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10 Great Hotel Pools for Snow-Day Staycations

By Christine Ciarmello
2/21/2014 9:39:00 AM

Let's face it: Winter can be a real drag. When temperatures head south of 32 degrees and dip into the single digits, when the snow piles up week after week, when the US is stuck in winter's icy grip, it's hard not to dream of running off to Tahiti or the Caribbean. This time of year is particularly bad for city dwellers, who have to trudge through slushy piles of dirty snow on a daily basis. But there's hope for urban residents yet, thanks to high-end hotel pools that require nothing more than a day pass and a little imagination to live out warm-weather fantasies. With warm water and tons of natural light, here are 10 great city hotel pools for escaping the winter chill.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Le Parker Meridien New York

Le Parker Meridien

Where: New York City

Welcome to Caribbean water temps right in the heart of Fifth Avenue. On the 42nd floor of Le Parker Meridien is the glass-enclosed rooftop pool, where you can swim alongside views of Central Park and the skyline. A $100 day pass gives access to the pool as well as its whimsically designed 20,000-square-foot health and fitness center located underground. This veritable playground for adults contains a gym, a restaurant, a manicure bar and the highlight: the hidden Moonshine spa, decked out with old barnwood, faux-fur throws, and a house pet--a canary in a cage.

Insider Tip: It's easy to pick a treatment at Moonshine spa. You have two choices: facial or massage. Every treatment is then tailored by your therapist for you.

Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's New York City Guide

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental, New York

Mandarin Oriental

Where: New York City

One of the city's best rooftop shorelines is at the well-heeled Mandarin Oriental. Views from the 36th, where the sunlit indoor 75-foot pool is, are of the Hudson River. Despite the ‘I heart NYC' panoramic, there's a peace and tranquility in the air that is more Bali-esque. To access these classy Midtown waters, you must buy a full-day at the spa. The weekday $1,320 price tag includes a variety of head-to-toe treatments, a bento box lunch, and various heat experiences. It also includes access to the fitness center and Oriental Tea Lounge.

Insider Tip: Try the Experience shower. Different colors and pressures simulate a tropical rain.

Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's New York City Guide

Photo Credit: Courtesy of InterContinental Boston

InterContinental Boston

Where: Boston

This may be the best deal on the freezing-cold Eastern seaboard: a pool pass for $25 at the InterContinental Boston. The 45-foot lap pool is on the second floor of this waterfront hotel, which happens to be in the exact location where the tea party that set off the American Revolution happened. Contemplate independence as you relax on a cush aqua-colored lounger that is surrounded by giant windows.

Insider Tip: What's a tropical vacation without rum? The hotel's RumBa (the Bostonian pronunciation of rum bar) plays Caribbean music and will mix a daiquiri, rum punch, or pour tastes of rums from Anguilla, Nicaragua, and Jamaica, among others.

Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Boston Guide

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