While not filled with venues for swims with a view, there are some San Francisco rooftop pools well worth checking out. This complete guide to help you through the rooftop pool jungle in San Francisco.
From hotels equiped with rooftop pools to modern apartments with elevated amenities, here you can find booking links and all info you need to know to make the most out of your San Francisco rooftop pool adventure. Just dive into the list!
If you're looking for drinks and food at rooftop level, check out the best San Francisco rooftop bars here.
Here's our list of the 5 best rooftop pools San Francisco
1. Holiday Inn San Francisco - Golden Gateway
Rooftop pool San Francisco at Holiday Inn San Francisco - Golden Gateway | Photo: www.ihg.com/
The American-owned Holiday Inn is famous for its easy and accessible properties. The vision is that the joy of travelling should be for everyone. With its 26 floors, Holiday Inn San Francisco - Golden Gateway offers incredible views. In every room you can enjoy the city or bay from above.
From morning until evening, you can take a swim in the rooftop pool and get a good view of important landmarks in San Francisco. By the rooftop pool there is plenty of space with sun loungers and a big lounge group.
This rooftop hotel gives you the opportunity to enjoy your own space and is an affordable option for a city vacation with the advantage of a pool experience.
Adress: 1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109
Availability: Guests at the hotel
Opening hours: 7am-9pm
2. 399 Freemont
Rooftop pool San Francisco at 399 Freemont | Photo: www.udr.com/
The cool and trendy 399 Freemont is a 42-story tower made for luxury living. Everything is top modern in the apartment complex, and its located just a short walk away from unique boutique shops, wine bars, and award-winning restaurants.
The year-round rooftop lap pool on the 5th floor offers a relaxing environment with greenery and a lounge area. Besides the large swimming pool, you find a jacuzzi and an outdoor kitchen. At night, the pool and jacuzzi lights up making it possible to take a swim even during a late evening.
There is also a top floor Sky Lounge, where you get an incredible view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean.
Adress: 399 Fremont St, San Francisco, CA 94105
3. Fifteen Fifty
Rooftop pool San Francisco at Fifteen Fifty | Photo: www.relatedrentals.com
Found on 1550 Mission Street, these luxury rentals want to bring like-minded people together under the same roof. The 120 meter high skyscraper has elegant apartments combining comfort and function with floor-to-ceiling windows.
In the building, you find a landscaped private park and a sparkling rooftop pool with a sun deck and a pool house. From the rooftop you can take a dip in the pool or the hot tub, while watching the beautiful landscape of San Francisco.
The pool is private and only available for people renting the apartments, but if you are considering a longer stay in the city – this is the perfect option. After a pool day, mingle with neighbors and fire up the grills for a barbecue in the park.
Adress: 1550 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
4. Channel Mission Bay
Rooftop pool San Francisco at Channel Mission Bay | Photo: www.udr.com/
If you want to experience sophisticated living in the center of San Francisco with the perks of a rooftop pool, you should stay at Channel Mission Bay. By the name you get a hint of where the stylish apartments are located.
With the view of the San Francisco Bay, you can spend the hot days by the outdoor pool, and for the colder evenings – enjoy the heated jacuzzi. Fully equipped with everything you need for a day in the sun and decorated with trees and plants this terrace is a spot where you want to be.
Channel Mission Bay partners with top services to make the apartment living better and offers a lot of incredible features for the guests.
Adress: 185 Channel St, San Francisco, CA 94158
5. SoMa House
Rooftop pool San Francisco at SoMa House | Photo: www.somahousesf.com/
Taking over from Americania Hotel, SoMa House is situated in San Francisco’s SoMa district, renowned for its museums, shops and gourmet restaurants. The fully renovated property includes a 3rd floor rooftop, surrounded by the contemporary buildings in the district.
The outdoor heated rooftop pool on top of SoMa House provides guests with a good view and a magical pool experience. Altough the seating is quite simple, it’s the perfect oasis for any business trip or family vacation in the city.
After a long day of meetings or exploring the streets of San Francisco, head up to the rooftop to enjoy a swim.
Adress: 121 7th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Availability: Guests at the hotel
Rikard has spent the last 10 years exploring, enjoying, researching and working with rooftop venues. During these years he has visited more than 700 rooftops across the globe. The experience he has gained is used to create helpful, in-depth and accessible content, and to share his knowledge and rooftop expertise with fellow rooftop-lovers.