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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
More Hotels With Swimming Pools
- Mandarin Oriental
2 great pools. One is large and big enough for laps. The other a wading pool surrounded by cabanas. (The Mandarin probably has the best spa in Bangkok.)
- Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok
Great pool for kids. Good size and also has kids’ pool and jacuzzi. Lovely setting right on the river’s edge.
- Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok
Beautiful and large outdooor pool with loungers. (Great fitness center is open 24 hours.)
- Centara Grand at CentralWorld
Huge pool on the 26th floor patio.
- Pullman Bangkok King Power
Very large pool with bar. Good for laps and leisure.
- Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers
2 great pools. One shallow garden pool with swimup bar. The other closer to the river and more suitable to swimming.
- Millennium Hilton Bangkok
The pool has a picturesque setting with views of the river, but it’s more beautiful than practical. Some loungers sit in 6 inches of water – which looks great but can be a hassle (especially if you’re holding electronics).
- Grand Sukhumvit Hotel Bangkok
Pool is largely in the shade which can be nice for families with young kids.
- The Peninsula Bangkok
Beautiful 88-meter long pool that overlooks the river. It’s narrow which can make it feel confined for some. (The gym at the Peninsula is one of Bangkok’s best.)
- Shangri La Hotel Bangkok
2 medium sized pools (one in each wing of the hotel) with great views over the river.
- Conrad Bangkok Hotel
Beautiful and large pool. Great gym.
- The Sukhothai Bangkok
Large 25-meter pool surrounded by chairs and tables.
- Hotel De Moc
Budget hotel with a nice pool.
- Viengtai Hotel
Budget hotel (just off Khao San Road) with a fantastic pool.
- Buddy Lodge Hotel
Budget hotel with a nice pool. Only pool right on Khao San Road.
- Malaysia Hotel
Nice pool. (Possibly the cheapest hotel in Bangkok with a pool.)
- Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport
Great pool and hotel. 5 minute (air-conditioned) walk from the airport – or take the hotel’s free shuttle.
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
More Chicago Hotels with Pools
- Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
Beautiful 75 foot lap pool – but lots of room for kids to splash around too.
- Hotel Palomar Chicago
Beautiful (kid-friendly) indoor pool and an outdoor terrace with great city views.
- Four Points by Sheraton Chicago Downtown / Magnificent Mile
Very nice and good-sized pool and hot tub for families.
- Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown
This hotel is very family-friendly so the pool is dominated by kids – but they love it. Pool is open until 11pm.
- Hilton Suites Chicago/Magnificent Mile
Very nice indoor pool, sauna, and hot tub on the 30th floor.
- Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile
Small indoor pool and hot tub.
- Doubletree Hotel Chicago-Magnificent Mile
Nice outdoor pool and patio are open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.
- Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile
Small pool and hot tub (which is strangely very shallow – sort of just up to your waist).
- Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Downtown
Medium-sized pool, sauna, hot tub, and a nice patio area.
- Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago Downtown
Recently renovated pool and hot tub (smallish but basically brand new).
- Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago Lakefront
Medium-sized pool is very popular with kids.
- Crowne Plaza Chicago Magnificent Mile
Small rooftop pool with patio and great views.
- Best Western Plus River North
Great value hotel (free parking) that also has a nice indoor pool.
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
More Hotel Swimming Pools
- 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
More Hotels with Swimming Pools in London
- Marriott London Park Lane
Wonderful kid-friendly pool with noodles and kick boards available.
- Dolphin House Apartments London
Great pool for kids and adults.
- Four Seasons Hotel Canary Wharf
Awesome pool good for laps and play. Kids allowed only from 9am to 11am.
- Grange Holborn Hotel
Top notch pool, sauna, gym, and steam room.
- Hilton London Metropole
Nice medium-sized pool, although this is a large hotel so can get busy.
- Le Meridien Piccadilly
Very large indoor pool (50 feet x 35 feet).
