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.

Trump Soho
246 Spring Street

Pool dimensions: 60' x 10', maximum depth of 4'
Max. pool occupancy: 27
Guests-vs.-public policy: Open to hotel guests from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; in the evenings, the public can eat and drink at Bar d'Eau, the attached bar.
Cost: Free
Amenities: Small waterfall; bocce-ball court (free to play); glare-proof-screen Kindle rentals preloaded with books and magazines
Food: Bar d'Eau serves high-end light fare (like spicy tuna tartare and Angus beef sliders) and cocktails from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Bottle service available? Yes, and Bar d'Eau is one of just a small number of New York City establishments to serve Moët Ice Impérial, the first-ever Champagne designed to be enjoyed over ice.

Photos courtesy of each location.
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