Make a splash in the city for your next family vacation! You don't always need to stay in a tropical beachfront location or sprawling resort to cool down in the summer months. Did you know that many hotels in metropolitan areas feature unique pools on their rooftops? Imagine after an exciting day of sightseeing, you can head to a top deck of your hotel and enjoy an exhilarating swim in a relaxing pool. Float in the water while admiring the city skyline as the sun rises. Or enjoy the sparkling lights of the city at night. Whether you are visiting solo, a couple's romantic getaway, or a family trip, everyone loves a rooftop pool.
Explore select hotels in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, PA, Austin, TX, San Jose, CA, and Hollywood, FL that offer swimming pools with panoramic city views, as well as luxury accommodations and fine dining.
Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel, Washington, D.C.
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With elegantly spacious rooms and suites, the Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel is located in an ideal area of Washington D.C. on a classically tree-lined street. Take some time to explore revitalized 14th Street, Dupont Circle, the convention center, and even the White House, all within walking distance. Or catch the Metro nearby and discover a multitude of other historic neighborhoods filled with museums, shopping, and restaurants.
But leave some time to enjoy the spectacular rooftop pool retreat. Take a dip in the refreshing water or stretch out on a comfortable chaise lounge. Bring the family during the day to swim and take in the view of the D.C. skyline. Then after dark, adults can unwind in a bar-like atmosphere and sip on delicious cocktails while admiring the city lights.
Although no matter what time of day, relish in light fare and unique drinks delivered poolside by Radiator, their fabulous on-site restaurant. Not only do they feature delicious small plates and local brews, but the dining room is themed af old-fashioned auto repair shops, reminiscent of what previously lined 14th Street years ago.
If you are looking where to stay for an upscale family summer vacation to Washington D.C. that has an ideal location, strikingly large decorated rooms (seriously...the smallest room is almost 400 square feet), delicious dining, and the multitude of amazing amenities that Kimpton is known for, then visit the Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel. You'll get all of that, plus experience a relaxing rooftop haven in the middle of this celebrated and bustling city.
Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA
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A swimming pool in the middle of Philadelphia is the best of both worlds for adults and kids alike. If you are planning a visit to Philadelphia this summer, the Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square at 18th and Market Street offers it all. Centrally located, you can easily explore the Old City Area's Historic District; visit the zoo or aquarium; or discover amazing restaurants, a variety of shopping, and great nightlife. Then make your way back and cool off in the large rooftop pool while enjoying an impressive view of the city. You can comfortably lounge while watching the kids splash during the day or unwind and sit tableside with a specialty drink at night.
For families, spread out with spacious connecting rooms or stay in a luxurious suite for even more living area. If you are in a Club Level room, stop in at the Club Lounge on the 8th floor for various food presentations or a cold drink and snack before heading out to the rooftop pool deck.
Make sure to visit the vibrant art themed Art Bar located on the lobby level. Pick up a light breakfast and fresh coffee in the morning. Or stop in to enjoy the bar scene for a unique handmade cocktail and delicious appetizer. For a special occasion, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is also located directly inside.
The Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square is a wonderful place to stay and appreciate all of the incredible history Philadelphia has to offer. Plus, enjoy the unique experience of a tranquil poolside atmosphere right in the heart of this energetic city.
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Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt, Austin, TX
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A cosmopolitan retreat in the middle of Austin is exactly what Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt offers travelers. In this fabulous location, you can enjoy a vibrant music scene on Rainey Street, visit a student attending University of Texas at Austin, or explore many of the museums or an event at the convention center nearby. Then return to this stunning hotel and retreat to the pool deck for a magnificent city and Lady Bird Lake view.
Want to upscale your Austin getaway? Rent a poolside private cabana for the day. It holds six people - perfect for families! Whether lounging in a cabana or seated at a comfortable table by the amazing majestic fireplace, savor poolside dining and original cocktails from the delicious on-site restaurant Geraldine's. With meals prepared distinctively Texas style, Geraldine's menu will make any culinary inspired visit complete.
But the urban luxury oasis doesn't stop there. Stay in a beautifully appointed guestroom, or splurge on a spa room, complete with an oversized bathroom and large soaking tub set by a picturesque window. Families will be wowed in one of the 41 suites which feature a kitchenette, large living and dining area, and the main attraction...a poker table! This is just one example of the surprisingly unique amenities you'll find when staying at a Kimpton brand hotel.
With a glamorous rooftop pool and fireplace, amazing accommodations, and exceptional authentic dining, this hotel would be the highlight of anyone's visit to Austin.
San Jose Marriott, San Jose, CA
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You may think beachfront location when visiting California, but that's not the case everywhere you go. San Jose is extremely popular because it's in a terrific location to explore surrounding areas, features a large convention center which brings in visitors from all over the world, and offers unique family activities ranging from children's museums to renowned seasonal festivals. When planning a trip here, the San Jose Marriott is the perfect place to stay. It's conveniently located right next to the convention center and is truly personable with a luxury hotel feel. Not to mention, it has a fantastic rooftop pool!
The weather in San Jose can vary in temperature as it can be chilly one minute and hot the next. This means that the pool remains at a comfortable temperature year round. With soft music, comfortable lounges with umbrellas, and even a spacious whirlpool, the rooftop pool deck on the third floor is the ideal place to relax. Enjoy a view of San Jose while swimming in the refreshing water or sit poolside with a bite to eat.
Quickly ride the elevator back to your spacious room after you've cooled off. The rooms are beautifully appointed and offer various sizes depending on your family's needs. Stay on the Concierge level which includes a lounge for complimentary food presentations and non-alcoholic beverages during the weekdays. For an incredible dining experience, don't miss Arcadia. A specialty of Chef Michael Mina, this highly acclaimed restaurant is located directly in the hotel.
The San Jose Marriott is truly a retreat in the middle of this lively city. With wonderful accommodations, dining and recreation, you'll definitely feel like it's a home away from home.
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HYDE Resort & Residences, Hollywood, FL
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But of course, sometimes you just want to be on the beach. Leisurely spend your vacation days by stretching out on a lounge chair or enjoying water sports in the ocean. Then after a hot day in the sun, head back and relax in a refreshing swimming pool on a rooftop oasis. This is the unique experience you'll find at the new, luxurious HYDE Resort & Residences in Hollywood, Florida. Located directly on the Atlantic Ocean, escape to the sundeck with a stunning infinity swimming pool overlooking the white sand and soft blue waves. It even gets better with private cabanas and fine waterfront dining from Terrazas Waterfront Dining & Cocktails.
All of this elegance and perfect for families, too! With gorgeous oceanfront rooms, one, two, or three-bedroom suites are offered. These bright and modern suites may include multiple bathrooms, a kitchen, washer and drier, and more.
Plus, HYDE Resort & Residences is in an ideal location to find an activity everyone will love. Enjoy the popular Hollywood Beach boardwalk to ride bicycles, go shopping, or sample local fare. Or explore one of the many parks and nature centers in the vicinity. Otherwise, enjoy your time soaking in the Florida sun from the deck top of this dazzling new resort.
You'll always find me poolside! When traveling to an urban destination, it's an added treat to be able to enjoy a refreshing rooftop pool in a prime location. It will bring a smile to everyone's face and guarantees great memories of your family vacation.
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