Best Rooftops to Visit this Spring: From Beach Views to Sweeping Cityscapes

Best Rooftops to Visit this Spring: From Beach Views to Sweeping Cityscapes

As the weather starts to warm up, and we move closer to springtime, travelers and locals are looking for the best places to enjoy a drink and some amazing views! Across the country, hotels are reopening and reintroducing their rooftops just in time for Spring break.

ESPACIO The Jewel of Waikiki | Honolulu, HI (pictured)

Hawaii’s most luxurious boutique hotel offers guests private bookings for its rooftop infinity pool overlooking the famed Waikiki Beach. With a hot tub and infinity pool edge, as well as glass walls on the pool deck, guests can take a dip while soaking in the sunshine and views of the Pacific Ocean, Diamond Head, and the Oahu coast. Hotel guests can enjoy the rooftop in privacy by booking the rooftop (complimentary) for 90-minute blocks. The ESPACIO rooftop is also outfitted with a chef-grade gas grill, refrigerator, and seating areas for private meals, and nightly programming includes a Sunset Caviar & Champagne experience for hotel guests and locals.

Istanbul Meets Fifth Avenue at The Peninsula New York | New York, NY

To celebrate the opening of its brand-new sister property, The Peninsula Istanbul, The Peninsula New York has temporarily transformed its Salon de Ning rooftop bar into an outpost of alluring East-meets-West style. Between now and March 31, 2023, visitors to the acclaimed Fifth Avenue property will get the chance to sample the flavors, and surrounds, of Türkiye. Drawing inspiration from ornate traditional Ottoman tents, the hotel has reimagined the two rooftop domes that have long made Salon de Ning one of Manhattan’s most stylish wintertime destinations. Guests will find the domes now dramatically cloaked in swags of richly colored fabric; their seating areas draped in luxe Turkish velvet, intricately patterned throws, and plush cushions; and their floors covered with vintage kilim rugs. In the large dome, a round, communal daybed lavishly upholstered in Turkish textiles takes center stage, beneath hand-hammered copper lanterns are suspended from the overhead oculus. In the smaller dome a single oversized, perforated pendant casts intricate shadows around the space.  In keeping with its captivating new setting, Salon de Ning has also introduced a menu of authentic Turkish dishes and Türkiye-inspired drinks for guests to enjoy. The offerings include traditional mezze like dolmas (stuffed grape leaves), and haydari and ezme (dips made, respectively, with herbed yogurt, and spiced tomatoes and peppers). A lineup of special creative cocktails will also be available – including the Turkish Blossom, made with yeni raki, maraschino liqueur, orange bitters, lime juice, raspberry purée and the Turkish Coffee Martini, made with vodka, coffee liqueur, and Turkish coffee.

The ROOF on theWit | Chicago, IL

In the heart of the LOOP, visitors can head up 27 stories to the ROOF on theWit hotel for specialty cocktails, delicious food, live music, and stunning views. ROOF has earned international acclaim for its expressive design and entertainment, sweeping skyline views, and unique hand-crafted cocktails and cuisine. From brunch on the weekend to dance parties at night, the ROOF on theWit offers something for everyone. With floor to ceiling walls, and one of the only retractable ceilings in Chicago, guests can enjoy sweeping cityline views of Chicago throughout the spring. As the weather warms and the sun comes out, the entire rooftop will transform to an outdoor oasis with live local DJs, and fun events, from ladies nights, to viewing parties. ROOF also offers an impressive menu of small bites that come directly from theWit’s top class restaurant, State & Lake, with executive chef, Michael Taus. For those looking for the ideal venue for your next event, the ROOF has you covered with a long list of bottle service offerings and tables available to reserve.

Thompson San Antonio - Riverwalk I San Antonio, TX

Serving as a modern retreat floating 20 stories above San Antonio’s celebrated River Walk is the Rooftop at Thompson San Antonio, a new 162-room lifestyle hotel which opened in February 2021 and is located in San Antonio’s dynamic Arts District. The hotel’s rooftop restaurant & bar The Moon’s Daughters is led by Executive Chef Robert Cantu and offers Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and 300 seats both indoors and outdoors. Bringing sky-high dining and nightlife vibes to the city, guests can sip on an assortment of spirits with a Texas twist while taking in panoramic views of Downtown San Antonio. The hotly anticipated space offers tunes and DJ sets every Friday and Saturday night, in addition to pop-up events such as a Full Moon ‘Cosmic Night’ party with tarot card readings and live entertainment.

