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.

Room Mate Grace
125 West 45th Street

Pool dimensions: 21' by 14', maximum depth of 3'9"
Max. pool occupancy: 25
Guests-vs.-public policy: Open 24 hours for hotel guests; 5 p.m. to midnight for non-guests.
Cost: Free for guests; $40 for non-guests
Amenities: The city's only swim-up bar
Food: No
Bottle service available? Yes

Photos courtesy of each location.
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