The 5 best rooftop pools at hotels in New York

Published: July 23, 2019

The perfect way to combine a big city weekend with some sun and swimming!

Swim in luxurious rooftop pools at hotels with a mighty view of the NYC skyline. Sounds like a dream right? But it doesn't have to be just a dream.

There are some truly amazing rooftop pools in New York to choose from. From Brooklyn to Midtown Manhattan. Most are exclusive to guests staying at the hotel, but some rooftop pools are also available to the public.

The perfect way to combine a big city weekend with some sun, swimming and views is to visit a cool rooftop pool.

If you are looking for drinks and food with a view in NYC, you should check out the best New York rooftop bars and NYC rooftop restaurants.

Here’s our 2019 list of the 5 best rooftop pools at hotels in NYC.

5. Royalton Park Avenue

Rooftop pool New York - Royalton Park Avenue
Rooftop pool New York - Royalton Park Avenue
Rooftop pool New York - Royalton Park Avenue
Royalton Park Avenue

What used to be Gansevoort Park Rooftop is now Royalton Park Avenue. The rooftop pool is however the same, and this terrace can boast with one of the best rooftop pools in New York.

One floor above the Rooftop at Royalton Park Avenue you’ll find this gem. Located in the middle of Manhattan (on Park Avenue, as the name suggests) with mighty views over the skyline with Empire State Building as a cool backdrop.

As a guest at the hotel you can enjoy this fine rooftop swimming pool with one of New York’s best locations. Perfect place to stay at if searching for roof pools NYC, otherwise you have to settle for poolside chillin in the rooftop bar.

Adress: 420 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016, USA

Availability: Only guests at the hotel

Hours: Daily 7am - 7am

Towels included: Yes

Good to know: Children need to be accompanied by an adult

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4. The Dominick

Rooftop pool New York - The Dominick
Rooftop pool New York - The Dominick
Rooftop pool New York - The Dominick
The Dominick

While the rooftop pool at the fantastic Dominick Hotel is not set on the top and 46th floor, the 7th floor location still offers fantastic views over both the Manhattan skyline and the Hudson River.

Open seasonally, the very stylish, blue Italian mosaic-lined rooftop pool and terrace is an exclusive SoHo oasis. Perfect for mixing sunshine, swimming and views. If you stay at the hotel.

Non-guests can also visit 'Terrace on 7', an indoor-outdoor restaurant and bar offering food and drinks with Japanese inspirations. Book one of the luxurious cabanas and you can also get access to the rooftop pool.

Adress: 246 Spring St, New York, NY 10013

Availability: Guests at the hotel / Cabana rentals

Season: May - September

Towels included: Yes

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3. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Rooftop pool New York - 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
Rooftop pool New York - 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
Rooftop pool New York - 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

The newly opened, eco-luxe hotel 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is a spectacular hotel in itself. But it do come with one major highlight: the rooftop pool! Or two major highlights: the rooftop pool and the views from the rooftop pool.

Located just off the Brooklyn Bridge (on the Brooklyn side) you get an absolutely amazing view of the Manhattan skyline from here. It is almost hard to tell if you are taking a dip in the pool or in the East River.

In between dips you can sip handcrafted cocktails from Harriet's Rooftop. While the rooftop bar is open to the public, you have to stay at the hotel to enjoy the rooftop pool. We really think you should.

Adress: 60 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA

Availability: Only guests at the hotel

Season: Closed winter season

Towels included: Yes

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2. Gansevoort Meatpacking

Rooftop pool New York - Gansevoort Meatpacking
Rooftop pool New York - Gansevoort Meatpacking
Rooftop pool New York - Gansevoort Meatpacking
Gansevoort Meatpacking

A rooftop pool New York located on top of the cool and trendy hotel Gansevoort Meatpacking. The pool is free and exclusive for guests staying at the hotel.

The rooftop pool is heated, so this urban oasis is open for swim and cocktails year round. And while dipping and enjoying drinks in the comfy loungers, you can also take in the amazing views of Hudson River and downtown New York. A perfect way to see the city and at the same time enjoy total relaxation.

While the rooftop pool is exclusive, everyone not staying at Gansevoort Meatpacking can visit the Lelie Rooftop. A chic lounge / cocktail bar with the same amazing views, well made drinks and top atmosphere.

Adress: 18 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014, USA

Availability: Only guests at the hotel

Hours: Monday - Sunday: 7.00am - 9.00pm

Towels included: Yes

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1. Jimmy at The James

Rooftop pool New York - Jimmy at The James
Rooftop pool New York - Jimmy at The James
Rooftop pool New York - Jimmy at The James
Jimmy at The James

Maybe the best rooftop pool in all of New York. The swimming pool in itself is really nothing out of the ordinary, but the roof terrace, the atmosphere and the view is just amazing. Fantastic skyline view of downtown, Hudson River and Manhattan.

Usually it’s only the hotels guests staying at The James New York - SoHo that are allowed to use the rooftop pool. But summer weekends means 'Pool Party Series' up on the terrace, available to the public.

From 3pm - 8pm it ia all about swimming with a view, DJ's and drinks. Make sure to be on time and join the fun. A 'must do' if in New York.

Adress: 27 Grand St, New York, NY 10013, USA

Availability: Only guests at the hotel / Summer weekend 'Pool Party Series' for all

Hours: Mon - Fri from 8am - 4pm, Thur from 9am - 4pm and Sat - Sun from 8am - 2pm

Pool Party Series: Sat & Sun: from 3pm - 8pm

Towels included: Yes

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Written by:
The Rooftop Guide

- the world's leading experts on rooftop venues

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