Many of Philadelphia’s hotels offer visitors (and staycationers!) a chance to hang poolside — sometimes from envious rooftop locales.
After touring the city, hotel guests can lounge among the skyscrapers on the 24th floor of the downtown The Windsor Suites Philadelphia or take a lap or two at the posh pool of AKA University City — just two of the alluring pool options in the city’s sandbox.
Many of the hotels featured here offer the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, which always comes with free hotel parking and hundreds of dollars of free perks, giving folks even more incentive to book a stay.
Here’s a look at some of the city’s hotel pools that are great for relaxing with a book, taking an energizing swim and beating the summer heat.
Note: The below list is in alphabetical order.
The heated, stainless-steel “pool in the sky” at the AKA University City hotel, which measures 75 feet long, is set in a serene aerial space with floor-to-ceiling windows, lending itself well to end-of-day relaxation. White cushion loungers add to the luxurious experience, as do cozy fire pits.
Where: AKA University City, Cira Centre South, 2929 Walnut Street
This centrally located hotel right between downtown Philadelphia and the suburbs is great for visitors looking to explore both the city and Philadelphia’s Countryside — and for folks looking to relax via a dip in the hotel’s indoor pool.
Where: Courtyard Philadelphia City Avenue, 4100 Presidential Boulevard
This hotel’s star-studded location on the Avenue of the Arts at Broad and Locust streets is made even better thanks to its four-story glass atrium (!) complete with a rooftop pool and sundeck.
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City, 237 S. Broad Street
The Hilton Garden Inn’s indoor pool is heated and conveniently adjacent to a hot tub. It’s also located next to the fitness center for optimal post-workout relaxation.
Where: Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center City, 1100 Arch Street
A stay at this luxurious property on City Line Avenue affords beautiful views of the Philadelphia skyline and a chance to relax at a heated indoor pool that’s shared with the Homewood Suites by Hilton Philadelphia — City Avenue.
Where: Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue, 4200 City Avenue
Buffeted by three windowed walls and a wrap-around seasonal outdoor sundeck, the fourth-floor pool at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing offers a stunning view of the Delaware River.
Where: Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing, 201 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
One of a handful of outdoor pools in Center City, Holiday Inn’s seasonal escape offers a bit of an oasis from its location on the seventh floor with a view of the city. Comfortable furniture and covered tables are a bonus.
Where: Holiday Inn Express Midtown, 1305 Walnut Street
Conveniently located steps away from the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the iconic Reading Terminal Market and many of the region’s top restaurants and attractions, Home2 Suites by Hilton Philadelphia – Convention Center offers an indoor saline pool as well as spacious studio and one-bedroom suites.
Where: Home2 Suites by Hilton Philadelphia - Convention Center, 1200 Arch Street
Located five miles west of downtown Philadelphia, the Homewood Suites on City Line Avenue features a heated, indoor swimming pool — which it shares with the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue — for all your aquatic needs.
Where: Homewood Suites by Hilton Philadelphia – City Avenue, 4200 City Avenue
This Homewood Suites is right in the heart of University City, making it a great place to relax in its indoor, heated swimming pool (and whirlpool!) between trips spent exploring this vibrant neighborhood.
Where: The Homewood Suites by Hilton University City, 4109 Walnut Street
Inside the upscale, luxury hotel’s 15,000-square-foot health club is an indoor, heated lap pool with two lanes. Located on the fifth floor, it’s also just high up enough for views of the cityscape.
Where: Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market Street
Part of the expansive, well-lit underground spa at The Logan, the pool is heated and filled with salt water to prevent post-swim, chlorine-induced dryness.
Where: The Logan, 1 Logan Square
A complete experience with towels, a locker room and loungers, this lap pool is a fine complement to the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel’s 24-hour fitness facility.
Where: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street
Make a splash at this luxurious, newly renovated hotel in Old City. The Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown features a gorgeous whirlpool and indoor pool perfect for guests to swim in at their leisure.
Where: Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown, 401 Chestnut Street
The high-rated Rittenhouse mainstay boasts a pool inside an atrium with a west-facing outdoor sundeck, offering views of the city’s breathtaking sprawl.
Where: The Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square
The Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel provides an array of inviting amenities, including a heated indoor pool and a fitness center.
Where: Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, 201 N. 17th Street
The Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel’s top-floor heated pool is enclosed in a glass atrium, offering the illusion of being outdoors but allowing the pool — popular among families in the winter months — to remain open year-round.
Where: Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel, 1 Dock Street
The rooftop pool at the Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel provides guests with a private cabana feel alongside a limited view of the Philadelphia skyline.
Where: Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel, 3549 Chestnut Street
This outdoor, eighth-floor deck pool at the Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, with plenty of space to breathe and a stunning view of the skyline. Cabana-style seating makes it great for sunbathing; food-and-beverage service from the hotel gives it a luxury feel.
Where: Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square, 1800 Market Street
The Windsor’s rooftop pool offers 360-degree views — observable from the 24th floor of beautiful Center City Philadelphia.
Where: The Windsor Suites Philadelphia, 1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
The Wyndham’s outdoor, rooftop pool touts about five feet of depth and operates from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Guests can settle in on any of the loungers or corner tables and soak in the skyline sights.
Where: Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District, 400 Arch Street
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For the casual pool-seeker, the City of Philadelphia offers the chance for anyone to take a dip in more than 70 outdoor pools around the city during the summer season. Operated by the City’s Parks & Recreation team, pools welcome swimmers at various days and times for open swim, family swim and adult swim, as well as activities like poolside Zumba and yoga. Check here for local pool hours.
Where: Various locations including John B. Kelly Pool, 4231 Lansdowne Drive
Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for stays through November 30, 2018 and get FREE hotel parking as well as free tickets to the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art, a $25 gift card to the must-visit Reading Terminal Market, free Philly-themed mini-golf at Franklin Square and a $10 Lyft credit.
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