The Top Rooftop Pools in New York City

We've tracked down the best rooftop pools in New York City
We've tracked down the best rooftop pools in New York City | © Sean Pavone / Alamy Stock Photo
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Blogger5 November 2020

Pools are hard to come by in New York City, but we’ve tracked down the best rooftop swimming spots, for those times when nothing but a cooling dip will do.

Royalton Park Avenue

Building, Park
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Courtesy of Royalton Park Avenue / Expedia
This rooftop pool, on lower Park Ave, is a bit tough to get into – but there is a rooftop bar near the pool, so it’s worth making some friends who are staying at the hotel, and sneaking your way up there. You’ll get some great views of the Empire State Building, too!

The James

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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Courtesy of the James New York SoHo / Expedia
This hotel and its rooftop bar, the Jimmy, is an excellent place to see some Manhattan skylines, enjoy a cocktail and even take a dip in the rooftop pool. There are a lot of photo opportunities here, with the large LOVE sign and the city in the background.

Mr Purple

Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
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Courtesy of Hotel Indigo Lower East Side New York / Expedia
A popular destination in the Lower East Side for its gorgeous views of lower Manhattan and its Euro-chic crowd, Mr Purple also has a small pool on the roof. It’s almost more for show than anything else, but if you manage to get a reservation at the adjoining hotel, you’ll be able to take a dip to cool off here.

Equinox Printing House

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Courtesy of Equinox Hotel New York / Expedia
The swanky Equinox Printing House gym has not only state-of-the-art workout machines and amenities, but also a fabulous rooftop pool overlooking the Manhattan skyline. If you happen to live near this West Village location, this is a fabulous place to take a swim.

Selina Chelsea New York City

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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Courtesy of Selina Chelsea / Expedia

The Selina Chelsea, in the heart of Manhattan’s art district, comes with the added bonus of a rooftop pool, bar and restaurant. You may well be able to gain access to enjoy some food and drinks at the restaurant/bar, but taking a dip requires a day pass or a hotel reservation. It’s a lovely space to spend the day if you have the time.

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These recommendations were updated on November 5, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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