With August on the horizon, summer isn’t finished anytime soon and this city’s heat is set to stay for a little while longer.
Avoiding or coping with the weather at present may limit city dwellers to a few options: Staying indoors, finding a suitable climate in restaurants or bars, chasing shade in parks or leaving altogether to go to a nearby beach.
However, NYC does have a number of oasis’s that can’t be seen from street level. And what could be better than a rooftop bar?
ANSWER: A rooftop bar with a pool.
Perched on top of many hotels and tall buildings, are secluded pools unbeknownst to many.
NYgal has found a few rooftop pools that are open to the public and non-guests with day passes, offering cocktails and a refreshing breeze from being several stories above the stuffy, congested NYC sidewalks.
Image Source: Dream Beach Club
The Dream Downtown’s 5000 square foot Beach Club is located in Chelsea, in close proximity to The Highline, The Meatpacking district, and Chelsea Market.
If you’re not one of the guests or staying in the seven exclusive rooms with direct access to the pool, there is a $65 day-pass available, depending on how full it is.
Dream Beach club’s pool has a glass bottom and, to enhance the feeling of escapism for the weekend, the deck is covered with real sand.
Spend all day, from 11-8, on one of the 50 beds circling the pool or one of the private cabanas and grab lunch, brunch or a snack from the cafe.
The William Vale Hotel
Image Source: The William Vale Hotel
The outstanding William Vale Hotel building, in the neighborhood of Williamsburg, is an elegant statement of modern luxury and demands the best views of the Skyline at 22 stories high.
The view, which is amongst one of the most praised features, can be appreciated by the naked eye and complimentary observation viewers. The William Vale rooftop also holds the longest swimming pool in the city at 60 feet!
This isn’t solely limited to guests, though, as the hotel opens to the public every Monday-Thursday during the summer season.
But, the pricing reflects its chicness, with Chaise Lounge beds starting at $150 and Cabanas reaching $850 that can fit (and be divided between) eight people for a very special occasion.
The most recently opened pool and rooftop bar is on top of the Williamsburg Hotel in Brooklyn. Located at 96 Wythe Ave, this rooftop, like the last boasts its spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline.
In addition to a pool and views, the pool area offers food from the restaurant downstairs, Harvey, and cocktails, wine and beer.
During the week, a day-pass is $65 and on Fridays through Sundays, the price is slightly higher at $100.
Although there is a cheaper option on weekdays after 3 pm when the entry is only $40. Another newly built project to adorn the rooftop of the hotel is the long-awaited water tower bar, set to be opening soon.
Mccarren Hotel & Pool
Image Source: Mccaren Hotel
The most ubiquitous of places to be listed in NYC best pools is McCarren’s Hotel and Pool rooftop.
The website describes its location “in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, McCarren Hotel & Pool is Brooklyn’s most sought-after retreat, an easy-does-it oasis for trendsetters who value immersive experiences paired with luxury amenities and first-class service.”
The pool area includes a restaurant and bar, as well as first-come-first-serve sunbed passes, starting at $55 for a single on a weekday and $85 on weekends.
As the website ensures, this is the hotspot for locals and the beds and tickets go quickly, normally customers must buy tickets 48 hours in advance. You also get free wifi and a towel for the day!
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