pass for $60 on weekdays and $85 on weekends (includes access to the pool deck, towels, and complimentary wifi).

Parker New York

Parker New York is home to features a glass-enclosed rooftop pool that overlooks Central Park. A day pass runs a bit steep at $150, but the cost includes towels, locker room access, gym facilities, and access to the soothing pool, which makes for great lap swimming. The outdoor sundeck has loungers for tanning – but forget about reading that magazine you brought with you: the views here are just too stunning to keep your head down.

Dream Downtown

The rooftop pool deck at the Dream Downtown spans almost 5,000 square feet and features a heated glass-bottom pool, 70 chaise lounges; a full-service bar; and a DJ booth. Here, you'll also find the only sand "beach" in all of Manhattan. Guests can book massages or spa treatments in the cabanas, sip on cocktails as they hang poolside, and take in the stellar views. The only caveat? Non-hotel can only come during the weekday, and a day pass will set you back $65. 

The William Vale

The Vale Pool at The William Vale features a sprawling terrace where guests can lounge, play games on the garden, order food and drink, rent cabanas, and take in the views. In addition to access to the 60-foot pool, a day pass also includes free wifi, and a chaise lounge chair (though, it's first-come, first-serve for these, so arrive early). Non-guests can pay $99 for a day pass on the weekdays, and $149 on the weekends. If you want to splurge, consider a daybed or cabana option for $350 ($550 on weekends) or $900 ($1,400 on the weekends), respectively. 

TWA Hotel 

The recently revamped TWA Hotel -- the only on-site hotel at John. F. Kennedy International Airport -- has reopened after 20 years. Among the many new additions here (think a '60s-inspired bar, a food hall, high-style design, and sleek interiors), the property is also home to a brand-new outdoor pool and bar, complete with one-of-a-kind runway views. While hotel guests have complimentary access to the pool, non-hotel guests must make a reservation at the bar in order to swim at the pool: a small price to pay for pristine views and a refreshing dip. 

Park Hyatt New York 

The 25th-floor pool at the Park Hyatt New York does not disappoint, and you'll still be able to admire sweeping views of the bustling city below. The pool is complete with underwater speakers that play soothing music from a curated Carnegie Hall soundtrack. Non-hotel guests can gain access to the pool by booking a spa treatment or service that's 60-minutes or longer (prices start at $225 for a 60-minute massage). In addition to pool access, spa guests can use the fitness center and eucalyptus steam room, and snacks like fruit, nuts, and chocolates are also included. 

Sixty LES Hotel

This Lowest East Side hotel features prime skyline views and a gorgeous outdoor pool. The deck is complete with plush sun loungers, luxe cabanas (which start at $900), daybeds, outdoor showers, a bar, and a dining area. If you're craving some major R&R, you can also book spa treatments and services poolside. Day passes are available for non-hotel guests for $65 on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and $95 on weekends from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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