We all love a rooftop pool, a rooftop bar, a restaurant, or anything offering a great view. Tennessee has some good ones, particularly in Nashville but in other cities as well.
The following are some of our picks for the best rooftop pools in Tennessee, and what to know when you’re visiting the home cities of these hotels.
The Margaritaville Hotel is a chain developed by Jimmy Buffett. You can find these themed hotels in places like Grand Turk in Turks & Caicos, and Florida. There is also a Margaritaville hotel in Pigeon Forge, which is close to local attractions like Dollywood and Dollywood Splash Country.
The Margaritaville Hotel is on The Island, which is an entertainment, shopping and dining complex in Pigeon Forge.
It’s home to a Margaritaville restaurant, as well as other themed eateries, a Ferris wheel, arcade, and family-friendly attractions.
The rooftop pool at the hotel offers views of the Smoky Mountains in the distance as well as The Island complex and its signature fountains. The rooftop pool features the Chill Bar, there are tables and lounge chairs, and there are private cabanas you can rent. The Chill Bar features food and drinks, and it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind after visiting the Pigeon Forge attractions all day.
Knoxville is quickly growing to be one of the favorite places to live in the south and a top tourist destination. The downtown Hilton features a rooftop pool so you can see across the city including the nearby Sunsphere and the campus of the University of Tennessee. You can also catch views of the nearby Smoky Mountains.
The Hilton is within walking distance to some of Knoxville’s top attractions including the Tennessee Theater and Market Square, with shopping and dining. The downtown area is highly walkable, making this a convenient location in addition to being a hotel with a great rooftop pool.
If you love rooftops, there are other places to visit in Knoxville. One example is the Hyatt Place hotel, which offers a rooftop bar on the 10th floor of the hotel, right on Gay Street in Knoxville.
The Hyatt Place Hotel rooftop bar offers wine and local beer and craft cocktails made with fresh ingredients.
Another rooftop destination in downtown Knoxville is Preservation Pub. Preservation Pub is often voted as the best bar in the city, and it has more than 300 beers available. There is regular live music, and there’s also the kitschy Magic Beer Tree located in the Moonshine Roof Garden.
Among all the cities in Tennessee, Nashville has the best rooftop pool and also rooftop bar scene in general.
The Omni Downtown Nashville is a chic, stylish and modern hotel offering a rooftop pool as well as a wide variety of other amenities including five restaurants and three bars/lounges onsite. There’s a full-service spa available as well as a terrace.
In addition to these features, the Omni Nashville puts you within walking distance of some of the city’s most notable attractions including the Country Music Hall of Fame, which is a two-minute walk from the hotel. There’s also the Music City Center which is a two-minute walk as well.
You can walk to the Bridgestone Arena and Ryan Auditorium, so staying at the Omni Nashville really does put you in one of the best possible locations.
Of all the rooftop pools in Nashville, the one at the Omni is the largest. It also features cabanas, a rooftop bar, and a lounge deck.
The Westin is another premier downtown Nashville hotel. The hotel is adjacent to the Music City Center and also within walking distance of most downtown attractions.
The rooftop pool is on the 27th floor, and it has a glass wall on one size for complete, unobstructed views of Nashville. The pool is also heated, and it’s adjacent to the L27 Rooftop Lounge. The Lounge is open to the public in the evening, but only guests can use the pool. L27 features cocktails, an outdoor terrace and a food menu of light bites.
Finally, there’s a rooftop pool along with a rooftop music series at the Bobby Hotel. The Bobby is a retro-inspired boutique hotel. The Bobby is on Printers Alley, which is a historic downtown Nashville area known for its live music and nightlife.
The Bobby just opened in 2018 and on the rooftop, you’ll find the iconic 1956 Scenicruiser bus.