The Best Hotels With a Pool in Manhattan, New York City

New York Citys best hotels offer scene-setting swimming spots for all seasons
New York City's best hotels offer scene-setting swimming spots for all seasons | © Jon Arnold Images Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

This city for all seasons lays on scene-setting swimming spots – hidden away in spas, high up on rooftops and beside cocktail-serving bars.

New York, it’s one heck of a town. It can sure feel that way over the summer when the metropolis sizzles and swelters. But there’s little better than a cool dip in an outdoor pool to reset your thermostat. Winters, too, can be biting – but luckily this ever-adaptable city adjusts, with steaming pools sequestered away in spas to warm your bones. So jump in, whatever the season, and join us for a rundown of the best hotels in Manhattan with pools.

1. The Empire Hotel

Hotel

The rooftop pool at the Empire Hotel in Manhattan with the citys skyscrapers behind.
Courtesy of Empire Hotel / Expedia
From its Art Deco entrance to boldly sumptuous retro interiors, there’s something quintessentially New York City about the Empire Hotel. While its lobby bar oozes plenty of NY glamour, it’s the rooftop spot you’ll be heading to when the mercury rises. Up on the 12th floor, you can sip al fresco cocktails while soaking in the Upper West Side skyline and Central Park vistas, slipping in and out of this Manhattan hotel’s pool at your leisure.

2. The Baccarat Hotel

Hotel, Apartment

A chic four-poster bed in a bedroom with white panelled walls and dark wood furniture at the Baccarat Hotel and Residences.
 Courtesy of Baccarat Hotel and Residences New York / Expedia
This shimmering tower of opulence in Midtown Manhattan is a beacon for well-to-do travelers looking for a genuinely five-star-plus experience. So, it will come as little surprise that the hotel’s Spa de La Mer wellness center boasts one of the most eye-pleasing indoor hotel pools in Manhattan (perfectly heated, of course). Inspired by the Côte d’Azur, the surrounding daybeds are perfect for tranquil contemplation in between dips.

4. The Greenwich

Suite Hotel

A wood beamed ceiling and walls surround the pool area at the Greenwich Hotel.
 Courtesy of the Greenwich Hotel / Expedia

Owned by iconic New Yorker Robert De Niro – who was born nearby – this Tribeca design hotel combines richly low-lit nostalgia with a healthy dollop of the exotic. The hotel’s subterranean Shibui Spa features a 250-year-old bamboo farmhouse imported from Japan. Within it is a long heated hotel pool in Manhattan, deftly illuminated so the water appears an inviting aquamarine. There are few places in Manhattan where you can swim enveloped in such an atmosphere of otherworldly serenity.

5. Hotel Indigo

Boutique Hotel

A contemporary hotel room with photographic mural wall and a large bed with a button-tufted leather headboard.
Courtesy of Hotel Indigo / Expedia

Take the elevator up to the 14th-floor lobby of this edgy boutique hotel with a pool in Manhattan, and your eyeballs are immediately in for a double treat – a custom mural by graffiti legend Lee Quiñones and a spectacular 360-degree panorama of the city’s iconic skyline. There are more superb vistas from its rooftop terrace, where you can also take the plunge in a heated swimming pool. Dry off, frozen margarita in hand, while choosing something to nibble on – the truffle waffle fries sure sound good.

6. Mandarin Oriental

Hotel

A large hotel room with floor-to-ceiling windows looks over Manhattans rooftops at dusk.
 Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental New York / Expedia

Synonymous with five-star lodgings, the New York edition of the Mandarin Oriental certainly doesn’t disappoint with its elegant interpretation of Asian-infused luxury. It occupies the 35th to the 54th floors of the Time Warner Center, overlooking the southwest corner of Central Park – resulting in predictably wow-worthy views. The 75ft (23m) lap pool, which surely must qualify as one of the city’s most elevated, is flooded with natural light and offers spectacular vistas over the Hudson River.

7. Gansevoort

Chain Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel

A chic, modern room at the Gansevoort, Meat Packing, looks out towards the Hudson River.
 Courtesy of Gansevoort Meatpacking / Expedia
Set high-up in the heart of the hip Meatpacking District is the 12th-floor rooftop terrace of the Gansevoort Hotel. Not only does it offer guests a heated year-round pool with awesome 360-degree views, but by night turns into one of the area’s hottest bars to drink and mingle. When you’re ready to turn in, luxurious Egyptian cotton linens await in your room, together with a Google Nest Hub smart system to control everything from lights and blinds to wake-up calls.

Need more New York hotel pool inspiration? Check out our guides to Long Island’s best hotels with pools and the top rooftop pools in New York City – bookable with Culture Trip.

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