Summer is almost upon us which means that it’s time to start cataloguing all of Madrid City’s pools and rating our chances of getting into each one.
Gone are the days of building rooftops only being used for television antennas. Many hotels in Madrid have decided to convert these spaces into paradises for guests.
Unfortunately, the places on this list of Madrid City’s swankiest hotel pools are, for the most, part, not open to the public (although a couple are). But they can be enjoyed by travelers with a few hundred dollars per night to blow on lodging. If you are one of our guest. You’ll find chill out bars with sofas and long lists of cocktails, live DJ sessions and, to top it all off, enticing swimming pools with incredible panoramic views of the city.
When the sun sets these venues become the ideal backdrop for the capital’s coolest parties.
Located on the first floor of the building, Hotel Wellington’s magnificent outdoor swimming pool is open during the summer months. Enjoy a refreshing swim before soaking in the outdoor Jacuzzi next to the pool.
Or simply sink into a deck chair and enjoy the sunshine. It’s the perfect way to relax and unwind after touring the roof garden, or after a busy day exploring Madrid
June 1st to Sept 30th from 10:30 am to 8pm
The Room Mate hotel chain has always been known for its innovation and cutting-edge design and Óscar is no exception. Located in Chueca, one of the city’s most fashionable neighbourhoods, it has recently remodeled its rooftop, turning it into one of the capital’s trendiest spots. The swimming pool is small but the views and chill out atmosphere with relaxing white furniture make it very appealing indeed. As space is limited, we recommend you go during the week or, if you’re staying at the hotel, go up first thing in the morning.
Refrain from visiting this pool if you have a fear of heights because the views from the tenth floor of this building on Gran Via are jaw-dropping. This is one of the biggest pools that you’ll find among the hotels in Madrid and you can even do laps. It’s ideal location is a feature that can’t be overlooked. The capital’s most important theatres, with the most popular plays and musicals, are only a short walk away. This roof-top terrace has also hosted many weddings, including that of Alaska and Mario, who exchanged vows while filming a reality show about their lives.
The Mercure Santo Domingo is also located on Gran Vía and its roof top offers views of one of the city’s main icons, the Royal Palace. In addition, the swimming pool has two special features. The first is for those who need to relax: a water jet you can stand under to receive a restorative cervical massage. The second, on the other hand, is for those with energy to burn: a counter-current swimming system so you can do as many lengths as you like.
Staying only a 5-minute walk from Puerta del Sol is a luxury in itself, but this hotel offers other wonderful surprises. One of them is the impressive art collection on permanent display, including its own Egyptian Museum. The other, of course, is the spectacular roof-top terrace with a small pool surrounded by loungers where you’ll wish time would stand still. The views from here are magnificent and you can even see the sculptures of two chariots that crown the current offices of the Banco de Bilbao and which Álex de la Iglesia immortalised in his film La comunidad, leaving Carmen Maura hanging from one of them.