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Where To Hotel Rooftop When In New York City

April 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM | by | ()

Yes, there are plenty of places to do it in NYC—by "it," we mean enjoy a cocktail in the open air from a hotel rooftop or terrace. But some places are more exclusive than others, some have better nibbles to munch on, and not all killer views are created equal. So to help you find the best hotel rooftop to suit your mood, we've broken down the top seven venues by each day of the week. Starting with...


We've already taken a gander inside the monumental lobby, but this summer we'll be riding the elevators straight to the top of Conrad New York to hang out at Loopy Doopy (above). The new rooftop bar, located on the 16th floor, is set to open in May with a full menu of cocktails and nibbles from Atrio downstairs. Oh, and in addition to the cool name (Loopy Doopy references the Sol LeWitt wall mural in the lobby), this summer the bar will be offering the perfect end-of-weekend hangover cure: boozy popsicles!


Like most people, Monday is our least favorite day of the week, so we always try to come up with somewhere fun and interesting to go to make us forget about the long week ahead. Solution: Henry's Rooftop at The Roger Smith Hotel. Tucked away in the back of the hotel, and 16 stories above street level, this place is always good for a fun, low-key night out with friends. Their lobster's pretty great, too.

And if you happen to bring along a date, impress him/her by pointing out the hotel's one-of-a-kind fishbowl art gallery on the corner of 47th and Lexington Ave. We guarantee you'll come off as cultured.


Here at HotelChatter, the second day of the workweek is known as Bathroom Tuesdays. And one bathroom that charmed us recently was the one inside Hilton Fashion District's Rare View rooftop bar. It (the bathroom) was spacious, clean, and had some nice decor. As for the rest of the place, we give it a thumbs up for killer views of the Empire State. Stop by for weeknight happy hour (Mon-Fri, 4:30–7pm) where everything except for top shelf liquors and wines goes for half off.


No other hotel combines the pool deck, bar, and outdoor lounge concepts so fluidly (and with such class) as Trump Soho. To get yourself through the end of Hump Day, we recommend a little bocce ball action at Bar D'Eau, the hotel's 6,000 square foot al fresco frolicking zone, which offers a bocce ball court, a lounge pool, a waterfall, and three private cabanas. Just make sure to get your "swimming" done early—non-guests get kicked out at 10pm during weeknights and 11pm on Friday and Saturday.



OK, OK, the above photo actually comes from the original Pod Hotel's rooftop space, which is less a bar than a general hangout spot. Meanwhile, construction workers are still putting the finishing touches on the yet-to-open Pod 39, which will include a 15 foot long bar on the roof, offering wine, beer, and some specialty cocktails. The centerpiece will be a two-story "cloister," framed by brick arches and terra cotta columns. We're picturing something like the leafy walkways of Hudson Hotel's Sky Terrace...though hopefully with cheaper drinks!


Friday deserves a little glamor, since it signals the end of the week, and the potential for waking up in a random hotel room with no memories of how you got there. A good place for that to happen would be the Dream Downtown, whose rooftop space, PhD, has been a celebrity hotspot since practically day one—Diddy, Justin Bieber and Heidi Klum have all been spotted here. Note: dancing on tables here is perfectly acceptable expected.


We thought long and hard about this, but in the end, there was only one way to go: spend your wild and crazy Saturday night at a hotel built like an airport! Not only is Yotel one of the most unique hotels around the city, it's also got one of the biggest outdoor terraces we've ever seen. Yes, this is partly because it's way out on Tenth Avenue, but who cares when there's plenty of space for you and your friends to spread out (a rare occurrence in NYC)?

[Photos: Conrad New York, Roger Smith, HotelChatter, Trump Soho, HotelChatter, Facebook, CityPath]

Archived Comments:

Go Trump

I love that pool on Trump Soho.