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Guide to Hotel Pools in Philadelphia

Where to splash and swim indoors and out, rooftop and not — and then spend the night

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Sheraton Philadelphia University City Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia
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In Center City and University City, 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 Windsor Suites or take a lap or two at the posh pool of AKA University City — just two of many alluring pool options in the city’s sandbox.

Most of the hotels featured here offer the perks-packed Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, which always comes with free hotel parking, giving locals even more incentive to book a stay.

Here’s a look at some of the city’s best hotel pools for relaxing with a book, taking an energizing swim and beating the summer heat.

Note: The below list is in alphabetical order.

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AKA University City

Ultra-luxury hotel suites and apartment residences

People in and around a pool at AKA University City People in and around a pool at AKA University City
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Measuring 72 feet long, this heated “pool in the sky” at the AKA University City hotel is Philadelphia’s largest. It exists 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 the cozy fire pits.

Where: AKA University City, Cira Centre South, 2929 Walnut Street

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Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center City

Affordable accommodations directly across from the Pennsylvania Convention Center

The indoor pool at Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center City The indoor pool at Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center City
— Photo courtesy Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center City

At 16-by-40 feet, 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

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Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing

Enjoy a scenic, waterfront location at this Penn's Landing hotel in Philadelphia

— Photo courtesy Hilton Penn's Landing

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 panoramic views of the Center City skyline and a stunning view of the Delaware River. It’s open early, at 5 a.m., and shuts down well beyond sunset, at midnight.

Where: Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing, 201 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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Holiday Inn Express Midtown

A centrally located hotel in the heart of Center City

Holiday Inn Express Midtown Holiday Inn Express Midtown
— Photo courtesy Holiday Inn Express Midtown

One of few 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. Hours run 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Recently updated furniture and covered tables are a bonus.

Where: Holiday Inn Express Midtown, 1305 Walnut Street

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Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Contemporary décor, gracious hospitality and inviting luxury

Loews Philadelphia Loews Philadelphia
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Inside the upscale, luxury hotel’s 15,000-square-foot health club is a 20-meter, 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

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06

The Logan, Philadelphia’s Hotel

Cosmopolitan culture with an artistic sensibility

The Logan The Logan
— Photo courtesy The Logan

Part of the expansive 7,600-square-foot, well-lit underground Spa at The Logan, the pool is heated and filled with salt water to prevent post-swim, chlorine-induced dryness. Hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the hotel offers a $65-a-day pass for non-guests to utilize the pool and fitness center.

Where: The Logan, 1 Logan Square

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Marriott Philadelphia Downtown

Located adjacent to the Pennsylvania Convention Center

— Photo courtesy Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

A complete experience with towels, a locker room and loungers, this lap pool is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. It’s also a fine complement to the hotel’s new 24-hour fitness facility.

Where: Marriott Philadelphia Downtown, 1201 Market Street

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The Rittenhouse Hotel

One of Philadelphia’s most elegant hotels

The Rittenhouse The Rittenhouse
— Photo courtesy the Rittenhouse

The high-rated Rittenhouse mainstay boasts an 18-by-36-feet pool inside an atrium with a west-facing outdoor sundeck, offering views of the city’s breathtaking sprawl. The pool is heated to 85 degrees year-round.

Where: The Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square

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Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel

A modern high-rise hotel in downtown Philadelphia's Museum District

Sheraton Downtown Sheraton Downtown
— Photo courtesy Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown

The Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel’s medium-sized pool is heated and four-and-a-half-feet deep all around. For early-morning swimmers, it opens bright and early at 5:30 a.m.

Where: Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, 201 N. 17th Street

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Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel

Located in the heart of Philadelphia's Historic District

Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill
— Photo courtesy Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill

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. There’s even a baby pool.

Where: Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel, 1 Dock Street

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Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel

Boasting a convenient location and fantastic amenities

Pool at the Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel Pool at the Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

This rooftop pool sits on the seventh floor of the hotel, providing guests with a private cabana feel alongside a limited view of the Philadelphia skyline. Weather permitting, it’s open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on a seasonal basis.

Where: Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel, 3549 Chestnut Street

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Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square

Conveniently located near Rittenhouse Square and Center City’s dining, museum and shopping districts

The rooftop pool (open seasonally) at the Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia. The rooftop pool (open seasonally) at the Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia.
— Photo courtesy Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia

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

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Windsor Suites Philadelphia

Offers studio and one-bedroom suites

The Windsor Suites pool The Windsor Suites pool
— Photo courtesy The Windsor Suites

The Windsor’s rooftop pool offers 360-degree views — observable from the 24th floor. The seasonal pool is accessible from 9 a.m. to dusk.

Where: Windsor Suites Philadelphia, 1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District

Accommodations centrally located within the nation’s most historic square mile

Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District pool Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District pool
— Photo courtesy Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District

The Wyndham’s outdoor, rooftop pool touts about five feet of depth and operates from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 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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City of Philadelphia Public Pools

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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 and season opening and closing dates.

Where: Various locations including John B. Kelly Pool, 4231 Lansdowne Drive

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AKA University City
Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center City
Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing
Holiday Inn Express Midtown
Loews Philadelphia Hotel
The Logan, Philadelphia’s Hotel
Marriott Philadelphia Downtown
The Rittenhouse Hotel
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel
Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel
Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square
Windsor Suites Philadelphia
Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District
City of Philadelphia Public Pools
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