The Best Hotel Swimming Pools

Updated: March, 2015

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Bangkok Hotel Swimming Pools

Pathumwan Princess Hotel – Best for Laps

The pool is shallow throughout but so large and wide that it’s great for laps and leisure. One of the biggest pools in Bangkok. Large fitness center. Great location near MBK and other shopping malls. Hotel phone: +66 2 216-3700

Anantara Riverside Spa & Resort Bangkok – Best for Kids

Huge pool that is very family friendly. Pool is in a lush green setting and feels miles away from the city. Kids’ pool and kids club. Jacuzzi, sauna, and spa too. Hotel phone: +66 2 476-0022

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Chicago Hotel Swimming Pools

InterContinental Chicago – Best for Laps

The best hotel swimming pool in Chicago. Very large with a beautiful setting. Kids allowed but very much a lap pool with one end quite deep. Hotel phone: (312) 944-4100

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago – Best for Kids

Beautiful and large pool. Water toys (noodles and kick boards) are available and one end of the pool is quite shallow and perfect for young kids. Hotel phone: (312) 280-8800

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Hong Kong Hotel Swimming Pools

Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong – Best for Laps

Amazing pool area with jacuzzi overlooks the water. There’s a 20-meter lap pool, a 24-meter infinity pool, and a large jacuzzi. All outdoor, heated, and open year-round. Both large pools have underwater speakers that play music. The spa is one of the best in Hong Kong. Hotel phone: 852-3196-8888

Renaissance Harbour View Hotel – Best for Kids

Beautiful outdoor pool on the 11th floor. So big that you can do laps though it’s more of a leisure pool. Very kid-friendly. Close to the pool is a great playground for kids. (Pool area is shared with the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.) Hotel phone: 852-280-28888

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  • The Peninsula Hong Kong
    Amazing rooftop pool and terrace. Pool is indoors and ok for laps. Nice outdoor patio with views of the harbor.
  • Conrad Hong Kong
    Nice outdoor pool (suitable for laps) and patio. 24-hour fitness center.
  • JW Marriott Hong Kong
    Huge outdoor pool and jacuzzi. Great hotel for kids.
  • The Salisbury Hotel YMCA of Hong Kong
    6 lane indoor lap pool and large indoor leisure pool. Small jacuzzi too.
  • Holiday Inn Golden Mile
    Medium-sized outdoor pool, patio, and pool bar. Not as large as the 5-star hotel pools but a good compromise if they’re beyond your budget.
  • Island Pacific HotelOne of the cheapest hotels with a nice pool. It doesn’t have a huge patio but the pool is a decent size, clean, and nice for a dip.
  • InterContinental Hong Kong
    Great outdoor pool and patio. Large infinity hot tubs have amazing views of the harbor.

London Hotel Swimming Pools

Jumeirah Carlton Tower – Best for Laps

Fantastic 20m lap pool. Great hot tub, spa, and health club too. Nice views from the pool area and gym. Hotel phone: 44-207-235-1234

Marriott London County Hall – Best for Kids

Large warm pool that kids love. Has some of the most generous hours for children of any city hotel as they’re allowed to swim from 9am to 7pm. (Adults only 7am to 9am and 7pm to 11pm.) Hotel phone: 44-207-928-5200

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New York Hotel Swimming Pools

Mandarin Oriental Hotel – Best for Laps

A marvelous 75 foot pool that is great for laps. On the 36th floor with marvelous views. Temperature of the pool will be cool for loungers but is perfect for laps. This is the best hotel swimming pool in the city. Hotel phone: 1 (212) 805-8800

Millenium Hilton – Best for Kids

Good-sized pool that is great for families. It’s simple, clean, and warm. As long as you’re not expecting a huge resort pool you’ll love it. Hotel phone: 1 (212) 693-2001

Holiday Inn Midtown – Best Outdoor Pool

Large, unheated rooftop pool with a nice patio and lounge chairs. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Good size but often closes at 6pm (for parties). Hotel phone: (888) 465-4329

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  • Le Parker Meridien
    Enclosed rooftop pool with great views. A large pool by New York standards.
  • The Peninsula New York
    Large enough for kids to have a good splash but not big enough for laps.
  • ONE UN New York
    Very nice medium-sized pool with great views.
  • Hotel Gansevoort
    Trendy outdoor rooftop pool has great views and doubles as a club/lounge towards evening.
  • Gansevoort Park Avenue
    Just as trendy as its sister hotel (above). Good sized outdoor pool on a rooftop with bar. Views of Empire State Building.
  • Skyline Hotel
    Cheapest hotel in New York with a pool. Simple, clean, kid-friendly pool with nice views.
  • Trump International Hotel and Tower
    Medium-sized pool (long and narrow) that is very kid-friendly. Lifeguard on duty at all times.
  • Room Mate Grace
    Small pool that manages to be enjoyable. Bar and lounge right by the pool.
  • The Empire Hotel
    Rooftop indoor pool (with access to a patio). Small but nice for a plunge.
  • Greenwich Hotel
    Very nice pool opposite a trendy lounge area. Adult vibe but kids can still have fun here.
  • Sheraton at the Brooklyn Bridge
    Retractable roof over a smallish pool. Hours are sometimes restricted to the evenings. (Formerly the Marriott.)

