Be it for business or pleasure why not kick your city hotel game up a notch when traveling over the summer to include a lounge poolside. What is better than to cool off than at one of the chic, urban oasis with a serene vibe to match? With rosé in hand, you might actually feel as if you've been transported to the Côte d'Azur!
Below, dive into our picks of the best city pools worldwide.
NEW YORK CITY
Spanning an entire second-floor deck, the 4,800 square feet "beach" comes complete with French Riviera-inspired loungers, two cabanas, loads of imported sand and a DJ booth to get your groove on. Sip on rosé — from Côtes de Provence, of course — while poolside at the 50-foot glass-bottomed pool that looks down into the lobby.
355 WEST 16TH ST, DREAMHOTELS.COM/DOWNTOWN
THE EMPIRE HOTEL
Soak in the views of Lincoln Center and Central Park while you take a dip in the pool at The Pool Deck, a posh rooftop oasis. When you're not cooling, sun yourself on one of the daybeds or private cabanas equipped with ceiling fans LCD TVs, iPod docking stations, mini refrigerators and personal telephones...
44 WEST 63RD ST, EMPIREHOTELNYC.COM
GANSEVOORT PARK AVENUE
Where downtown edge meets uptown sensibility, the soothing color palette and natural elements at the Gansevoort’s rooftop pool has an ever-so-inviting atmosphere. Not only is the signature rooftop pool an ideal place for sunbathing and city-escape dreaming, but the Gansevoort also keeps the liquor flowing and the party going at ‘The Drift’, a beach and surf-inspired bi-level rooftop bar + lounge.
420 PARK AVE SOUTH, GANSEVOORTPARK.COM
MARINA BAY SANDS
If there’s anywhere to feel as if you’re on top of the world, this is it: the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands is nothing short of spectacular as you gaze down on the glittering city-skyline form 57 levels above. Soak up the sun on a luxe poolside lounger, or if you’re in need of shade — there’s a palm tree for that. Sip on Champagne as you experience an unforgettable and arguably the most beautiful sunset amidst the clouds.
10 BAYFRONT AVE, MARINABAYSANDS.COM
Paris's legendary pool complex, Piscine Molitor, has been reborn as a glamorous new hotel and summertime hot spot. Tucked away in the leafy outskirts of Paris, the pool opened with Art Deco splendor in 1929, and soon became a magnet for all things chic. Sunbathers would lounge among a star-studded crowd, streched out in white deck chairs and very often topless. And not to be forgotten, one of its first lifegards was Olympic gold medalist-turned-actor who would go on to star in the film Tarzaan. And after a $100 million investment, the Molitor has faithfully replicated its two original pools, as well as the canary-yellow walls and blue changing-room doors, and added a restaurant, a spa by Clarins, and a rooftop garden terrace with views of the Eiffel Tower.
13 RUE NUNGESSER ET COLI, MLTR.FR
W HONG KONG
More than just the chance to splash and tan, the W Hong Kong's 76th floor pool deck offers sweeping views of Victoria Harbour set against an iconic mosaic wall and is undoubtedly the best pool in heart of all the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong.
1 AUSTIN ROAD WEST KOWLOON STATION,
High on the 7th floor of The Berkeley, beyond the green leaves and scented blooms of the hotel’s secret garden, is one of London’s rare rooftop pools. Tiled in iridescent white and gold mosaic, the pool sits beneath a sliding roof, retractable when outside temperatures permit. Bathed in sunshine, aired with light breezes and flooded with natural light, the poolside loungers, tables and chairs are perfectly placed to savour every fine bite and tipple from the spa menu.