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The Best Hotel Pools in Boston

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It's Hotels Week 2013 here at Curbed Boston! Thanks for checking inn (heh).


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It's hot out and it's going to get hotter. So here are 12 hotel pools in which to cool off and chill out. They include ones that might be hard to get into if you're not a guest (the InterContinental, the Back Bay Hilton) as well as ones wide open for the right price (the Colonnade, the Indigo). There are also hidden gems like the newish Revere and the Sheraton. And a few are not merely pools—they're basically nightclubs with bobbing ropes instead of velvet ones. Everyone in!


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The Colonnade

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The Colonnade's pools is probably the best rooftop pool in Boston, on a hotel or otherwise. Open to the public as well as to hotel guests, it fills up quickly, so the hotel suggests you call ahead. Open 8 am to 8 pm Monday through Friday and 8 pm to 6 pm on weekends.

Boston Harbor

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If you're not a hotel guest, the 60-foot lap pool and surrounding environment will set you back $25 a day. Call ahead.

InterContinental

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It's unlikely you can just stroll into the InterContinental's heated 45-foot pool you must be a hotel guest or a member of the spa/fitness center. Hours, if you're still curious, are 6 am to 9 pm Monday through Friday; and 8 am to 8 pm on weekends. Call ahead.

Back Bay Hilton

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The Hilton's seventh-floor heated pool plunges to no more than 5 feet, but is located next to a state-of-the-art fitness center (and a hot tub). All are only open to guests.

The Sheraton Boston

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Probably the hidden gem on our map, the Sheraton Boston's pool sits beneath a retractable roof. Two other things: It's likely Boston's biggest lap pool and it's often sparsely used (hence the hidden gem bit). It appears to be open to guests only (and their guests).

The Ritz-Carlton

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The 75-foot-long pool (that's junior Olympic) is on the exclusive side (we couldn't find photos!) as it's part of the attached mammoth Sports Club/LA. Open Monday through Friday from 5:30 am to 11 pm; and weekends from 7 am to 8 pm.

Embassy Suites Boston

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The Hilton-branded hotel near Logan has a heated indoor pool open to guests. It's 60-feet long, though little more than 3 feet deep.

The Charles

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All guests of the Charles get free use of the Wellbridge Athletic Club at 5 Bennett Street, which includes a heated indoor lap pool. Non-guests can garner memberships, including deals the club is offering for the summer. Call.

The Revere

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The Revere replaced the Radisson Boston in the spring of 2012. It includes a rooftop pool (seventh floor) next to a sweeping deck where cabanas can be rented for $150 for four people. Non-guests wishing to use the rest of the deck and the pool must pay $30 each starting July 1 (free before). Also starting in July, the hours will be 11 am to 10:30 pm daily.

Royal Sonesta

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Swim or lounge inside an atrium and beneath a retractable roof, next to a deck with views of the Charles. The pool runs to 30 feet in length. Open to hotel guests only from 6 am to 10 pm daily.

Hotel Indigo

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Twenty-five bucks gets non-guests into the BOKX Pool Deck at the Indigo. Open every day except Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. CASH ONLY!

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The Colonnade

The Colonnade's pools is probably the best rooftop pool in Boston, on a hotel or otherwise. Open to the public as well as to hotel guests, it fills up quickly, so the hotel suggests you call ahead. Open 8 am to 8 pm Monday through Friday and 8 pm to 6 pm on weekends.

Boston Harbor

If you're not a hotel guest, the 60-foot lap pool and surrounding environment will set you back $25 a day. Call ahead.

InterContinental

It's unlikely you can just stroll into the InterContinental's heated 45-foot pool you must be a hotel guest or a member of the spa/fitness center. Hours, if you're still curious, are 6 am to 9 pm Monday through Friday; and 8 am to 8 pm on weekends. Call ahead.

Back Bay Hilton

The Hilton's seventh-floor heated pool plunges to no more than 5 feet, but is located next to a state-of-the-art fitness center (and a hot tub). All are only open to guests.

The Sheraton Boston

Probably the hidden gem on our map, the Sheraton Boston's pool sits beneath a retractable roof. Two other things: It's likely Boston's biggest lap pool and it's often sparsely used (hence the hidden gem bit). It appears to be open to guests only (and their guests).

The Ritz-Carlton

The 75-foot-long pool (that's junior Olympic) is on the exclusive side (we couldn't find photos!) as it's part of the attached mammoth Sports Club/LA. Open Monday through Friday from 5:30 am to 11 pm; and weekends from 7 am to 8 pm.

Embassy Suites Boston

The Hilton-branded hotel near Logan has a heated indoor pool open to guests. It's 60-feet long, though little more than 3 feet deep.

The Charles

All guests of the Charles get free use of the Wellbridge Athletic Club at 5 Bennett Street, which includes a heated indoor lap pool. Non-guests can garner memberships, including deals the club is offering for the summer. Call.

The Revere

The Revere replaced the Radisson Boston in the spring of 2012. It includes a rooftop pool (seventh floor) next to a sweeping deck where cabanas can be rented for $150 for four people. Non-guests wishing to use the rest of the deck and the pool must pay $30 each starting July 1 (free before). Also starting in July, the hours will be 11 am to 10:30 pm daily.

Royal Sonesta

Swim or lounge inside an atrium and beneath a retractable roof, next to a deck with views of the Charles. The pool runs to 30 feet in length. Open to hotel guests only from 6 am to 10 pm daily.

Hotel Indigo

Twenty-five bucks gets non-guests into the BOKX Pool Deck at the Indigo. Open every day except Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. CASH ONLY!