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Thursday, July 30, 2015

The top 15 hotel swimming pools in Toronto

hotel swimming pools torontoThe top hotel swimming pools in Toronto will have you cooling down in the lap of luxury. Forget city owned spaces and crowded beaches, these swimming sanctuaries will have you beating the heat in style. Grab an expertly made-martini from a poolside bar and prepare for some high-class R&R.

Here, in no particular order, are my picks for the top hotel swimming pools in Toronto.


InterContinental Toronto Centre (Front St.)
Bringing serious ocean vibes to the city, the InterContinental flaunts an expansive 48-foot saltwater swimming pool. Once you've floated all your cares away, take advantage of the steam room and saltwater hot tub for total relaxation. Non-guests can purchase a fitness day pass for only $25 that will give access to the pool, hot tub, steam rooms, towel services, and fitness centre.

Hyatt Regency
The rooftop pool at the Hyatt Regency is the ideal place to beat the heat while taking advantage of the sunshine. The seasonal sun deck offers a spectacular view of downtown Toronto and gives swimmers and sunbathers access to the room service menu. If you aren't staying at the hotel, you can snag a day pass Thursday-Sunday for $39.

Radisson on Queens Quay
The Radisson's outdoor pool area offers a stellar view, rivalling the likes of The Thompson. Dive into its sparkling depths or look out over the Toronto Harbour as you kick back on a lounge chair. Luckily, this spot offers day passes, so Toronto residents can get in on the fun. It will set you back $40, but you'll get towel service and access to the showers and lockers.

Sheraton Centre
The Sheraton is loved for its expansive indoor/outdoor heated pool (the largest in the downtown core). It also flaunts ample space for laying out, with deck chairs and outdoor sofas galore, if you'd rather soak up the sun and stay out of the water. Not staying at the hotel? You can purchase a monthly pass ($95 on a yearly contract).

Fairmont Royal York
The Fairmont Royal York has everything you could ask for in its pool area: a 50-foot pool, wading pool, whirlpool, steam rooms, and saunas. So, if you're looking to turn your pool day into a spa day, this is a good option. Unfortunately, the space is reserved for hotel guests, but you can splurge on year ($1500) or half year ($800) health club membership.


The Hazelton
Want to avoid the public altogether? The Hazelton Health Club and Spa gives access to hotel guests exclusively. Known for being the epitome of luxury, the hotel has pulled out all the stops for their pool room. Look forward to a serene, mosaic-tiled pool filled with heated saltwater, If you're willing to pay the price for a room.

The Thompson Hotel
The rooftop pool at The Thompson is renown for being one of the best in the city due to its amazing view and exclusivity. Whether you're looking to beat the heat in its crystal waters or kick back on the nearby patio with a martini in hand, you're sure to have an a-list experience. Unfortunately, the space is reserved for hotel guests and condo residents, but you can always try to smooth talk your way in.

The Four Seasons
The Four Seasons is another hotel that only gives access to guests and residents. It offers a relaxation pool and whirlpool, perfect for soaking your worries away. The floor to ceiling windows and spa-like atmosphere make the price tag of a room more than worthwhile.

The Shangri-La pool is a contender for most luxurious in the city. Outfitted with a chandelier, glass roof, cascading waterfall, cabanas, and whirlpool nearby with a panoramic view of the city, you're more than likely to have a hard time leaving.

Ritz Carlton
The pool at the Ritz Carlton is, for lack of a better term, ritzy. The all-white room features plenty of lounge chairs and an expansive pool filled with saltwater. Once you're done in the water, take advantage of one of the many spa treatments offered by the hotel.

Trump Toronto
In true Trump fashion, the hotel has spared no expensive for its swimming area. Way up on the 32nd floor, you'll find a 65-foot, zero-edge pool filled with saltwater and a whirlpool. As expected, the decor is equally splashy, with marble walls, arm chairs, and greenery dotted around the room.

Delta Toronto
The Delta Toronto offers a swim with a view. Sporting floor to ceiling windows that look out toward the train tracks and the Financial District, you'll be able to see everything Toronto has to offer from the comfort of a deck chair. It also has a whirlpool, if you want to kickback and relax post-swim.

Delta Chelsea
The Delta Chelsea offers a heated indoor pool with a panoramic view of downtown Toronto. To dry off post-swim, skip the towel and lay out on the seasonal outdoor sun deck. If you're not in the mood to take a dip, there's plenty of deck chairs to relax in.

The Westin Prince
The outdoor pool at The Westin Prince offers hotel guests the ideal place to cool down in the summer. With both lounge and Muskoka chairs dotting the perimeter, and prime views of the lawn and surrounding trees, you'll feel more like you're in cottage country than the city.

The Hilton boasts guests-only a pool with an enviable view. With high ceilings and floor to ceiling windows that look toward the surrounding buildings, you definitely get bang for your buck when you stay here. If you don't feel like taking a swim, there are plenty of cushioned lounge chairs.

What did I miss? Add your favourite hotel swimming pools to the comments.

Photo of the Thompson Toronto.

by Alice Prendergast via blogTO

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