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Hotel developers are continuing to take their swimming pools to new heights—as in, sharply designed rooftops oases. In placing them atop their properties, hotel guests can not only lounge by the water but also relax while soaking up incredible skyline views. But before you pull out your swimsuit, note that these pools are only open to registered guests. Also, due to the pandemic, pool access in some instances requires an advanced reservation after your hotel booking is confirmed.

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The William Vale: Brooklyn

The William Vale

A luxe property in hip Williamsburg, the Vale Pool is recognized as the longest outdoor hotel pool in Brooklyn and features private poolside cabanas and daybeds by reservation. The hotel’s guests can sunbathe and order drinks, as well as food from a light bites menu by Chef Andrew Carmellini of NoHo Hospitality.

W Miami

W Miami

Containing what’s known as the WET deck, this Marriott property features a spacious terrace that runs along a 90-meter rooftop complete with a lounge area, rooftop cafe, and an infinity pool. The centerpiece of this 15th-floor rooftop is the 300-foot infinity pool that runs down its center and is shrouded by lounge chairs and greenery. Yet another private pool and lounge are located on the 50th floor, providing unparalleled ocean views. 

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis / Christian Horan / Four Seasons

Among the amenities at this prime resort in Missouri, the Sky Terrace may be its greatest highlight. It’s described as a modernist take on rooftop splendor complete with an outdoor pool, splash pad, private cabanas, and al-fresco dining. The Sky Terrace is located eight stories above the Mississippi, providing unparalleled views of the Gateway Arch, city, and the river.

Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt: Austin

Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt / Credit: Whit Preston

This property’s fourth floor pool deck is an urban oasis with shaded cabanas letting guests soak up a scene encompassing vistas of Lady Bird Lake and downtown Austin. Its indoor and outdoor spaces blend seamlessly, too, so guests won’t miss a beat from a stage featuring live music performances at the adjacent restaurant and bar, Geraldine’s. At night, an oversize outdoor fireplace brings forth a camp-fire scene.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

This Las Vegas Strip resort has what’s known as the Pool District, which consists of three swimming pools that include the Chelsea Pool and The Boulevard Pool. While The Chelsea Pool is at Level 14 in The Chelsea Tower, The Boulevard Pool is the top act with panoramic Vegas views. At the Boulevard Pool, cabana or daybed reservations include a built-in food and beverage minimum. During the summer, the pool’s marquee becomes a screen for the property’s Monday night movie series. 

New Orleans Marriott

New Orleans Marriott

Located in the heart of New Orleans between the historic French Quarter and bustling Warehouse District, this 4-star hotel features two expansive rooftop pools atop 800 rooms and suites. Located adjacent to one another, the pools are heated and surrounded by exotic plants and flora. Take a few laps or a quick dip before basking in the sun, while enjoying sweeping views of downtown New Orleans and the city skyline.

The Rally Hotel: Denver 

Image courtesy of The Rally Hotel

Opened in March 2021, this Denver newcomer has its plunge pool located within a skybridge roof deck full of dramatic views. Guests can marvel at the vast scenery, with the Rocky Mountains to the west; the Mile High City Skyline to the east; and, to the north, Coors Field. 

TWA Hotel at JFK Airport: Queens

The TWA Hotel at JFK Airport/ Credit: Eric Laignel

Located across from Terminal 5 at JFK Airport, Eero Saarinen’s 1962 TWA Flight Center has gained a second life as a hotel, with one perk being its rooftop infinity pool and observation deck overlooking a runway. There’s a pool bar menu involving aviation-themed cocktails along with wines and bubbly drink options. 

The Graduate Richmond: VA

The Graduate Richmond

This hotel’s rooftop pool, which is open May through mid-November, offers sweeping views of downtown Richmond to be taken in while relaxing in lounge chairs. At Byrdhouse, its restaurant and bar, guests can sip on cocktails and munch on shareable snacks and apps—from veggie egg rolls and fried byrd sliders, to smoked jumbo wings, and the signature Graduate Smashburger.

Margaritaville Hotel Nashville

Margaritaville Hotel Nashville

Creating a beach resort atmosphere in downtown Nashville, the rooftop pool at Margaritaville Hotel Nashville feels like an island paradise in the midst of Music City. Guests can swim in and soak up views of the Nashville skyline from the fourth-floor pool deck. Its Fins Bar offers live local music every Thursday–Saturday. Along with an extensive lineup of boat drinks, brews, and the hotel’s namesake margaritas, the menu has a great selection of lite bites, sandwiches, flatbreads, salads, and Tennessee favorites, including pulled pork and blackened shrimp.

Hotel Cerro: San Luis Obispo, CA

Hotel Cerro

While hotel pools often have citywide views, this Californian property in San Luis Obispo has a rooftop pool terrace that embraces the natural splendor of its surrounding hillside.  Complimented with lounge chairs and cabanas, the pool at Hotel Cerro has a menu that includes salads and sandwiches, light lunches and fresh cocktails during the daytime. At night, the pool can be used for private events and gatherings. 

The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa: GA

The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa

This four-diamond resort along the Savannah River has a cool backdrop, in that its rooftop pool faces the waterfront. Guests can not only look over at the river but might also watch ships passing to and from in the Port of Savannah. The pool is also heated and paired with a hot tub. Order from poolside beverage and lunch service, plus rent a poolside cabana for privacy or relax in a hammock.

Sonesta Philadelphia Ritterhouse Square

Sonesta Philadelphia Ritterhouse Square

This hotel boasts the city’s largest heated outdoor hotel pool, and is located within the Philly neighborhood that it’s named after. Available only to guests, lounge chairs are first come, first served, but there are also red single sofa seaters for relaxing across from the water.

Canopy by Hilton Scottsdale Old Town: AZ

Canopy by Hilton Scottsdale Old Town

This Hilton property’s Star Well & Being Spa has a rooftop pool with background views of Scottsdale’s McDowell Mountains.  An adults-only oasis, the pool is only open to those who have either paid for spa access for the day as a guest of the hotel, or to those who’ve had a treatment that day.

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