The Peninsula Beverly Hills | Beverly Hills, CA 

The Peninsula Beverly Hills 60-foot rooftop pool is an idyllic spot to relax and cool down in true Peninsula style featuring panoramic views of the Los Angeles and Century City skyline. Guests can unwind in a plush chaise lounge and enjoy a signature cocktail, refreshing juice, smoothie, or light bites from the Naturally Peninsula plant-based menu sourced directly from the hotel’s rooftop garden. For the ultimate poolside experience, guests can rent one of 12 private cabanas fitted with modern comforts and amenities, including:

  • WiFi, cordless telephones, HD TVs, Apple TV offering the ability to cast content from personal phones to the TV, Bluetooth sound system, USB charging station, refrigerator, overhead heater, fan, and safe.
  • Seasonal Fruit Plate
  • 1 Bottle of VieVate Rose
  • Unlimited Flat or Sparkling Water
  • 2 Sunscreens

In addition, The Spa at Peninsula Beverly Hills offers poolside manicures, pedicures, and reflexology in a private pool cabana seven days a week.

Perry Lane Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Savannah I Savannah, GA 

Soak in exquisite views of the cityscape from Savannah’s best rooftop bar, Peregrin at Perry Lane Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Savannah. From hand-crafted premium cocktails and vibrant dishes, the Peregrin experience is Southern elegance at its best. Offering one of the swankiest pool experiences in the south, Perry Lane Hotel’s Rooftop pool features sweeping views of Savannah, plush lounge chairs and cocktail service poolside. An urban oasis with tropical touches, the pool is situated in the heart of residential Savannah, with 360-degree views of the Historic District. Hotel guests can enjoy fresh locally inspired dishes at Pelegrin, open day and night, or spend a day of leisure by the pool, and experience why this is unequivocally the most upscale rooftop experience in the beloved city.

Goldener Hirsch, Auberge Resorts Collection | Deer Valley, UT

Deer Valley’s only rooftop pool is perched atop its most legendary, luxury hotel, complete with views of the ski slopes and panoramic landscape. This winter, Goldener Hirsch has launched a new après ski wellness program in partnership with revolutionary cold plunge company, Plunge, at the pool. In addition to guests enjoying the heated waters of the pool and cantilever hot tub like normal, they can also enjoy access to an après ski rooftop recovery hub. Create your own Nordic Cycle - alternating betweening the rooftop’s cold plunge and the heated pool or hot sauna for mind/body benefits - while taking in the undisturbed views. The cold plunge experience can be elevated with private breathwork and fitness sessions with one-on-one guided practice + even heart-warming cacao.

The Vanderbilt, Auberge Resorts Collection | Newport, RI

Pull back the portico curtains and step into the historic downtown Newport mansion once owned by businessman Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt that has been reimagined as a glamorous social hub with a culinary secret to discover at every turn. One of the best-kept secrets in all of Newport, The Roof Deck at the very top of the hotel is the perfect al fresco spot to watch the sunset and take in sweeping views of the historic city and port. Now open daily and serving handcrafted cocktails, fresh Rhode Island Oysters, and a menu featuring light New England fare.

The Mississippi Terrace at Big Cypress Lodge | Memphis, TN

At The Mississippi Terrace, hotel guests at Big Cypress Lodge and locals alike can dine al fresco, listen to live music, and cozy up by the fire pits, while admiring the spectacular views of the Memphis skyline and the Mississippi River. Located at the top of the soaring 32-story Bass Pro Shops Pyramid along the Mississippi River, the hotel’s rooftop restaurant & bar The Lookout offers glass observation decks and bird’s-eye views. It’s also one of the best spots to watch the Mighty Lights LED light show that illuminates the Hernando de Soto and Big River Crossing Bridges each night. The Mississippi Terrace features fire pits, s’mores kits, oversized cozy furniture, a full bar offering hand-crafted cocktails, and small bites for a sunset Happy Hour or perfect evening under the stars.