You’ll find an oasis for swimming, lounging, and tanning at many of the country’s top hotels. The best part is, you can still find a poolside escape even if you can’t get away. Check into the right hotel, and you’ll be able to take a dip and soak up some killer views in the middle of your own bustling city. Sometimes you don’t even have to be a hotel guest to get your toes wet. Here are our 10 favorite urban hotel pools for the summer.
Living the dream at Dream Downtown (Photo: Dream Downtown/Facebook)
Dream Downtown, New York City
Can’t make it to the Côte d’Azur? Just north of New York’s party-centric Meatpacking District is where you’ll find Dream Beach, an adults-only destination after 12 p.m. daily, which gracefully merges a French Riviera feel with its prime downtown location. There’s imported sand, chaise lounges that wouldn’t be out of place in Saint-Tropez, and VIP service in private cabanas. Why not complete the picture with your own bottle of Champagne?
The perfect way to cool off in Brooklyn (Photo: McCarren Hotel)
McCarren Hotel & Pool, Brooklyn
Yes, this sizzling spot in white-hot Williamsburg really does bill itself as a hotel and a pool, so you know that summer fun is serious business here. The 4,800-square-foot saltwater pool is a massive playground for both hotel guests and 21-and-over visitors who buy pool passes or reserve sunbeds. Williamsburg has long been known as hipster central, but it’s also turned into a destination for party-hopping Manhattanites and well-traveled tourists. So expect an eclectic if young crowd that knows how to enjoy itself.
Beautiful views at the Ritz-Carlton (Photo: Ritz Carlton)
The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey
Billed as the only waterfront pool in Los Angeles, this harborside destination faces one of the biggest constructed marinas in the world. Gaze at yachts galore in this luxurious locale that feels a world away from the madness of nearby Venice Beach. Visitors to this hotel can also enjoy tranquil water views from their rooms and an elegant spa.
Experience true Hollywood glam at Sixty Hotel. (Photo: Sixty Hotel)
Sixty, Beverly Hills
You’ll feel like an A-lister at this hotel located in the heart of Beverly Hills. Sip cocktails on the roof terrace known as “Above Beverly Hills” as you look at the beautiful skyline and Hollywood Hills. Located just steps away from famous stores and restaurants, Sixty offers a luxurious escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Have fun in the sun at the Arizona Grand Resort. (Photo: Arizona Grand Resort & Spa/Facebook)
Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, Phoenix
Why settle for a hotel pool when you can get a hotel water park? This resort’s 7-acre Oasis Water Park, perfect for both adults and children, includes a wave pool, an eight-story tower with three water slides for adrenaline junkies, and river tubing for those who just want to float and relax. If you just want to chill, relax in the 25-person hot tub, or ignore the world in a private cabana. This water wonderland is all about options.
Family fun at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa (Photo: Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa/Facebook)
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, San Antonio
With an activity pool equipped for water volleyball or basketball, you can get competitive at this 5-acre water park and pool complex. Even more, this facility succeeds at its goal of being fun for everyone with a 22-foot water slide, the 950-foot Ramblin River, a wading pool, and an adults-only pool.
You’ll feel like you’re swimming on air at the Joule Hotel (Photo: Joule Hotel/Facebook)
The Joule Hotel, Dallas
Designed by Adam Tihany, this downtown hotel’s pool is a glass-fronted architectural marvel that makes infinity pools seem passé. The 10th-floor Joule pool cantilevers 8 feet beyond the hotel’s structure, giving visitors the feeling that they’re swimming off the edge of the building as they stare out at the city. Grab a drink or two at the adjacent bar, and swim out to infinity and beyond.
This pool keeps going, and going, and going. (Photo: Viceroy/Facebook)
Size matters at this downtown hotel, where the 300-foot pool boasts the distinction of being the biggest infinity pool in Florida, overlooking Biscayne Bay. Add a wading pool, and a gargantuan hot tub that fits 80 people, and you have a “continuous water feature” that’s as big as a football field.
This all-glass pool at the W Hotel will make you feel like you’re in an aquarium. (Photo: W Hotels)
W Hotel, Fort Lauderdale
Perfect for both showoffs and voyeurs, the pool deck features an aquarium-style pool with glass-bottom panels that let swimmers play peek-a-boo with other hotel guests. And with a second infinity pool, a poolside bar, hot tubs, cabanas, and one of the world’s only Bliss Spas with poolside services, this is a hotel where you could happily spend entire days at the pool. Need even more water? This is Fort Lauderdale, so of course the hotel is on the beach.
A beautiful pool with a beautiful view (Photo: Four Seasons)
Four Seasons, Seattle
With a glorious nature-filled backdrop that’s hard to top, this pool feels like it flows into Elliott Bay. The pool also offers views of everything from serene Bainbridge Island to the majestic Olympic Mountains. Open year-round from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., this is a place with sunrise and sunset views that thrill.