Now that all of Madrid’s public pools are opening for the summer season, everyone from tourists to locals are grabbing their sunscreen and towels and making a splash. But some downsides to public pools, like excessive children or insufficient amount of lounge chairs, may interfere with your well-deserved summertime leisure. Well, if you’re looking for something a little more chic, you’ve come to the right place. Madrid is filled with hidden rooftop pools located on some of the city’s most popular hotel terraces. If you’re not reserving a room, these tasteful options can come at a much more expensive price than your typical public pool, but its all worth the luxurious afternoon dip. The garden/lounge vibe of these rooftop terraces is a perfect way to escape the heat while staring at glorious views of the city. Below are a few of the private pools in Madrid that don’t require any hotel check-ins, and all are located in the city center!
The rooftop pool at the Hotel Emperador is quite impressive when it comes to skyline views of the city. Located on the 10th floor, the considerably large outdoor swimming pool is accompanied by a rooftop garden, and looks out upon famous landmarks like Gran Vía and the Royal Palace. There is also a snack bar, restaurant, and solarium with hammocks! Enjoy Madrid’s skyline while relaxing on one of the many lounge chairs and sippin’ on your third mojito. Entry to the pool is free for those staying at the hotel, but if you’re not a hotel guest you can get in for 40€ from Monday to Thursday, and 55€ from Friday to Sunday. If you’re interested in dining on the rooftop, entrance will cost a little more. The pool is open regularly from 10am to 9pm, except on days of special events.
Located on top of what at first seems like your average gym, is a little piece of paradise! Gymage is a super chic rooftop/garden/terrace/bar and pool that becomes one of the hottest spots in town during the summer! Known for their colourful selection of delicious cocktails, super cool evening events and of course, la piscina! The pool at Gymage looks over the Plaza Soledad Torres Acosta, with a grassy lounge area and smooth music. it’s open all week from 12:oo-0:00, and the best part about Gymage is that entry to the rooftop is open to the public! It’s a great place to cool off right in the very centre of the city!
La Terraza de Óscar Hotel
Hiding away in Chueca is a beautiful little pool club on the terrace of the Room Mate Óscar Hotel. Designed by the famous interior designer, Tomas Alia, the rooftop pool places you in a chic and relaxing atmosphere all while offering 360 degree views of the city. Soak in the sun while laying on one of the Balinese beds or white loungers. The cocktails at the Óscar Hotel Terrace have also gained major popularity amongst guests and tourists. The menu offers over 30 different choices! An entrance package to the hotel rooftop pool costs 35€ on Monday to Thursday from 10am to 7pm. On weekends, prices vary from Half-Day to Full Day entrance. For a half-day (10am to 2pm or 3 pm to 7pm) it will also cost 35€. A Full Day entrance will cost you a hefty 60€, but hey, we’re talking about a full day of luxurious relaxation! All packages include a sunbed, towel, locker and one welcome glass of champagne. You MUST email the hotel ahead of time to make a pool reservation, whether you are a guest or not. And be sure to mention the pool package!
Hotel Santo Domingo
Another luxurious option when you want to take a summer swim. At the Hotel Santo Domingo, you will find a very hip and modern terrace, along with a garden and pressurized waterfall! The terrace bar often hosts nightlife events during which the pool gets covered by a transparent floor so guests can dance. The rooftop pool is open from June 1st to September 15th for the summer season, from 11am to 8pm. Unfortunately access is free and exclusive for hotel guests, but the terrace opens everyday for the public after 8.30pm. Get ready to grab a cocktail and enjoy the gorgeous Madrid sunset while dipping your toes in the pool.
Want more Rooftops? We’ve got more to offer! Check out our 10 Amazing Rooftops Overlooking Madrid and 13 Great Terraces for Cocktails & Food! Also, don’t miss out on our super cool series of Rooftop & Terrace Events called Meet & Chill!
– Justin & Leah