Notes:

Paris Hotel Swimming Pools

Hotel Le Bristol – Best for Kids

A very kid-friendly pool and one of the largest in Paris. Pool toys are available for the children. Nice views of Paris and the Eiffel Tower from the top floor pool area. Hotel phone: +33 (0)1 53 43 43 00

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Notes:

  • If a large lap pool is what you’re after you’ll probably be best visiting one of the excellent public pools found throughout the city.

San Francisco Hotel Swimming Pools

Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco – Best for Laps

A very large (75 foot, junior olympic pool) that is devoted to lap swimming. It’s part of the LA Fitness Club that guests have full access to. A direct elevator goes from the hotel to the club 2 floors below. Must be 16 and older to use this pool. (For families with young kids, hotel guests can use the pool at the nearby Marriott. Free passes available from the Four Seasons front desk.) Hotel phone: 1 (415) 633-3000

Palace Hotel San Francisco – Best for Kids

A large pool under an atrium style dome. Bathed in sunlight, warm, and has a nice jacuzzi. The windows of the fitness center look onto the pool so parents can workout while kids play. Hotel  phone: 1 (415) 512-1111

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Tokyo Hotel Swimming Pools

Park Hyatt Tokyo – Best for Laps

Amazing pool (26×65 foot) on the 47th floor at one of Tokyo’s finest hotels. Fantastic spa and fitness center on the same floor. Floor to ceiling windows offer great views of the city. Ages 3 to 15 allowed when accompanied by an adult. Hotel phone: +81 3 5322-1234

The Peninsula Hotel Tokyo – Best for Kids

One of the few pools in Tokyo that are open to kids – though even here they’ll need to be 4 and older. Beautiful 20-meter indoor pool. Adults only after 6pm. Fitness center and spa are fantastic. Hotel phone: +81 3 6270-2888

More Hotels with Swimming Pools

  • Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo
    Great 25-meter lap pool. Fee for use: Adults – 3,150 yen, children – 1,575 yen
  • East 21 Hotel Tokyo
    Medium-sized indoor lap pool. Fee: 2,00 yen. Must be 18 to use the pool. Large seasonal outdoor pool open for kids.
  • Tokyo Prince Hotel
    25-meter outdoor pool with 6-meter children’s pool (seasonal).
  • Hilton Hotel Tokyo
    Small indoor pool (just big enough for laps) and onsen.
  • The Prince Hotel Park Tower
    Large indoor pool that is great for laps. Must be 20 or older to use pool. Fee: 2,000 yen.
  • ANA InterContinental Tokyo
    Good sized outdoor pool (and smaller kids’ pool) is open in summer.
  • Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
    Large outdoor pool with children’s pool. Open June 23 to September 9. Fee: 1000 yen to 200 yen depending on time of day. Kids free.
  • Prince Hotel Shinagawa Tokyo
    Indoor (good for laps) and outdoor pool (summer only). Part of a very large hotel complex. 1,000 yen fee to use.
  • New Otani Hotel Tokyo
    Huge outdoor pool open in summer (open to public so can get very busy). Indoor lap pool is part of the spa. Both pools have a fee that varies by time of day but isn’t cheap (max fee: 5,250 yen.)
  • Hotel Tokyo Chinzanso
    Relaxing indoor pool and large jacuzzi. Fee: 4,200 yen; 2,100 yen for kids 4 to 12. (Fee applies for 2 days and 1 night.) Kids under 4 not permitted. This is formerly the Four Seasons at Chinzan-so.
  • Hyatt Regency Tokyo
    Good sized lap pool. Spa, fitness center, and jacuzzi. Fee: 2,100 yen. Must be 4 and older to use pool.
  • Grand Hyatt Tokyo
    Large lap pool. Free use of pool for guests though change rooms with sauna and plunge pools have a 4,200 yen fee.
  • Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo
    Nice lap pool. Fee: 2,100 yen and must be 16 years of age or older.

2 questions and comments

  1. Tulum Luxury Hotel with Pool

    Hi Dave. My name is Mary Abigail “Abby” Gilkey. I have traveled to Mexico 15+ times, usually staying in Cancun. I’m taking my daughter (18) and her friend in March for a trip. I’m thinking Tulum would be nice as it sounds like it has a laid back atmosphere. I generally stay at 5-star resorts, so I believe a “luxury” hotel would be preferred. What would you recommend? We’d like to find accommodations that are literally on the beach. I realize several properties have King Beds only and therefore would be fine with renting an additional unit for my daughter & her friend. I would also like to be on a nice beach. Restaurants and bars within walking or biking distance would be a plus. A nice pool would be preferable, but not necessary.

    Mary Gilkey

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      Ana y Jose is both a great hotel and probably the closest to the type of 5 star resort you’re accustomed to (though still with that Tulum laid back service and vibe). It has a small pool and great spot on the beach.

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