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It’s also the latest addition to the Design Hotels portfolio, and part of the Spanish Unico hotel group, which has two other hotels – one in Barcelona, one in Madrid – so you know it already has cred. Add to that that it’s the first five star hotel on the Gran Via (for reals) in an equally grand building from 1917, and it’s an appealing prospect.
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We're in summer's full throttle, and if you're in New York we let you know here where to find sanctuary in the sun.
But what about the rest of the world? You too need some shelter from the swelter, right? That's why we've come up with some rad Hotel Pools Worth The Plunge.
Some are available for guests only, others come with a fee, and still more offer free access--usually when there's a pool party going down.
So, don a retro high-waisted swimsuit (or not!) and take one of these refreshing dips and dives.
W Hollywood Hotel and Residences, LA
It goes without saying that LA is a pool-centric place. You'd be hard-pressed to find a hotel that didn't offer a decent spot for some aqua-fied R&R. However, if you want to make it a rhythm and relax affair, head to the top-floor Wet Deck during the week to camp out in a cabana or laze in a lounge chair. On the weekends, a DJ comes in to pump up the jam and the adults-only crowd.
The outdoor, elevated pool deck puts the A's best views of Skyline on display. Ogle them from the water, or book a private cabana. Don't want to share your view with others? Book one of the hotel's four Pool Suites which have private plunge pools on the room's terrace.
Hôtel Americano's La Piscine is the place to see and be seen, with its trendy Chelsea Riviera location.
The whining in New York City is at an all-time high. Seems like folks just can't handle the July heat. From Twitter to Facebook and all points in between, the cries about the temperatures are soaring as high as the humidity.
While some folks are lucky enough to escape to the Hamptons for a bit of relief, not everyone has that option. So, in the spirit of tradition, we've come up with a few hotels that are allowing non-guests to enjoy their rooftop pools.
New York does it right with parties and yummy, cold drinks to go along with their cool-down experience, so hopefully this will help cease the moaning and groaning. You know, until winter comes and there's complaints that it's too cold. Sheesh!
La Piscine is the rooftop pool at Grupo Habitat's Hôtel Americano in Chelsea. Cozy cabanas and daybeds surround the space, which makes it the ultimate chill-out spot for stressed-out New Yorkers. Plus, the view of the High Line and the mezcal menu don't hurt, either. Call 212-525-0000 for reservations if you're not a guest.
Every Saturday and Sunday starting at 3pm, JIMMY at The James hotel offers pool parties for guests which includes specialty cocktails like the Grilled Pineapple Mojito, food by David Burke (tuna tartare tacos!) and a live DJ. If you happen to play hooky during the week, or are on vaca, take advantage of the teak bedecked pool when its available for guests only and chill on the plush chaise lounges. Guests can also take advantage of the free poolside yoga classes, which we recently mentioned.
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Good to know in time for the Toronto Film Festival
You might want to book a room at the Thompson Toronto just for its cool rooftop infinity-edge pool with sweet vistas of the city, especially since it made our list of the top 10 Death-Defying Rooftop Hotel Pools. But you'll be high and dry if you try to take a nighttime dip.
According to our Foursquare Tips page, the pool closes at a super-early 7 p.m.
The other month we were all sorts of flabbergasted by the photos of Cristiano Ronaldo that were taken at the Soho House in New York. Not so much for the black nail polish on his toes but at the overcrowded and messy pool area. We said this then:
Check out how crowded that place is! For a brief minute, we thought this was taken in Vegas where the pools are so notoriously crowded, you can hardly see the water. And what's up with all those towels laying around everywhere? Perhaps Soho House needs to not only cap the number of people in the pool but start seriously checking their membership credentials.
The Marina Bay Sands in Singapore has officially opened all of its entire facilities today and honestly, despite this being a massive resort with 963 hotel rooms, a shopping mall, convention center, a ton of restaurants and bars and a massive casino, all we can focus on is this rooftop pool.
Sorry, that's not really the right way to describe this infinity-edge pool that is 55 stories off the ground. This really doesn't even classify as a rooftop pool. This is a skyscraper-top pool.
The thrilling swimming experience is a part of the hotel's Sands SkyPark which is longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall and longer than four and a half jumbo jets. The pool itself spans across the top of the resort's three hotel towers. It is now the world's largest outdoor swimming pool, at that height.
