8 best rooftop pools Istanbul

Escape the urban heat for refreshing swims with remarkable views.

Januray 20, 2024
Rooftop pools in Istanbul
Rooftop pool Istanbul | Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul

Istanbul, a city bridging two continents, has long been a hub of cultural richness, historical significance, and architectural marvels. Beyond its bustling streets, stunning architecture, unique geographical location, and historic sites, the city offers a unique way to experience its enchanting skyline and breathtaking views through its luxurious Istanbul rooftop pools.

They provide a refreshing escape from the urban heat and serve as vantage points to admire the city's diverse landscapes. In this article, we will explore some remarkable rooftop pools in Istanbul, that offer a combination of relaxation, luxury and panoramic beauty.

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Here's our list of the 8 best rooftop pools Istanbul

1. Fairmont Quasar Istanbul Hotel

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Rooftop pool Istanbul at Fairmont Quasar Istanbul Hotel | Photo: www.fairmont.com/

Nestled within one of the most exhilarating destinations the world offers, perched gracefully along the Bosphorus banks within Istanbul’s vibrant 76 B Mecidiyekoy business hub, stands the resplendent 5-star Fairmont Quasar Istanbul. From this vantage point, history spanning countless millennia gazes back.

Drawing inspiration from the Japanese term 'Ukiyo', which translates to 'floating world', the poolside offers a haven of aquatic bliss on the hotel's fifth floor, basking under the sun's warm embrace. The outdoor infinity pool treats you to sweeping panoramas of the Bosphorus, all against striking decor that enchants the senses.

Adding to the allure, the Pool Bar stands ready to captivate, offering an exquisite array of refreshments, including sublime cocktails and delectable light bites, and when summer weekends beckon, a tantalizing selection of barbecue delights entices the palate, adding to the delight.

With a breathtaking view of Istanbul's modern skyscrapers and historic landmarks, this pool offers leisure and business travelers a tranquil escape. Whether lounging in the pool or sipping on a refreshing cocktail at the bar, the Fairmont Quasar Istanbul Hotel offers a perfect blend of luxury and urban charm.

Adress: Büyükdere Caddesi No:76 Mecidiyeköy Şişli, Sisli, 34394 Istanbul

Availability: Guests at the hotel / Public for a fee

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2. DoubleTree By Hilton Istanbul - Moda

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Rooftop pool Istanbul at DoubleTree By Hilton Istanbul - Moda | Photo: www.hilton.com/

Overlooking the Marmara Sea, the DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul - Moda rooftop pool provides an awe-inspiring backdrop for your Istanbul experience.

The pool's edge almost seemingly merges with the sea, creating an illusion of tranquility. As the sun sets over the horizon, the pool area transforms into a stylsih bar and lounge, offering a magical setting with ambient lighting.

Whether starting your day with a refreshing swim or winding down with a panoramic sunset view, this rooftop pool promises an unforgettable experience.

The hotel's location offers the perfect blend of convenience and exploration. A mere stroll will lead you to the enchanting ferry and metro connections, your gateway to the captivating European side of the city.

Adress: Caferaga Mah. Sozdener Cad. No:31 Kadikoy, Asiatiska sidan-Kadıköy, 34710 Istanbul

Availability: Only guests at the hotel

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3. The Marmara Pera

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Rooftop pool Istanbul at The Marmara Pera | Photo: www.themarmarahotels.com/

Nestled in the vibrant Pera district, The Marmara Pera offers a rooftop pool that combines contemporary elegance with historical charm.

This pool is not just a place to cool off; it's an artistic vantage point that provides sweeping views of Istanbul's iconic skyline, including the Galata Tower and the Bosphorus Strait.

The combination of modern poolside amenities and the allure of Istanbul's heritage makes The Marmara Pera a unique destination for travelers seeking relaxation and cultural immersion.

Next to the pool you also find the amazing Mikla rooftop bar and restaurant, which has been included among the 'Worlds 50 Best Restaurants' on several occasions.

Adress: Mesrutiyet Cad. Tepebasi, Beyoglu, 34430 Istanbul

Availability: Only guests at the hotel

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4. Ramada Plaza By Wyndham Istanbul City Center

Rooftop pools Istanbul - Ramada Plaza By Wyndham Istanbul City Center
Rooftop pool Istanbul at Ramada Plaza By Wyndham Istanbul City Center | Photo: www.wyndhamhotels.com/

Located in the heart of Istanbul's historic district, the rooftop pool at Ramada Plaza By Wyndham Istanbul City Center offers a unique juxtaposition of modern comfort and ancient heritage.

With views stretching across the city's iconic landmarks and the Sea of Marmara, this pool allows guests to bask in the city's rich history while indulging in contemporary luxury. It's a retreat that seamlessly blends the past and present of Istanbul.

