The 9 Best NYC Hotels with Pools in 2019

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01 of 09

Best Overall: The Peninsula New York

The Peninsula New York

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Set in the center of Manhattan, with famous landmarks such as Central Park, Carnegie Hall and the boutique stores of Fifth Avenue all within easy walking distance, the Peninsula New York is built with grace and sophistication to match its prestigious location. Guests are greeted with an elaborate façade of ornate columns and detailed statuary, the grand double staircase, marble fittings and impressive chandelier of the lobby that set the tone for a glamorous and luxurious experience.

The award-winning Peninsula Spa offers Vedic aromatherapy sessions and an extensive range of massage techniques and skin care treatments such as Himalayan salt scrub exfoliation and pearl-infused body masks. The indoor pool is set in a tranquil room filled with natural lighting from the full-length glass windows, with a food and drinks service and an aqua aerobics class held daily.

Clement Restaurant serves a variety of American cuisine dishes throughout the day, while cocktails and light snacks can be enjoyed from the scenic rooftop lounge and terrace or in the refined Gotham Lounge.

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02 of 09

Best Budget: The Watson Hotel

The Watson Hotel

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Located just a few blocks from Central Park and within walking distance of Times Square, the Museum of Modern Art and Carnegie Hall, the Watson Hotel offers great-value accommodations in a popular and pricey corner of Manhattan. The seasonal rooftop terrace, with views of nearby city landmarks, contains a pool, sun deck, and cocktail bar.

Down in the lobby, the Gotham Café serves a breakfast buffet and a la carte dining at other times, and a sports bar, crowned by a glass skylight, is filled with vintage NYC memorabilia. A concierge desk can assist in making theater and excursion bookings, and complimentary amenities include a small business center with unlimited computer use and Wi-Fi access throughout the property.

For business travelers, there are also three meeting rooms with a capacity of 100-400+ people, which can be outfitted with LCD televisions and projectors, microphones and other audio-visual equipment.

Guest rooms are basic but comfortable, with work desks, black-out shades, and Keurig coffeemakers.

03 of 09

Best View: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

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Set on the East River, with uninterrupted views across the waters towards the dynamic Manhattan skyline, every level of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge offers spectacular city vistas through the floor-to-ceiling windows that make up most of the hotel visage. 

Guest rooms are filled with natural lighting, highlighting the stylish reclaimed wood and industrial-steel fittings. However, the best views are to be enjoyed from Harriet’s Rooftop and Lounge, a tranquil oasis with an indoor lounge bar, a pool courtyard, and a leafy garden terrace.

The angular plunge pool dramatically follows the edge of the hotel roof for a unique perspective. The Osprey restaurant serves meals throughout the day, using market-fresh ingredients in healthy comfort dishes, and the Neighbors Café serves hot beverages, fruit juices and light fare in a bright and cheerful space.

The hotel also contains a movie theater that can be hired for private screenings and the Bamford Haybarn Spa, which has organically-certified treatment products, exercise equipment and yoga mats in the fitness center. 

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04 of 09

Best Boutique: The Greenwich Hotel

The Greenwich Hotel

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With the rich antique décor and refined feel of an old-fashioned gentlemen’s club, the Greenwich Hotel offers guests a distinctive and privileged boutique hotel stay. With each of the 88 guest rooms and suites featuring individual designs, guests can find furnishings such as Tibetan silk rugs and aged leather couches mixed with modern entertainment systems. Some of the finest rooms contain stone fireplaces and large skylights.

A stand-out feature is the Shibui Spa, made from a 250-year old building specially shipped from Japan and made with polished bamboo and wood timbers. As well as offering massages and body treatments that combine meditation and mental grounding with exfoliations and floral-based lotions, it also has a Japanese soaking tub, a tranquil heated pool and a relaxation lounge where guests can join in yoga and meditation classes.

An elegant drawing room, with soft chairs and a large working fireplace, and a plant-filled central courtyard create a calm oasis in which to relax. Locanda Verde dishes up celebrated Italian home-style cuisine with an accompanying wine list in a traditional brasserie restaurant setting.

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05 of 09

Best for Families: Hotel Gansevoort

Hotel Gansevoort

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Set amid the museums, parks, and restaurants of the popular Greenwich Village district, Hotel Gansevoort has both location and great amenities to welcome traveling families. Cribs and sofa beds (complimentary for children under 13) are available to accommodate families of various sizes.

Excellent in-room entertainment systems will keep young ones occupied when required, and essentials such as diapers, play packs and baby lotions, powders and creams can also be provided. With the hotel being voted the "Pet Friendliest Destination" by Animal Fair, furry members of the family will be made to feel welcome, with pet beds coming with mats with personalized monograms, a Fiji water bottle and a fun toy.

