Best rooftop pools San Diego

Skip the beach and enjoy elevated poolside relaxation

Published: January 16, 2021
Rooftop pools San Diego
Rooftop pool San Diego at InterContinental | Photo: www.intercontinentalsandiego.com/

Southern California, a place where rooftop dreams come true. While a day at the San Diego beaches can be great, a more exclusive and elevated option on a sunny day is to look upwards, to the San Diego rooftop pools. Often located at a trendy hotel with a view over the city or the Pacific Ocean coastline, there are some truly magical venues to explore.

To help you find the top spots, we have gathered a list of the best hotel rooftop pools San Diego has to offer. From the most relaxing places to swim with a view, to vibrant rooftop pool party San Diego. So, what are you waiting for, get out there and find the best San Diego rooftop pools now.

After a day of swimming, don’t forget to check out the best San Diego rooftop bars here.

Here's our list of the 8 best rooftop pools San Diego

1. Andaz San Diego

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Rooftop pool San Diego at Andaz San Diego | Photo: www.sandiego.andaz.hyatt.com/

Located in the Gaslamp District, the fabulous Andaz San Diego serves one of the best rooftop setting in San Diego. Called The Rooftop by STK, this 7th floor terrace has pretty much all: a trendy rooftop bar, beautiful city and ocean views, and an amazing Rooftop pool San Diego.

The rooftop swimming pool is quite large and has a very luxurious feel, much thanks to the surrounding poolside cabanas. These can be reserved by anyone (expect a daily rate of about $375), but otherwise the rooftop pool is exclusive to guests staying at the hotel.

During daytime, the rooftop works as a nice and relaxing poolside lounge, perfect for swims and long lunches in the sun. At night, there’s a livelier party feeling. In other words, there’s something for everyone at this lovely San Diego rooftop pool.

Adress: 600 F Street, Downtown San Diego, San Diego, CA 92101

Availability: Guests at the hotel / Cabana rentals

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2. Solamar San Diego

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Rooftop pool San Diego at Solamar San Diego | Photo: www.hotelsolamar.com

The modern hotel Solamar San Diego holds a rooftop with views overlooking the Gaslamp Quarter. The terrace is home to both the Upper East Bar, as well as lovely San Diego rooftop pool.

Free for guests staying at the hotel, the pool is also accessible for outside visitors, by renting one of the private cabanas or comfy pool side chaise loungers. Apart from pool access, you will also get fresh towels, ice-cold water, and other cool summer treats.

With approximately 7,500 sq. ft. of space, the Solamar rooftop is really impressive. You can enjoy a full and relaxing day by the pool, but also visit for afternoons and nights filled with artisan cocktails, casual small plates, outdoor games and cozy fire pits.

Adress: 435 Sixth Avenue, Downtown San Diego, San Diego, CA 92101

Availability: Guests at the hotel / Cabana rentals

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3. Pendry San Diego

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Rooftop pool San Diego at Pendry San Diego | Photo: www.pendry.com/

On the 5th floor of the amzing Pendry San Diego you find The Pool House, a premier rooftop lounge offering some of the best views in the Gaslamp Quarter.

Light and contemporary, this indoor/outdoor venue serves as a beautiful lounge and bar, but even more so as one of the best San Diego rooftop pools around. Surrounded with comfy sun loungers and stylish cabanas, the pool is open and free daily for hotel guests, but also available for non-hotel guests Sunday to Thursday from 11am to 6pm ($100 dining minimum required).

Embodying the essence of the Southern California lifestyle, the Pendry rooftop is a fantastic spot for cosmopolitan relaxation during daytime, as well as evenings filled with a vibrant signature bar, cocktail and food experience. Sunday's usually also means a happening rooftop pool party.

Adress: 550 J Street, Downtown San Diego, San Diego, CA 92101

Availability: Daily 9am–6pm for guests at the hotel / Sun-Thur 11am-6pm for non-hotel guests

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4. The Westgate Hotel

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Rooftop pool San Diego at The Westgate Hotel | Photo: www.westgatehotel.com/

Located in downtown San Diego, the stylish Westgate Hotel is a great venue for accommodation, but also a fantastic place to pamper mind and body, thanks to the AquaVie Fitness Club.

