Cool It: Manhattan's Best Pools
Hot pools, cool water

Maneuvering the heat in Manhattan isn't always easy. The sun is shinning from every glass window and the asphalt is usually breathing out a hot spell. There's little ventilation and always being on the run isn't precisely great for avoiding perspiration. We'll tan on our rooftops, sprawl out in Central Park, but what we really want is, please God, a pool. Below is a list of the best hotel pools in Manhattan and the best part is you don't need to be an overnight guest to take a splash. 

Hotel Gansevoort


In the heart of the Meatpacking District, this trendy hotel has a rooftop pool where you can enjoy sun rays all day (all year long too since the pool is opened 365 days a year with a heated system). With underwater music and colored lighting, this pool will get the party started. And while you're relaxing by the water just take a look at the view, --Manhattan never did look so beautiful. 

Where: 118 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10014-1280
(212) 206-6700





Mandarin Oriental


We mentioned tanning and sun rays, but hey not everyone likes to get toasted underneath NY's summer sun. And we don't discriminate. So if you are one of these people trying to avoid too much sun but still want to take a plunge in a pool, the Mandarin Oriental is right up your alley. The 75-foot lap pool is also ideal for anyone who wants to exercise. With beautiful views over the Hudson River and natural daylight this is the place to come and relax. The pool is opened 6:00 am to 9:00 pm on weekdays, 7:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturday and 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on Sundays. 

Where: 80 Columbus Circle

New York, NY

(212) 805-8800


Grace Hotel 


Don't let size through you off. The pool at the Grace Hotel may be small, but the entertainment is grand. Enter through a dim lit hallway into the bar area and surprise surprise, dress code is swimwear. Jump in the pool and you can order you drinks from the bar inside the pool or you can relax by the outside bar which has some couches and is next to the DJ booth. The purple lights by the pool will keep the party rolling until the wee hours of the morning and the waterfall on plasma TV screens will promote that relaxed feel if that's what you're going for. 




Where: 125 W 45th St

(between Avenue Of The Americas & 7th Ave) 

New York, NY 10036


Empire Hotel


Welcome to paradise. Because having a pool in NYC is not enough, the Empire Hotel went out all the way and added sun-beads, private cabanas, day beds, LCD televisions, mini fridges, wireless internet access and ceiling fans. Wow, I'm out of breath. The Pooldeck at the Empire Hotel is one of the hottest hangouts for these long summer days. Tan and chill all day and end your visit with a plunge underneath the stars. 




Where: 44 West 63rd Street

New York, NY 10023

(212) 265-7400


Dream Downtown 


Dream is correct. With a grand opening last month, Dream Downtown just made this summer all that more fun. Visit this hotel's pool, which has its own bar and check in area separate from the one for hotel guests. You can certainly tan in the pool, but let's just say you'll be doing more than enjoying the sun. With an awesome bar and music playing all day long, Dream Downtown will be your favorite party place from now until Labour Day. Preferred attire? Bikinis. 

Where: 346 West 17th street New York, NY

(212) 229-2559