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The Best Hotel Rooftops in New York City

Courtesy of Westlight, credit: Noah Fecks
Courtesy of Westlight, credit: Noah Fecks
No matter the season, New Yorkers can’t resist a good rooftop. As they satisfy your sightseeing (and your staycation) desires, hotel rooftops have increased both in number and popularity in New York’s recent past. From popular penthouse discotheques to across-the-water Williamsburg bars, here are the best hotel rooftops to discover in New York City.

Westlight, Brooklyn

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Westlight, Brooklyn
Westlight, Brooklyn | Courtesy of The William Vale / Hotels.com
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As the site of much-liked Instagram shots and many first dates, Westlight is Williamsburg’s hottest (or at least highest) attractions. The 22nd-floor rooftop bar at The William Vale is the Brooklynite’s go-to for craft cocktails, rare spirits, and stunning panoramic views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, the East River, and more.
Hotel Amenities
Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar
Swimming pool
Gym
Pet Friendly
Business facilities
Crib
Non smoking
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Le Bain, New York

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Le Bain, New York
Le Bain, New York | Courtesy of The Standard High Line / Hotels.com
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Take a cue from the city’s cool crowd, and head to The Standard High Line’s popular penthouse lounge and discotheque. At Le Bain, you’ll enjoy a rooftop plunge pool, performances by world-famous DJs, and far-reaching views from your West Side vantage point—if you can get in, that is. Known as much for its famous clientele as the retro fun it provides, Le Bain is the hottest ticket in—or rather, above—town.
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Sun - Mon:
2:00 pm - 3:00 am
Mon:
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tue - Wed:
4:00 pm - 4:00 am
Wed - Thu:
4:00 pm - 4:00 am
Thu - Fri:
4:00 pm - 4:00 am
Fri - Sat:
2:00 pm - 4:00 am
Sat - Sun:
2:00 pm - 4:00 am

PUBLIC Hotel, Chrystie Street

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PUBLIC Hotel, Chrystie Street | Courtesy of PUBLIC Hotel / Hotels.com
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It should come as no surprise that a hotel pledging to deliver “luxury for all” offers one of New York City’s best rooftop experiences. With floor-to-ceiling windows featuring 360-degree panoramic views, an outdoor terrace serving as the site of popular weekend barbecues and everyday lounging, and a record for hosting talented DJs from around the world, the PUBLIC Hotel Rooftop achieves its mission to make indulgence accessible.
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Top of the Strand, New York

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The view from this 21st-floor drinking destination is worth braving the crowds for. Perched above Manhattan’s Strand Hotel, the Top of the Strand has become nearly as known as the famous Midtown structures situated nearby. At this glamorous rooftop bar, you’ll enjoy a front-row seat to sights including the Empire State Building, the illuminated crown of Langham Place, and more through rose (or rosé)-colored glasses.
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Sun:
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon:
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tue - Wed:
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wed - Thu:
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thu - Fri:
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat:
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun:
5:00 pm - 1:00 am

The Knickerbocker, New York

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The Knickerbocker, New York
The Knickerbocker, New York | Courtesy of The Knickerbocker / Hotels.com
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Never fear, New Yorkers: the “social rooftop” of The Knickerbocker is not your average Times Square experience. The area’s “first luxury hotel” delivers another exciting first: a Times Square bar even locals will love. Japanese whiskeys, local beers, mocktails, and more pair perfectly with St. Cloud Social’s dazzling bird’s-eye views of one of New York City’s most distinguished (and divisive) destinations.
Hotel Amenities
Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar
Gym
Pet Friendly
Childcare
Connecting rooms available
Non smoking
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La Piscine, West 27th Street

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La Piscine, West 27th Street
La Piscine, West 27th Street | Courtesy of Hotel Americano / Hotels.com
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The staycation of your dreams awaits at La Piscine, a rooftop “Coastal Mexican Grill” featuring south-of-the-border bites, vacation vibes, and picture-perfect views. Located 10-floors up at Chelsea’s Hotel Americano, this elevated urban oasis offers a refreshing four-foot-deep pool, signature frozen margaritas, and occasional live music and deejayed parties.
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Sun - Mon:
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Mon - Tue:
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tue - Wed:
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wed - Thu:
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thu - Fri:
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat:
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun:
5:00 pm - 1:00 am

McCarren Hotel & Pool, Brooklyn

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McCarren Hotel & Pool, Brooklyn
McCarren Hotel & Pool, Brooklyn | Courtesy of McCarren Hotel & Pool / Hotels.com
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After cooling down at the city’s most popular pool at McCarren Hotel and Pool, heat things up by heading upstairs to one of Brooklyn’s best rooftop bars. A diverse drinks menu, panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline, and a nightly Sunset Happy Hour from 5 to 7 pm round out the unmissable offerings at this enduring Williamsburg hot spot.
Hotel Amenities
Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar
Swimming pool
Pet Friendly
Connecting rooms available
Non smoking
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Z NYC Hotel, Long Island City

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Z NYC Hotel, Long Island City
Z NYC Hotel, Long Island City | Courtesy of Z NYC Hotel / Booking.com
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For the best views of Manhattan, you’ll have to leave it. From Queens’ up-and-coming Long Island City, you can take in all the world-famous landmarks New York has to offer. The best vantage point to see sights like the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, and more is the 5,000-square-foot elevated escape Z Roof, where 360-degree views quench your craving for a bite of the Big Apple.
Hotel Amenities
Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar
Pet Friendly
Business facilities
Non smoking
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