As rooftop pools are de rigeur in San Diego, it's no surprise that the Se San Diego has just unveiled their own 7,000 sq-ft rooftop oasis on the 4th floor. The space features an overflowing edge pool with underwater surround sound, a bar, eight private cabanas (with bottle service, natch) and the option of getting a massage poolside from the Sè SPA. But perhaps the most exotic part of Sīrĕn are the acrobats or as we have more commonly known them as, the Mer-Geishas:
Thursday and Saturday nights guests can enjoy breathtaking visual performances, including central acrobatics, shadow box performances, and revamped tango acts, that utilize the pool as the stage. Hotel guests with rooms overlooking the pool have “box seats” for the show, and the option to have a private bar on their balcony.
This is a snapshot of the acrobats at the grand opening of Sīrĕn and it looks impressive. However, Friday nights will be a little bit of letdown with just a DJ and instrumental musicians providing the tune. Not to dismiss their jobs or anything, but how can you top Mer-Geishas?
And don't worry, if you want to tell us about your experience at this rooftop pool, we'll totally forgive you if you just write Siren instead of Sīrĕn.
The historic Colonnade Hotel in Boston -- best known for its rooftop pool and Dow Jones-based room rates -- has just completed a renovation (to the tune of $20 million) and is now up and running, boasting a more eco-conscious and tech-savvy style.
On the green end of things, every window has been replaced with energy efficient panes, energy-saving heating and ventilating systems have been installed (turned off in between check outs and check ins), and the hotel is the first in the nation to implement ElectroCide cleaning, a completely nontoxic cleaning process that essentially eliminates the use of bleach within the hotel.
When you live in Arizona in the summertime, the nighttime becomes your best friend. That's because the sun goes to sleep and you get a bit of relief from the 100+ degree heat. But not much. People would probably still prefer to kick it somewhere with AC than outside during the summer nights.
Yet, there's a sign that cooler weather is on the way.
We've written about the amazing pool area, called the Oasis, at the Clarendon Hotel before (and it's bikini check-in) and now the hotel has opened it's Rooftop Lounge in anticipation for cooler nights in Phoenix.
The lounge will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, with additional hours added as temperatures drop. The rooftop features a full bar and seating with views across the midtown landscape.
Stop. You had us at full bar. We just hope you have a lot of ice.
Aside from the full bar we are kinda giddy about the $149 Sweet Suite Summer Special which includes a $75 dining credit. While it probably sucks to live in Phoenix in the summer, it's a cheap getaway for us hotel guests.
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Yesterday we got an invite to check out the hotel guests-only rooftop pool and bar at Thompson Beverly Hills and since we've been waiting for this rooftop oasis since about February, we jumped at the chance to explore it.
ABH--"Above Beverly Hills"--officially opened in mid-June with a flashy party for Gucci attended by Rihanna. Since then, the rooftop--a joint partnership between Thompson Hotels and Bond Street Sushi--has been percolating with celeb guests like Britney Spears, Eva Longoria and David Beckham.
Rooftop pools have become a staple for Thompson Hotels. The A60 rooftop at 60 Thompson in Soho is a much sought-after venue for hotel guests and special card-carrying members. Donovan House in DC just opened their ADC rooftop over Memorial Weekend. And the upcoming Thompson LES and Thompson Toronto will feature rooftops areas as well.
So what's a Thompson rooftop like?
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Finally! The rooftop pool at the Thompson Beverly Hills Hotel is set to open this weekend. Well...sorta.
The hotel will be hosting cocktail parties at the pool this weekend but the official opening will be on Monday. (Gotta love the Thompson Soft-Open Technique.)
One of those cocktail parties will actually be a Gucci party in honor of Rihanna and the Gucci Hysteria bags. Also expected are Camilla Belle, Minka Kelly, Becki Newton, Rashida Jones, Jacinda Barrett, Sophia Bush and Riley Keough.
No doubt Jason Pomeranc and co. won't be missing the opportunity to do some modelizing at their property this weekend.
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Earlier this week The Joule, part of the Starwood Luxury Collection opened up in the historic 1920's Dallas National Bank Building in Dallas Texas, after undergoing a massive renovation.
Originally expected to be called "Hotel Elan", the name Joule was picked as a tribute to the unit of measurement that is used to calculate energy, the Joule (1J = 1N * m for those who need a refresher - our apologies to those who just experienced high school science class flashbacks.)