On the roof, a heated outdoor pool is set in a brightly-colored terrace with views of the city and the Hudson River. Although the sophisticated French style of the Chester restaurant may not suit all families, it does have a charming outdoor terrace set right at street level for people-watching during the breakfast, lunch and dinner services. It also provides a light snack menu for the Lelie rooftop bar and in-room dining service.

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06 of 09

Best for Romance: Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental

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Set in a prestigious area of Manhattan by Broadway and the green expanses of Central Park, Mandarin Oriental New York is a stylish modern hotel housed within a soaring skyscraper that offers various views of the surrounding city landscape.

Luxurious rooms are sophisticated yet intimate, with rich suede upholstery, thick carpets and marble-lined bathrooms with spacious bathtubs and separate showers creating an indulgent atmosphere. Guests can select from a variety of city, river and park vistas when making their booking.

The romantic Asiate restaurant serves top-quality modern American cuisine, in a modern room with tall glass windows and a deep pink color scheme. Upstairs, the lofty Aviary lounge serves small food plates and hand-crafted cocktails to guests lounging in leather chairs, with sweeping park and city views on show through the wall-to-wall windows.

An excellent spa has secluded spa suites for exclusive private treatments, outfitted with fireplaces, steam and shower facilities and soaking tubs. A fitness center offers gym equipment, yoga classes, and a sunlit indoor swimming pool.

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07 of 09

Best for Luxury: Baccarat Hotel

Baccarat Hotel

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The elegant Baccarat Hotel is a stylish modern property which pays homage to classic French craftsmanship, with stunningly cut crystal masterpieces on display throughout the property. Some of the finest crystals are in the Grand Salon, where the two-Michelin-starred chef serves gourmet breakfast, all-day menus and an exquisite afternoon high tea service. The bar is equally impressive, crowned by a massive chandelier and with polished ebony surfaces that reflect the light onto the historic prints lining the walls.

Amid gleaming white walls and marble floors, a heated lap pool is lined with a checkerboard pattern of tiles, while private cabanas with padded daybeds are set in alcoves along the walls. The opulent decor extends into the La Mer spa, where bio-fermentation products are used in the custom facial and body treatments and a wide selection of massage types are offered.

Guest rooms are more modern, with crisp white walls and beddings offset by dark wooden highlights and dramatic wall designs. For an extra taste of luxury, a classic, chauffeur-driven Citroen DS is available, providing a memorable driving service to much of Manhattan. 

08 of 09

Best for Singles: Dream Downtown

Dream Downtown

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With one of the most extravagant outdoor pools in the city, several restaurants, and a diverse bar scene, the Dream Downtown offers a lively and social atmosphere that extends late into the evenings. During the day, guests can relax on the sandy artificial beach or on the sun loungers and private cabanas surrounding the 50-foot lap pool, while a grill bar keeps guests supplied with snacks and cocktails. The PHD rooftop bar comes alive in the evenings, with regular live DJ sets and other entertainments being popular with both guests and locals.

The classy interior is lined with leather couches, Italian marble, and chandeliers, while an alfresco terrace provides excellent views of the city skyline. In the basement, the wood-paneled walls and plush couches of the Electric Room mixes a gentlemen’s club comfort with a grungy rock and roll vibe.

Dining options at the hotel include sophisticated Beijing-style food at Phillipe Downtown and Bodega Negra serves up modern Mexican in a traditional space with soft warm lighting and colorful sombreros hanging from aged wooden ceiling beams. The Natura Café provides gourmet barista coffees, tasty treats and wholesome snacks and meals throughout the day.

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09 of 09

Best for Business: Millennium Hilton New York Downtown

Millennium Hilton New York Downtown

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Situated next to the World Financial Center, and with the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Reserve Building and Federal and State courthouses all within walking distance, the Millennium Hotel New York Downtown specializes in providing excellent business facilities for professionals. Several meeting rooms offer private and secluded spaces for planning meetings and business presentations for up to 40 people, while for larger events the 200-capacity Chosotri room can host conferences, seminars, and receptions. Conference calls, exhibitions, and event management can be enhanced by the modern projectors, sound systems and other presentation equipment managed by the hotel’s audio-visual team.

A 24-hour business center has PC consoles and provides printing, scanning, mailing and other services. Guest rooms are comfortable, well-lit and come with work desks with reclining office chairs, coffee and tea facilities and in-room Wi-Fi to help maintain productivity.

The hotel also has a glass-enclosed heated indoor pool, a well-equipped fitness center, an all-day restaurant serving contemporary American foods and a relaxed lobby bar.

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