14 Amazing Rooftop Pools


A hot summer in the city always has us dreaming of cool rooftop pools—they're a beacon of hope lofted stories above the sweltering sidewalk (and a non-negotiable part of the ultimate staycation). From Los Angeles to Hong Kong, we've rounded up the most magnificent elevated pools. Dive on in—and don't forget to enjoy the view!

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Florence: The Great Escape

Swimming with views of the Duomo? Check! A bar serving top-notch apertivos all day long? Check! Something called a "Sky Lounge"? Check! Grand Hotel Minerva's rooftop terrace is the perfect destination for a day of relaxation in bustling Florence.

grandhotelminerva.com

Los Angeles: The Mid-Century Classic

At The Standard Hotel in downtown L.A., you can float among the neighborhood's mid-century towers, but if swimming isn't your thing, there are plenty of other amusements. The property's rooftop also has a German biergarten, fireplace, bar, dance floor, and waterbed pods.

standardhotels.com

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Sydney: The Five-Star Swim Spot

Enjoy panoramic views of the Sydney waterfront from the Park Hyatt's private sundeck—or take shelter in one of the inviting, spacious cabanas.

park.hyatt.com

Rio: The Pool From Ipanema

Dive into the infinity pool at Hotel Fasano. The property's roof deck offers a view over the famous Ipanema Beach and mountains beyond. Don't forget to tell the hotel staff to keep the caipirinha's coming.fasano.com

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London: The Odd One Out

London might not be your first thought when you think of a cities with stunning rooftop pools, but The Berkeley has one of the best. The hotel's seventh-floor, white-and-gold mosaic pool is the perfect destination any time of year—a retractable roof slides out for those typical wet and foggy days.

the-berkeley.co.uk

Tel Aviv: Boutique Charm

Pretend you're at the beach while lounging on the sophisticated sundeck of The Norman hotel, where you can look out at the Mediterranean without fighting any crowds! If you're looking for the real sand and sun experience, the beach is only a 10-minute walk away.thenorman.com

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At Downtown México, you can swim on the skyline of Mexico City's historic district. The hotel's pool terrace offers views of stunning Spanish colonial churches, homes, and theaters. Take a swim break at the intimate, poolside bar for a refreshing cocktail.

downtownmexico.com

Hong Kong: High Drama

Look out onto Victoria Harbour as you float in one of the many spa pools on the Intercontinental roof. For a full day on the terrace, get up early and snag one of the cabanas by the decorative lily ponds.intercontinental.com

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Santiago: Thrill-Seeking Fun

A swim at the W is not for the faint of heart. A glass barrier is practically all that separates you from the city's skyline and spectacular view of the Andes.starwoodhotels.com

Cape Town: A Pool That Never Sleeps

Pop into the Pepperclub Hotel & Spa any time of day to take a dip and take in the surrounding Tabletop Mountain landscape—the property's rooftop is open 24 hours!pepperclub.co.za

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