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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.

Thompson LES
190 Allen Street

Pool dimensions: 35' x 11', maximum depth of 3'10"
Max. pool occupancy: 31
Guests-vs.-public policy: Open to hotel guests all day until 4 p.m.; open to non-guests for special events throughout the week after 6 p.m.; after 4 p.m., open with RSVP for large parties reserving a table.
Cost: Free
Amenities: A photolithograph triptych of Andy Warhol on a filmstrip on the bottom of the pool by Gerard Malanga; "Bright Young Things" pool party on Saturdays at 3 p.m. and a monthly party sponsored by Ford Models.
Food: All-day menu, starting at noon, by Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya
Bottle service available? Yes

Photos courtesy of each location.
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