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Best Rooftop Bar Hotel Pools to Visit in NYC

July 1, 2015, 5:47 a.m.

These hot spots definitely have it all figured out: the blend of two of New Yorker's favorite things — rooftops and public swimming pools. What better than an elevated summertime oasis is worth throwing down some coins for? The great drinks and delicious food makes you want to stay all day long taking in the beautiful views while you cool off in the pool. While it’s true that most hotel rooftop pools in NYC are only available to hotel guests or individuals who have memberships, the following selections have day passes that allow you to enjoy a day in sunny bliss at reasonable rates:

Best Rooftop Bar Hotel Pools to Visit in NYC

The Pool at Dream

The modern hotel in the heart of the Meatpacking District has a terrace on the 2nd floor that almost replicates the French Riviera with its crisp white and navy chaises and umbrellas; a pool with a glass bottom that’s visible from the lobby level, and sand shipped directly from Montauk in their separate beach area.


During the week, the hotel provides $55 day passes to their pool to all non-guests so long as there is availability. For a guaranteed day at the pool, you can book one of their cabanas that seat up to ten people.

Best Rooftop Bar Hotel Pools to Visit in NYC

La Piscine at Hôtel Americano

The pool at Hotel American sits at the top of this 10-story boutique hotel in the Chelsea area of NYC. The pool is open to all non-guests for a $40 day pass. You can swing by and relax on one of the daybeds near the pool or cool off in the water while you enjoy the expansive views of Manhattan.

Best Rooftop Bar Hotel Pools to Visit in NYC

The James New York

While it’s not usually available to non-guests, the hotel offers a weekend “Jimmy Pool Party” with no cover charge. You can join the crowd, and we mean CROWD, on Saturdays and Sundays from 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. You’re not really going to be swimming laps at this pool but you’ll have a fantastic time with an incredible view of the Hudson River along with a variety of angles of Midtown Manhattan. Plus, you’ll have an entertaining time with their local DJ while you chill off in the pool!

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