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.
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
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 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