A weekend staycation in Sydney isn’t complete without a dip in the pool.
Whether it’s a skyline view or a relaxing jacuzzi tub, hotel pools are the cherry on top when it comes to an elevated experience. We’ve put together a guide of our top hotel swimming spots around the city, guaranteed to make you want to go for a dip (or two).
Following a multi-million dollar transformation, the Swissôtel has unveiled its new Euro-inspired rooftop pool. Designed to be a hidden sanctuary in the middle of the CBD, this outdoor pool is reminiscent of long, relaxing European summers. Sip on a cocktail (which can be ordered poolside) and make yourself at home as you relax on the plush daybeds and cabanas, surrounded by nothing but calm and tranquillity.
Find Swissôtel Sydney at 68 Market St, Sydney NSW
Sofitel Darling Harbour
Arguably one of the most Instagrammable rooftop pools in the world, the stylish Sofitel pool sits on the 4th-floor terrace, complete with a Mediterranean theme. It’s a slice of Darling Harbour right at your fingertips, with a stunning infinity edge pool that leads to impressive views over the harbour and the CBD skyline. See the Westfield Tower and Darling Harbour Ferris wheel all in one picturesque sight, and stay hydrated in between dips with delicious cocktails, champagnes and wines.
Find Sofitel Darling Harbour at 12 Darling Dr, Sydney NSW
Kimpton Margot Sydney
The Kimpton Margot is a heritage-listed hotel in the CBD with an open-air pool located on a sprawling rooftop. It’s the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, with a New York-style rooftop bar you can order from when you’re not in the pool. It opens daily from early morning right through to late night, with the rooftop bar also opening to the public on weekend nights.
Find Kimpton Margot Sydney at 339 Pitt St, Sydney NSW
InterContinental Sydney Double Bay
If you love great views, you need to head down to InterContinental Sydney Double Bay. The hotel is perched perfectly near Double Bay Beach, giving you a show-stopping view of Sydney Harbour’s shining waters and floating yachts. Order from the luxe lounge and bar and have it delivered poolside as you stretch out in a private cabana.
Find InterContinental Sydney Double Bay at 33 Cross St, Double Bay NSW
Who said indoor pools can’t be just as cool as outdoor pools? If you prefer to have your swim session inside, the InterContinental Sydney indoor pool is the perfect option, located on the hotel’s 31st floor. A pool this high means you also get great views overlooking the Opera House and Harbour Bridge from their glass windows. It’s small, stylish and best of all, means you get to unwind in privacy.
Find InterContinental Sydney at 117 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW
With a dramatic ceiling painting resembling a starry night sky, you already know the indoor pool at Langham Sydney means serious business. The look was inspired by traditional Roman bathhouses, and the pool is heated all year round, meaning you’re kept toasty before and after your swim. There’s also a bubbling hot jacuzzi to one side of the pool, and a steam room from the other (all available to hotel guests).
Find Langham Sydney at 89-113 Kent St, Millers Point NSW
Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach
Avoid the crowded beach without missing out on the ocean views at Crowne Plaza Sydney. Situated right in the heart of Coogee, you get all the laid-back vibes from the rooftop pool and outdoor deck. It’s right next to the water, giving you unparalleled views of Coogee Beach. Lounge around on the sundeck chairs, go for a lap, or chill in the jacuzzi tub; the options are endless.
Find Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach at 242 Arden St, Coogee NSW
As Paddington’s newest lifestyle hotel, Oxford House has brought the goods (and more) when it comes to delivering the quintessential luxe pool experience. Taking cues from its Palm Springs aesthetic, the heated pool sits right in the centre of the inner courtyard, with neutral marble tiles and lush greenery throughout. It’s also where you can find the pool bar (also open to the public) to sip on signature grapefruit Negronis and OH! Margaritas. There’s also a digital art show in the pool, played each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night.
Find Oxford House at 21 Oxford St, Paddington NSW
Just opened last month, the Capella Sydney features two luxurious indoor pools, all heated to a crisp 27 degrees. Open to guests only, the first pool is long and lap-ready, with unique Baroque detailing and day-beds for ultimate relaxation. The second pool is more for unwinding, dubbed the ‘vitality’ pool, with jet streams and gentle bubbles to wash all your worries away.
Find Capella Sydney at 24 Loftus St, Sydney NSW