TAKE A DIP IN THE BIG APPLE
Visitors to New York City can beat the heat
in pools at city hotels
lovers covet precious pool time, so its no wonder that
a number of notable New York City hotels are making quite
a splash with guests. Heres where to check in when youre
in the mood for a swim in the Big Apple:
to lots of laps at the Crowne
Plaza Times Square Manhattan (1605 Broadway, 212/977-4000,
www.crowneplaza.com), home to a 50-foot indoor pool. On the
15th floor, this attractive amenity provides the perfect spot
for stress relief. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 6am-10pm,
Saturday 8am-8pm, and Sunday 8am-6pm. The pool is complimentary
for Priority Club members, $10 for hotel guests, and $25 for
Gate Motor Inn (3867 Shore Parkway, 718/743-3000, www.goldengateinn.com)
offers an outdoor pool ideal for Marco Polo and other diversions.
Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the hours of operation
are 10am-6pm, seven days a week. Access is also available
to nonguests for $15 per day for adults and $7 for children
settling in at the stylish Hotel
Gansevoort (18 Ninth Ave., 212/206-6700, www.hotelgansevoort.com),
take the elevator straight to the top floor, where a 45-foot
heated outdoor, glass-enclosed pool features underwater music
and beams of colorful light. In between swims and people watching,
dont forget to check out the amazing views of the city.
Open 7am-11pm, 365 days a year.
pool with underwater music, terraced lounge seating, and adjacent
bar at the Hotel
QT (125 W. 45th St., 212/354-2323, www.hotelqt.com), the
brand new Andre Balazs property in Times Square, is for guest-use
only. Open 24 hours.
Parker Meridien (118 W. 57th St., 212/245/5000, www.parkermeridien.com),
where a penthouse pool provides the perfect retreat for relaxation
and a sundeck offers scenic views of Central Park. The pool
is available for use by hotel guests; others may purchase
a $50 all-day pass, good access to its state-of-the-art workout
facility and classes like yoga and cardio kickboxing. Pool
hours are Monday-Friday 7am-10:45pm and Saturday-Sunday 9am-7:45pm.
35th floor of the Mandarin
Oriental New York (80 Columbus Circle at 60th St., 212/805-8800,
www.mandarinoriental.com), floor-to-ceiling windows light
up an inviting 75-foot indoor lap pool. For those who want
to enjoy a light workout, water weights, kickboards, and inflatable
balls are available. Pool hours are Monday-Friday 6am-9pm,
Saturday 7am-9pm and Sundays 7am-7pm. The pool is accessible
for handicapped people, with an automated chair installed
longer at The
Melrose Hotel (140 E. 63rd St., 212/838-5700, www.melrosehotel.com),
as guests 18 years and older have access to an on-site Equinox
Fitness Center and Spa and its adjoining 18-meter lap pool.
Classes include Brazilian Body Surf, which combines cardiovascular
and muscle conditioning drills taught using water resistance,
and Swim Training for all levels. Open Monday 5:30am-10:30pm,
Friday 8am-8pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10am-7:30 pm. An all-day
pass is $18.
dip downtown at the Millenium
Hilton (55 Church St., 212/693-2001, www.newyorkmillenium.hilton.com),
the site of a 40-foot glass-enclosed indoor pool. For a day
of total wellness, work out at the connecting fitness center
and top it off with a few minutes in the sauna. Open Monday-Saturday
5:30am-10pm and Sunday 7am-10pm.
27th floor of the Millennium
UN Plaza Hotel New York (One United Nations Plaza, 44th
St., 212/758-1234, www.millenniumhotels.com) theres
an urban oasis with a heated, 44-foot indoor pool, which is
part of the on-site health club. Hours of operation are 7am-10pm,
seven days a week. The pool is open to guests and members
of the health club. The citys only indoor hotel tennis
court is also on property.
York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge (333 Adams St., Brooklyn,
718/246- 7000, www.brooklynmarriott.com) is within the Renaissance
Plaza, adjacent to the Metro Tech Center, and features a 12,000-square-foot
health club with a lap swimming pool that is open Monday-Friday
6am-10pm, and Saturday and Sunday 9am-7pm. Its Manhattan sister
property, the New
York Marriott at the Financial Center (85 West St., 212-385-4900,
www.marriott.com) promotes family fun with both an indoor
pool and childrens pool. Both are open Monday-Friday
6am-9pm, and Saturday-Sunday 8am-9pm. The pool is complimentary
for hotel guests and $20 for non-guests.
can water enthusiasts practice their backstroke in the pool
Peninsula New York (700 Fifth Ave., 212/956-2888, www.peninsula.com),
a Beaux Arts luxury hotel, they can enjoy a healthy spa cuisine
lunch poolside, a relaxing whirlpool, or take a swimming lesson
or invigorating class like Aqua Run or Aqua Kick Aerobics.
Open Monday-Friday 8:30am-9:30pm and Saturday-Sunday 8:45am-6:30pm.
and members of the on-site health club at the Sheraton
Manhattan (790 Seventh Ave., 212-581-3300, www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton)
can enjoy a swim in the 50-foot heated indoor pool, which
is open Monday-Friday 6am-10pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-8pm.
Water aerobics classes are available.
Sides Skyline Hotel (725 Tenth Ave., 212/586-3400,
www.skylinehotelny.com), guests can head to the heated indoor
pool on the penthouse floor of the west wing. Open Monday
6pm-10pm, Tuesday-Friday 5pm-10pm, Saturday 1pm-6pm, and Sunday
business with pleasure at the Trump
International Hotel and Tower (One Central Park West,
888/448-7867, www.trumpintl.com) where a 55-foot lap pool
provides the perfect boardroom break. Open 6:30am-9:30pm and
to hotels with pools, New York City has public
pools including city pools (www.nycgovparks.org) and pools
at health clubs and theres also swimming at NYCs
public beaches. Some of the 18 branches of the YMCA
of Greater New York (www.ymcanyc.org) have pools as does
Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex (23rd St. and
the Hudson River, 212/336-6800, www.chelseapiers.com; $50
day pass for nonmembers includes variety of sports).