Now that all of Madrid’s public pools and natural pools (located outside of Madrid) 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 and indoor pools, like excessive children or insufficient amount of lounge chairs or space, 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 prices and hours detailed below are updated as of May 2019, however, they are subject to change, based on each hotel’s policy. Be sure the check each website for more details before heading to the pool!
1. Rooftop Pool at Hotel Emperador
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 50€ from Monday to Thursday, and 63€ 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.
Regarding COVID-19 restrictions: We recommend you call beforehand to check if you need to make a reservation. For more info, check out the website.
2. Gymage Rooftop
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. 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!
Regarding COVID-19 restrictions: Gymage is open from Monday to Thursday from 16:00 until 0:30 and from Friday to Saturday from 12:00 until closure. We would once again recommend calling beforehand to check for their policy on reservations. Check out their website for more information.
3. Rooftop Pool at Hotel Óscar
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!
Regarding COVID-19 restrictions: If you’re not a guest at the hotel, you’re required to make a reservation before arriving. Check out their website for more information.
4. Hotel Santo Domingo Rooftop Pool
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 (exact date to be determined) 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.
Regarding COVID-19 restrictions: Further information regarding pool accessibility can be found on their website to stay up-to-date.
4. Rooftop Pool at Axel Hotel
Luckily for us, the open-minded and gay-friendly Axel Hotel allows the public to enjoy its incredible rooftop swimming pool for a small fee of only € 20. Grab a delicious cocktail and relax while enjoying some of the best views the city has to offer. The roof is open every day from 10:00 until 22:00. No specific measures for the rooftop pool are provided. However, it is mentioned that reduced capacity for certain amenities will be enforced. Additionally, some may even be closed. We advise you to call the hotel before going to check if there is a need to make a reservation.
Regarding COVID-19 restrictions: In March 2020, the Axel Hotel closed temporarily due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This may adversely affect opening hours, available facilities, and other factors. Therefore, we recommend you call beforehand.