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5 Swankiest Hotel Micro-Pools in New York

Herewith, a roundup of the city's five coolest shallow hotel pools—defined by us as having a maximum depth of no more than five feet—with a handy scorecard on important issues like whether they offer bottle service, when they're open to the general public (and not just guests), and what amenities they offer.

August 6, 2012


It's summer in New York City, which isn't exactly known for its temperate climate. The remedy? A revivifying dip in the pool. But let's leave the Olympic-size behemoths to the actual Olympians this year, and besides, such immensities are a little gauche in today's lean times; shallow is the new deep. Herewith, a roundup of the city's five coolest shallow hotel pools—defined by us as having a maximum depth of no more than five feet—with a handy scorecard on important issues like whether they offer bottle service, when they're open to the general public (and not just guests), and what types of amenities they offer.

The James New York
27 Grand Street

Pool dimensions: 20.5' x 8.5', maximum depth of 4'
Max. pool occupancy: 10
Guests-vs.-public policy: Open to hotel guests 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; open to patrons of the rooftop Jimmy Bar pool parties on Saturdays and Sundays 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost: Free
Amenities: Flip-flops, sunblock, and waterproof e-readers are available with the hotel's "R&R" pool package.
Food: Snacks available after 12 p.m. from a menu provided by David Burke Kitchen, the hotel restaurant; fresh fruit provided to guests of the hotel
Bottle service available? No

Photos courtesy of each location.
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