In the city that never sleeps, the best views of the glittering metropolis are from above. And many of NYC’s top vantage points also feature outdoor swimming pools – by far the best places to cool down and relax during the warmer months. Head up to any one of these rooftop pools and see for yourself.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
Sweeping Manhattan views and delicious cocktail sipping
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is an eco-conscious hotel with a futuristic, glass facade that glitters on the banks of the East River. It features one of the city’s most sought-after vistas, best enjoyed from the 10th floor or the slim pool overlooking the Manhattan skyscraper across the river. And on clear days Bookers can even see the Statue of Liberty. Plus the Brooklyn Heights Social Club right next to the pool serves up signature cocktails and delicious lobster rolls.
A portrait of Andy Warhol is painted on the floor of this rooftop pool
Sixty LES is a boutique hideout set in the hip yet gritty Lower East Side. The chic interior with cognac lounge chairs and metallic accents continue out to the rooftop area. Up top there’s a fully-stocked bar, banging sound system, sun chairs, a Japanese restaurant, and even an underwater portrait of Andy Warhol on the bottom of the pool. If you’re going with a group of friends, we recommend booking one of the poolside cabanas for the day, or keep the good times going well into the night.
The Williamsburg Hotel
Grab a drink from the rooftop cafe before kicking back on pinstriped sun chairs
There’s an effortless cool to The Williamsburg Hotel. It’s the brainchild of the architects behind Soho House Berlin, striking the perfect blend of modern design and traditional style. The pool is no exception. A long strip of soothing blue water stretches across the roof, lined pinstriped sunbeds and a rooftop café for refueling after a swim. Bookers can take in some of New York’s most striking views over Brooklyn’s red-brick architecture and the Manhattan skyline beyond. Be sure to hang around for the evening to check out to the hotel’s water tower, which promises the best cocktails and late-night dancing.
Royalton Park Avenue
This rooftop pool looks its best at night, under rope lights and with the Empire State Building in the background
The rooftop pool at the Royalton Park Avenue—previously known as the Gansevoort Park Rooftop—continues to draw in trendy New Yorkers regardless of the name change. Perched high up on the hotel’s 20th floor, it’s an oasis in the heart of the city with 40-foot-long pool that’s line by a wall of lush ivy. The rooftop is at its most magical at night though, with rope lights and candles framing the view of the Empire State Building towering in the distance. It offers Bookers unforgettable views of the New York skyline, just as long as they take it easy on the pool bar’s delicious cocktails.
The William Vale
Craft cocktails and Manhattan views are just two main draws
Considering Brooklyn’s reputation, it’s no surprise that the borough is home to one of the most stylish pools in New York. The William Vale, a new addition to the Williamsburg neighborhood, is like a glimpse into the future. This hotel’s pool is game-changer in terms of design – at 60 feet, it’s the longest hotel pool in the city. Overlooking the East River, it offers incredible views of the sun setting behind the New York skyline. It’s a welcoming spot for all types of guests, including families who will appreciate the lifeguard service and couples who might want to hit the poolside bar, Westlight. On the 22nd floor, they specialize in artisanal cocktails like frozen mai tais and cucumber margaritas. When it’s time for dinner, Bookers can head down to the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, featuring coastal Italian cuisine prepared with wood-fire cooking techniques.
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