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Houston’s Top 10 Rooftop Pools — When Lounging in the Sun Takes You Sky High

From a Texas-Shaped Wonder to Secret Tucked Away Retreats

BY // 04.12.19

When it comes to luxuriating in the sunshine, Houston has many more months of fun than most cities. There’s only a short stretch of time when you wouldn’t want to lounge poolside. That season’s now long over, and it’s time to enjoy your day al fresco.

Tanning poolside or going for a dip is your best bet, since you can cool off while still soaking up that sun. There are pools aplenty across the city, but there are a few gems here and there that offer unbeatable views.

Think sky-high pools, towering over the city. You can truly find a relaxing hideaway in the heart of Houston’s hustle and bustle.

These are the Top 10 Rooftop Pools in Houston, from the Marriott’s majestic Texas-shaped pool to Market Square Tower’s death-defying glass-bottomed pool, and beyond.

Marriott Marquis Houston

1777 Walker

This Lone Star State-shaped lazy river may just be the most stunning pool in all of Texas, not just in Houston. It recently came in as runner-up in the contest of The Coolest Hotel Pool of 2019, conducted by Travel Agent Central.

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The striking pool is truly Texas-sized, but if you decide you’d rather go for exercise than a lazy afternoon, you can always get your work out in the lap pool. They’re both open year-round.

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The Marriott Marquis Texas-shaped pool is epic.

Market Square Tower Apartments

777 Preston

Yet another Space City pool that’s world-renowned. Market Square Tower‘s glass-bottomed Sky Pool sits 500 feet above street level. This infinity edge pool extends 10 feet beyond the side of the building and gives you a view of Downtown like no other.

As in, straight down. It’s a unique perspective of the city from 40 stories up. It’s rave-worthy for a reason.

Latitude Med Center

1850 Old Main

This dramatic infinity edge pool offers lovely views of the Med Center. It’s flanked by vibrant lounge chairs and beautiful flowers. You can either tan in the sun-ledge areas or kick back in a personal outdoor cabana.

Make a poolside party of it, since prep is so easy —  think a gourmet outdoor kitchen, complete with grills and a refrigerator.

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Latitude Med Center’s dramatic infinity pool has the perfect sun-ledge areas.

The Sovereign at Regent Square

3223 Dallas

The expansive pool is studded with palm trees — literally in the waters, perfect for you to lean or look up at as you float by. It makes for an unbeatable view.

But maybe the curved deck chairs are the best part. You’ll find them in the shallowest part of the water, sitting in the pool where you can dip your toes in and stay cool without ever leaving your seat.

Residences at Kirby Collection

3333 Lake

This sprawling one-acre outdoor terrace features a luxurious long pool with bright white chaises on one side and a series of charming shaded cabanas on the other.

There’s also an outdoor kitchen and picnic-style grills to fire up some burgers, which you can enjoy next to the fire pit.

Four Seasons Hotel Houston

1300 Lamar

This lavish pool allows for a resort-style experience in the heart of Houston. Palm trees and live oaks line the pool next to a hot tub.

But the details are where the Four Seasons really shines — think Turkish travertine tile, a water wall and a Brazilian ipe wood deck.

Hilton Houston Post Oak

2001 Post Oak

This Galleria area hotel features a sleek and fun pool atop the roof, with shady, stylish umbrella over the impeccable lounge chairs.

Potted palms add to the allure, alongside little tables for dining or sharing a bottle of wine.

Magnolia Houston

1100 Texas

This dreamy pool may be a little smaller than the rest, but it’s no less relaxing. It’s still perfect for a little dip, a moment of peace and calm during your stay at the hotel.

And you’d be remiss to forget about the cozy hot tub at the end of the patio. Let your worries melt away.

The Whitehall Houston

1700 Smith

This Downtown hotel’s pool is something of a hidden gem, with a funky, geometric layout set up against a flurry of decorative palms.

You can find time to unwind in any of the cute covered cabanas, soak up the sun in a bright blue lounge chair or share a bite with friends at a nice table beneath a sweeping blue umbrella.

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The Whitehall pool offers charming covered cabanas.

Westin Houston Memorial City

945 Gessner

The rooftop infinity pool is reason enough to visit this impressive Westin. The heated outdoor pool is open late — until 11 pm — making for plenty of time for an unforgettable swim.

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