Madrid is a popular city all year round, but visitors from June to August will realise just how hot the city can get, with temperatures regularly soaring into the high 30s. Choosing a hotel with a rooftop pool is a great option if you are visiting in summer, and an ideal way to cool off after a day of sightseeing.
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This art-deco-themed five-star hotel is located just down the road from the central Puerta del Sol and provides a stylish oasis in the heart of Madrid. It is decorated with artworks from around the world and even has its own museum dedicated to art from Papua New Guinea. Its rooftop pool area is a relaxed haven where you can enjoy a cocktail from the rooftop bar or cool off after a long day of pounding the pavements.
This hip hotel in the LGBT-friendly Chueca neighbourhood of Madrid has a stunning rooftop pool, the ideal place to cool off during Madrid’s sweltering summer months. The pool is surrounded by comfy, white sun loungers and chilled lounge music is piped out of the speakers. Non-guests can visit for either a half or full day. Tickets cost €30 for a half day at weekends or on weekdays and come with a complimentary glass of Cava – cheers!
Located just off the buzzing Gran Vía, Hotel Santo Domingo is a good deal for visitors who are looking for a central location, decent price and rooftop pool. Its rooftop terrace cocktail bar transforms into a pool area from June to September and is for the exclusive use of guests staying at the hotel, which means it tends to stay quieter than some other pools that allow outside guests.
This four-star hotel is right on Madrid’s Gran Vía, the heart of the city’s shopping and gateway to some of its best nightlife. Hotel Emperador’s rooftop pool is one of the biggest in Madrid, so is a great option for guests wanting to do some proper lengths rather than just dip their toes. The pool area is surrounded by an urban garden that makes the rooftop seem a million miles away from downtown Madrid. The pool is open from May-September. Non-guests can use the pool for €40 for a full day Monday-Friday and €50 at weekends – the ticket includes a complimentary glass of Cava or Aperol Spritz.
This design boutique hotel is right on the Gran Vía, with views over the leafy Plaza de España opposite. It has a rooftop restaurant, Nice To Meet You, as well as a rooftop lounge and Sky Pool. The pool has great views over the city’s rooftops giving you the feeling you’re swimming right over Madrid. Design is Nordic-chic and rooms are minimalist, with beautiful design touches.
Hotel Indigo, set just off the Gran Vía (noticing a theme here?) is a smart, four-star option right in the heart of Madrid. Relax with a cocktail at the Sky Lounge and Bar or take a refreshing dip in the hotel’s infinity pool. While the pool is definitely on the small side – designed more for a dip than a swim – it’s a great place to cool off during Madrid’s sweltering summer months. Even better, it faces west so lets bathers soak up Madrid’s beautiful sunset.
If you’re in town on business or want to stay out of the city centre, Hotel Exe Moncloa has you covered. The four-star hotel is located in Moncloa, close to the city’s main universities, and features a gym as well as rooftop bar and pool.