Equipped with a telescopic roof, the indoor-outdoor pool is always available for elevated swims.

Embark on a journey where luxurious comfort intertwines seamlessly with captivating aesthetics in this lavish hotel, ranging from elegantly designed rooms to opulent suites and penthouse beauties.

Adress: Halaskargazi Cad No 63 Osmanbey, Sisli, Sisli, 34373 Istanbul

Availability: Only guests at the hotel

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5. The Ritz-Carlton

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Rooftop pool Istanbul at The Ritz-Carlton | Photo: www.ritzcarlton.com/

The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul at the Bosphorus presents a rooftop pool that exudes opulence and grandeur. Perched on a hill overlooking the Bosphorus, the pool offers an unparalleled view of the waterway that separates Europe and Asia.

The luxurious setting, combined with the pool's refreshing waters, creates an experience that embodies the Ritz-Carlton's commitment to elegance and world-class service.

The highly impressive infinity pool is open seasonally, but there is also an indoor pool and whirpool available year round.

Nest to the outdoor pool you find the Atelier Lounge, a roof brasserie with a view.

Adress: Suzer Plaza, Askerocagi Caddesi, No:6 Elmadag/Sisli, 34367 Istanbul

Availability: Only guests at the hotel

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6. Orka Royal Hotel & Spa

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Rooftop pool Istanbul at Orka Royal Hotel & Spa | Photo: www.orkaroyalhotel.com/

Tucked away in the historic Sultanahmet district, the Orka Royal Hotel & Spa rooftop pool offers an intimate setting with stunning views of Istanbul's historic treasures.

The pool's proximity to landmarks like the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque makes it a prime spot for travelers who want to combine leisure with cultural exploration.

Dive into the exquisite swimming pool, where the mesmerizing panorama of the Bosphorus becomes your backdrop. From May to November, take a refreshing plunge or leisurely swim guided by the whims of the weather.

Ascend to the Sky Terrace, a realm of limitless possibilities, ready to host up to 150 guests. Whether it's the symphony of wedding bells or the joyous chorus of birthdays, this elevated haven sets the stage for unforgettable banquets and celebrations.

Adress: Nöbethane Cad. No:10, Sirkeci, Fatih, 34113 Istanbul

Availability: Only guests at the hotel

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7. Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus

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Rooftop pool Istanbul at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus | Photo: www.fourseasons.com/

The rooftop pool at the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus offers a glimpse into the lavish lifestyle along the shores of the Bosphorus Strait.

Surrounded by the lush greenery of the hotel's garden, this pool provides a serene escape from the city's hustle and bustle.

While not the highest in Istanbul, the pool's location along the Bosphorus means that guests can enjoy captivating views of passing boats and the iconic suspension bridges that connect the two continents.

As the sun cranks up the heat in Istanbul, a sizzling solution keeps you cool - welcome to the club. Enjoy fresh fish, grilled kebabs and locally sourced salads, and dive into the rooftop pool to soak up the jaw-dropping Bosphorus vista while grooving to the beats spun by the DJ.

Adress: Ciragan Cad. No:28, Besiktas, Besiktas, 34349 Istanbul

Availability: Only guests at the hotel

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8. Laleli Gonen Hotel

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Rooftop pool Istanbul at Laleli Gonen Hotel | Photo: www.laleligonen.com/

Laleli Gonen Hotel presents a serene rooftop pool surrounded by lush greenery for travelers looking to escape the bustling city center.

The pool's tranquil atmosphere is complemented by stunning panoramic views encompassing Istanbul's historic and modern facets.

The Laleli Gonen Hotel offers a peaceful heaven with a touch of natural beauty, whether enjoying a leisurely swim or unwinding in a poolside cabana.

Adress: Fethi Bey Cad. Zeynep Kamil Sok. No:24 Laleli Fatih, Fatih, 34134 Istanbul

Availability: Only guests at the hotel

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Final thoughts

In the sprawling metropolis of Istanbul, rooftop pools offer an unparalleled way to experience the city's beauty, diversity, and rich history. From the modern skyscrapers to the historic land markets, these Istanbul rooftop pools provide a unique perspective that encapsulates the essence of the city.

Whether you're seeking a lavish retreat or a tranquil escape, the rooftop pools of Istanbul's luxurious hotels promise an unforgettable experience that marries comfort, beauty and culture in the heart of this mesmerizing city.

Hans Ebenman
Hans Ebenman

Hans has visited over 500 rooftop bars, 200 rooftop pools and 300 rooftop restaurants since 2015. This vast experience has made Hans a true rooftop expert, and one of the most knowledgeable in the field. Today, numerous of travel magazines, bloggers and media websites contact Hans to get his expertise on rooftops.