Boasting over 40,000 square feet of state-of-the-art fitness center space, AquaVie offers gym, steam room, sauna and much more. But best of all is the 4th floor heated lap pool, which is the largest rooftop pool in downtown San Diego.

Set on a spacious rooftop deck, which also includes a hot tub and amazing San Diego views, the rooftop pool and surrounding loungers works great to swim laps, or just relax with some food and beverages. Free for guests staying at the The Westgate Hotel, this San Diego rooftop pool has pretty much all you need.

Adress: 1055 2nd Avenue, Downtown San Diego, San Diego, CA 92101

Availability: Hotel guests / AquaVie Members

Hours: Daily 6am-10pm

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5. Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego Downtown/Bayfront

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Rooftop pool San Diego at Residence Inn | Photo: www.marriott.com/

This fantastic San Diego rooftop pool does not belong to one hotel, but two, both operated by the Marriott group. So to enjoy it, you should either book your stay at the 3-star Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego Downtown/Bayfront, or the 4-star SpringHill Suites by Marriott San Diego Downtown/Bayfront.

Whatever your choice may be, you will have access to stylish pool terrace and the heated outdoor swimming pool, open year-round and offering amazing views over the ocean and the city skyline.

The hotels also hold a new and trendy rooftop bar called Harbor & Sky Rooftop Bar and Lounge, serving drinks, bites and views from the 5th floor.

Adress: 900 Bayfront Court, Downtown San Diego, San Diego, CA 92101

Availability: Only hotel guests

Hours: Daily 7am-10pm

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6. Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego

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Rooftop pool San Diego at Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego | Photo: www.hotelpalomar-sandiego.com/

Set in downtown San Diego, the luxury design hotel Kimpton Palomar comes with a spacious and stylish rooftop terrace, called Level 4 Pool Deck and Lounge.

A sheltering wall means that the views are not the best in town, but with a refreshing rooftop pool, this is still a fantastic spot to make the most out of the pleasant San Diego weather. And a swiw surrounded by skyscrapers is always something special.

Decorated with a mix of comfy sun beds and stylish lounge furniture, the rooftop bar serves delicious and well-made cocktails along with tasty bites from California chef Brad Kraten.

The Kimpton Hotel Palomar rooftop pool is open year round to guests staying at the hotel, while outside visitors should keep an eye out for the summer weekend pool party's.

Adress: 1047 5th Avenue, Downtown San Diego, San Diego, CA 92101

Availability: Hotel guests / Events

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7. InterContinental San Diego

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Rooftop pool San Diego at InterContinental San Diego | Photo: www.intercontinentalsandiego.com/

InterContinental San Diego offers urban elegance on the San Diego waterfront. Maybe never more present than at the amazing 4th floor rooftop pool and terrace.

Here you can swim with breathtaking views of San Diego Bay, or sip on a cocktail in one of the luxurious poolside cabanas. The laidback rooftop bar and lounge Layover is also open for drinks and bites both day and night.

Apart from dips in the rooftop pool, you can also stay healthy in the next door wellness center, equipped with the latest equipment, and a yoga terrace where you can cool down.

Adress: 901 Bayfront Court, Downtown San Diego, San Diego, CA 92101

Availability: Only hotel guests

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8. Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

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Rooftop pool San Diego at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego | Photo: www.hardrockhotelsd.com/

The vibrant Hard Rock Hotel San Diego is set in the heart of town, and offers and equally vibrant top floor rooftop bar called Float. The rooftop is home to one of the most popular rooftop pools San Diego, especially if you like to party in a luxurious environment with panoramic views.

If you want to make your visit here extra special, you should rent a private poolside cabana, equipped with flat screen TV. There’s also lots of lounge furniture’s to chill, if you don’t want to spend too much money on a cabana. Make sure to make reservations during the weekends – it’s a very popular San Diego rooftop pool.

Adress: 207 5th Avenue, Downtown San Diego, San Diego, CA 92101

Availability: Hotel guests / Cabana rentals

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