You won't find many Boston hotels with outdoor pools ... but during warm summer months, nothing feels more glorious than a refreshing swim after a day of sightseeing!
Here's a guide to your options - including Boston hotels with roof top pools, hotels with indoor-outdoor atrium pools and roof decks, and a few budget and mid-range choices.
All of these hotels are centrally located, putting you close to Boston's top attractions, so you get city convenience, plus the joy of swimming and lounging outdoors under the sun.
Most of the seasonal pools are open between Memorial Day and Labor Day (weather permitting, of course).
To extend the season, choose a hotel with an indoor-outdoor atrium pool.
Top photo: Courtyard swimming pool at Verb Hotel near Fenway Park
Verb Hotel, next door to Fenway Park, is the latest incarnation of the mid-century Fenway Motor Hotel, built in 1959.
Look for a cool vibe, lots of fun touches, and an inviting jewel-like pool.
What to do when you're not at the pool: With Fenway Park almost close enough to touch and lots of popular restaurants, sports bars, and House of Blues nearby, finding things to do won't be a problem. In fact, you may want to extend your stay!
What else is special: Boston's famous Victory Gardens and Kelleher Rose Gardens are across Boylston St in the Back Bay Fens park, only a 3-4 minute walk of the hotel.
Even without its roof top pool, the Colonnade would rank as one of Boston's best hotels - but the outdoor swimming pool on the hotel's 11th floor sets it apart.
Spend the day relaxing with a good book on one of the lounge chairs, go for a swim in the pool, and order lunch or a frosty drink at one of the umbrella tables. Occasional pool-side concerts add to the fun. You'll also enjoy the roof top views of the city.
What to do when you're not at the pool: Shop in Prudential Center across the street, explore nearby Copley Square, or take the Green Line to the Museum of Fine Arts and spend the day in the new Art of the Americas Wing.
Insider Tip: Get a complimentary room upgrade, Internet access, and a welcome gift by signing up for the Colonnade's "I Prefer" loyalty program - and earn points toward stays in over 400 other independent luxury hotels around the world.
The glitzy Revere Hotel also sports a roof pool opening out onto a huge and glamorous deck with panoramic city view from its perch above the 7th floor.
Because the pool is situated under a season-extending skylit glass-enclosed pavillion, you can enjoy it regardless of the weather outside. Poolside and deckside beverage will add to your enjoyment as you stretch out in the sun after a swim.
The Revere's 356 contemporary guest rooms and suites put you right in the middle of Boston's Theatre District near Boston Common, and just a 5-10 minute walk away from Back Bay, the Downtown Financial District and Waterfront, and iconic historic sites along the Freedom.
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The Midtown Hotel is one of the most affordable Boston hotels with outdoor pools - in fact, it's one of Boston's great bargain hotels.
Why? Three reasons: 1) The outdoor pool , of course, 2) terrific Back Bay location , and 3) Fenway Park is only about a 10-minute walk away.
Wondering why it's so cheap?
Unlike the sleek high-rise Colonnade down the street, the Midtown is a low-rise - in fact, it's a 1950s-era motel. Decor is simple...no luxe linens, no high-end furnishings, no glamour. If you don't care about these things, enjoy the bargain you get here...plus the pool!
What to do when you're not at the pool: Get concert tickets for nearby Symphony Hall or Jordan Hall, stroll along the reflecting pool at the Christian Science Mother Church on the other side of Huntington Ave, and if the Red Sox are in town, go to a game at Fenway Park.
The Sheraton Boston Hotel's pool is one of the largest in the city - fitting, since the Sheraton is also Boston's biggest hotel.
What makes this pool special, aside from the luxurious size, is the retractable glass roof. Located on the Sheraton's 5th floor, the indoor-outdoor pool connects to the rooftop sun deck. You get the best of both worlds!
Although the Sheraton is best known as a high-end business hotel, it's also a family-friendly favorite - in part because of this wonderful pool. Savvy Boston-area and New England families come here for weekend getaways.
What else is special: Great location - the hotel connects directly to the Hynes Convention Center and Prudential Center. Newbury Street shopping is just steps away.
The heated outdoor swimming pool behind the Wyndham at the edge of the West End neighborhood near Beacon Hill is one of Boston's best kept hotel secrets, and adds to the appeal of this mid-range hotel.
Although the pool is on a roof, it is not at the top of the hotel, which means the pool is nicely secluded but offers some great street views.
More to enjoy at the Wyndham Boston: Great location midway between TD Garden and the antique shops of Beacon Hill; convenient car rental pickup/dropoff on the garage level if you need a rental car just for the day; tons of very good restaurants nearby; short 6-7 minute walk to Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market and to Boston's North End.