Those who can’t find time to escape the city this summer can take comfort in one of New York City’s hotel pool cabanas. From industrial rooftop destinations to marble-clad pools, these hotels are offering up luxurious, city-centric alternatives to tropical trips.
The 60-foot pool at the William Vale, recently revealed to the public, features daybeds, cabanas, and pergolas—all available for rent at various prices. The longest hotel pool in Brooklyn, this respite is an ideal hangout for summer lounging beside the Vale Terrace—a stretch of greenery offering a reprieve from the surrounding city's streets. The hotel’s industrial chic aesthetic lend to an authentic, albeit luxurious, vibe. 111 N. 12th St, Brooklyn, 718-631-8400
If you’re seeking a taste of the Hamptons in NYC, look no further than Dream Downtown. Featuring a surreal glass-bottom pool, a man-made Hamptons-imported sand beach, and two private cabanas surrounding the water, Dream’s poolside accommodations are, well, a dream. Step up your visit by pouring yourself a cocktail from the hotel's fresh watermelon or pineapple fruit kegs, or by scheduling a spa treatment or massage in one of the hotel's custom cabanas. 355 W. 16th St, Manhattan, 212-229-2559
If you’re seeking an indulgent indoor experience, the 55-foot pool at the Baccarat Hotel might be your most glamorous option. Made of marble and surrounded by day beds, the La Cote d’Azur-inspired interiors add a taste of international flair to an already decadent dip in the pool. Available for hotel and spa guests, the sleek white interiors and crystal-clear water are an opulent alternative to the outdoor rooftop. 28 W. 53rd St, Manhattan, 212-790-8800
The Empire Hotel’s rooftop plunge pool, a gathering place for the city's well-known fashion influencers, is ideal for any summer visitor. Take in the iconic NYC skyline lounging on the covetable rooftop. Hotel guests can listen to a weekend DJ spin in one of the four, first come, first serve cabanas, atop the famous destination. 44 W. 63rd Street, Manhattan, 212-265-7400
This indie chic, Latin American architecture-inspired hotel in Chelsea, shows off with a blend of elegant Latin elements. The rooftop pool, situated near a Mexican-inspired coastal grill serving everything from grilled fish to tres leches, is surrounded by rentable cabanas. Book a cabana for six and receive a free bottle of prosecco—the ideal accoutrement for Hotel Americano’s DJ night on Saturdays. 518 W. 27th St., 212-216-0000