When visiting Boston, there are plenty of luxury and boutique hotels to choose from, but not all come with a rooftop pool with panoramic views of the city. While there aren't many rooftop pools available to the public, even at a cost, there are a few notable spots to check out while you're in town.
Given that Boston has four distinct seasons, three of which aren't exactly ideal for outdoor swimming given the cooler temperatures, many hotels have gotten creative with their indoor pool concepts. With some located on top floors, with features like a retractable roof or floor-to-ceiling windows with views. You may not get a tan at an indoor pool, but you can still relax, take a dip and get some nice views of the city. Read on for everything you need to know about Boston's rooftop pools. Keep in mind that aside from the Colonnade Hotel and Revere Hotel, you'd need to be staying at or possibly using spa services at these hotels to use their pools.
The Colonnade Hotel's RTP
One of Boston's most popular rooftop pools is the RTP, located 12 stories up on top of the Colonnade Hotel in the city's Back Bay neighborhood. Starting Memorial Day Weekend, this is the place to cool down on a hot day if you prefer to stay in the city rather than head to the beach via train or car. Here you'll find a pool surrounded by beach chairs, cabanas and daybeds with views of Boston.
This is not only a great city pool, but also a destination that many go for rooftop cocktails in the evening, with summer cocktails including Not Your Mother’s Lemonade and the Hibiscus Julep. They also offer light bites to eat, such as sliders and California turkey wraps, to caesar salad and pizza from Boston's iconic Regina Pizzeria.
The Colonnade hosts several events on the Rooftop throughout the season, such as RTP Yoga with Rebecca, RTP Kick It with Eliza and roofTOP Chefs. On Wednesdays in June, there are Sun Salutation yoga classes, with participants getting a discount on RTP day passes if you choose to stick around longer.
Hotel guests can use the RTP anytime during open hours free of charge. During weekdays, there's a $45 charge for the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from 5 p.m. through close it's $10 and only open to those 21 years or older. On weekends, it's open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. but only to those staying or living at the Colonnade.
If you're looking to take your day up a notch and rent a cabana, they start at a $250 rental fee and $200 food and beverage minimum on weekdays and that goes up to $350 rental fee and $300 food and beverage minimum on Saturday and then $450 rental fee and $400 food and beverage minimum on Sundays.
The Revere Hotel's Rooftop@Revere
Overlooking Boston's Theater District is the Rooftop@Revere, the Revere Hotel's rooftop pool and outdoor lounge. Thanks to recent renovations, the indoor pool and bar area were expanded, with the addition of lounge options on Mondays and Tuesdays to go with their usual private cabana and couch rentals. While the pool is technically indoors, the beauty of that is it is open year-round and heated, and it's connected to the 16,000 square foot rooftop bar and poolside lounge.
If you're not staying at the Revere Hotel, you can get day passes to the Rooftop@Revere for $30 during peak season (May-September) and $20 other months (June-August). There's no charge for hotel guests at any time and after 5 p.m. there's no charge for anyone. Keep in mind that you have to be at least 21 years old to visit the Rooftop@Revere, but those 20 and under can enjoy the pool anytime before 8 p.m.
If you're interested in renting a cabana or couch, cabanas start at a $200 food and beverage minimum on weekdays from June-August. These include 4 day passes, towels, fruit and water. On Saturdays from May-September it's a $100 fee plus a $300 food and beverage minimum for a small cabana, and that goes up to a $200 fee and $500 food and beverage minimum on Sundays.
For food, Rooftop@Revere offers a variety of authentic New England-inspired options, along with seasonal cocktails and local beers. Many people enjoy evening drinks up here because of the views of the city.
Sheraton Boston Hotel
Boston's Back Bay neighborhood is home to the Sheraton Boston Hotel, which is located just over half a mile from Copley Square and near the MBTA Green Line's Prudential Train Station. This hotel has an indoor pool with glass ceilings and a retractable roof, you can can feel like you're outside watching the clouds go by. It also has an outdoor deck. Depending on where you're sitting when the roof is open, you might even get a tan. The downside of this pool, along with the hotel pools that follow this on, is that they're only available to hotel guests.
Marriott Copley Place
The Marriott Copley Place has an indoor pool with views of Boston. Many travelers like the location of this hotel as it's located in the heart of the historic Back Bay, which is walkable to destinations such as the Boston Common and Fenway Park. The pool is an extra bonus for kids and adults alike.
Four Seasons Hotel Boston
The Four Seasons Hotel Boston's pool is located on the 8th floor with stunning views through floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Boston Public Garden and Beacon Hill neighborhood. While lounging at the pool, you can order in-room dining to be delivered right to your chair as you relax. This hotel is in a great location, as it's within walking distance of the city's best shopping on Newbury Street, as well as sights and activities tourists typically want to experience, such as the Freedom Trail and Boston Common.
Wyndham Beacon Hill
The Wyndham Beacon Hill also doesn't have a pool that non-hotel guests can swim in, nor does it have one on an actual rooftop, but it is one of the few hotels that has a seasonal outdoor pool right in the city. The Wyndham is centrally located, as it's a 16-minute walk from the beach and less than a mile from the Boston Public Garden. Beacon Hill is also nearby the Charles River, which is a beautiful place to go for a run or walk along the water as you watch the sailboats and rowers pass by.
Hotel Indigo Boston-Newton Riverside's BOKX Pool
Last but not least, we leave you with another option that's not located right in the city or on a roof, but is still a great outdoor pool with even more to offer than those in Boston: Hotel Indigo Boston-Newton Riverside's BOKX Pool.
It's also available to the public for $35 per person, so if you have a car or grab an Uber, it would make for a nice summer day poolside even if you're staying in the city. It's about a 20-minute drive, give or take depending on where you are in Boston and the time of day with traffic.
The BOKX Pool is seasonal given that it's outdoor, open from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. It's a bit of a hidden gem, as those that visit enjoy that it's a daytime oasis but also offers nightlife.
Book a luxury cabana for up to eight people day or night, or post up poolside in the evening with one of the Fire BOKX options, which accommodate anywhere from up to 30 to 250 people. These are ideal if you have a group and want to reserve a section of the pool deck, along with food and drinks and a fire pit.