- Marylebone Hall
Great pool is part of a fitness club and there’s a direct elevator from the hotel floors. Kids can swim from 3:30 to 5:00 on weekdays, and 10:30 to 12:00 and 3:30 to 5:00 on weekends.
- Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel & Spa
Very nice pool (long and narrow and ok for laps).
- Rembrandt Hotel London
Health club next door that has a 15m pool, but costs an extra £7.50 to use. Restricted hours for children and extra fee for use.
- The Landmark London
Large pool is part of their health club and spa and costs £15 per person. Restricted hours for children.
- Holiday Inn London – Elstree
Nice pool, jacuzzi, and steam room. Very kid-friendly.
- The Langham London
16 meter pool with spa, sauna, and jacuzzi.
- St. Giles Hotel London
Large pool in fitness club below the hotel costs £5 to use.
- The Berkeley Hotel London
Amazing rooftop pool with retractable roof, loungers, and great views. (Children can use the pool Monday to Friday:12-2pm and 4-7pm; Saturday:11am-2pm and 4-7pm; Sunday:10am-12pm)
- The Waldorf Hilton
The pool is a good size but it need of some serious maintenance (flaking paint, broken tiles, etc.). Restricted hours for children and in neighboring LA Fitness health club.
- One Aldwych
Terrific chlorine-free pool, spa, steam, and sauna. Underwater music and ambient lighting.
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
More Hotels with Swimming Pools
- 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.)
- The swimming pool at the Manhattan at Times Square Hotel is currently closed with no plans to re-open.
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
More Hotels with Swimming Pools
- Hotel Ritz Paris
Pool and spa are pure luxury and among the best in Paris.
- Renaissance Paris Vendome
Indoor pool is smallish but warm and relaxing. Open to kids. There’s also a sauna.
- Four Seasons Hotel George V
Warm and inviting 30 foot pool. Nice hot tub and peaceful setting.
- Le Royal Monceau-Raffles Paris
A long narrow lap pool that boasts being the biggest pool in Paris. Very nice and part of the hotel’s luxury spa.
- Novotel Tour Eiffel
Excellent mid-sized pool that is kid-friendly but can also suffice for a few laps.
- Novotel Gare de Lyon
Long narrow pool that will allow for laps. Pool is open 24 hours!
- Saint James & Albany Hotel-Spa
Dimly lit pool and steam room in basement. Small but recently refurbished and nice for a dip.
- 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
More Hotels with Swimming Pools
- Hotel Nikko San Francisco
Shallow pool is great for young kids, but not great for laps. Guests charged $20/per room for access to pool and fitness center.
- San Francisco Marriott Marquis
One of the better pools in the city for kids. Good size pool and huge jacuzzi.
- Harbor Court Hotel
For $10 guests get access to the huge 5-lane lap pool at the YMCA next door.
- Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Large heated outdoor pool and jacuzzi.
- InterContinental San Francisco
Good-sized lap pool is open to all but not very kid-friendly. (Although the vibe depends on who’s in the pull. Sometimes families seem to rule the roost and lap swimmers will become annoyed.)
- Holiday Inn San Francisco Golden Gateway
Large heated outdoor pool, some rooms have a sliding glass door that opens directly onto the pool.
- Handlery Union Square Hotel
Large heated outdoor pool. The best kid-friendly pool near Union Square.
- Hotel Del Sol
Heated outdoor pool. Pool (and hotel) are ultra-kid friendly.
- Radisson Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf
Heated outdoor pool sits in a nice courtyard with a fire pit (though the fire pit can attract a lot of smokers).
- Best Western Americania
One of the cheapest hotels in the city with a pool (heated and outdoor).
- Best Western Plus Corte Madera Inn
The best pool in Marin County. Large outdoor heated pool with jacuzzi. Lots of room to play both in and out of the water. (This is one of our family’s favorite places to stay in the Bay Area. Located a few miles past Sausalito over the Golden Gate Bridge.)
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.