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Escape to the finest swimming pools in Cape Town’s finest hotels.

If you’re looking to soak up the sun, yet still need some sparkling respite from the summer heat, then you should definitely visit these divine hotel swimming pools in downtown Cape Town.

Nestled in the heart of South Africa, the beautiful city of Cape Town is renowned for its stunning landscapes. From the famous Table Mountain to the endless expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, the city’s natural charm is seamlessly intertwined with its lively Central Business District. This makes it a must-visit destination for a summer escape. So, don’t miss out on our top picks for refreshing swimming pools that are just waiting to be discovered.

Gorgeous George Hotel


It’s small but fabulous and oh-so-stylish. The rooftop swimming pool at award-winning inner-city boutique hotel Gorgeous George sets the sophisticated scene for a sublime cocktail at the go-to sundowner venue for the chic set, Gigi Rooftop Bar.

The Rockefeller Hotel & Residence

The Rockefeller

Located on the 18th floor of the trendy The Rockefeller on the Foreshore, this swimming pool is a sight to behold. Designed by renowned interior designer Tristan du Plessis, the pool boasts a fresh and sparkling ambience that will impress you. Natural light floods the space and offers a warm and inviting atmosphere thanks to the sunroof. The glass doors most certainly provide uninterrupted views of the surrounding area, adding to the charm of the pool. To top it off, the pool paraphernalia is also pretty stylish.

Pullman Cape Town City Centre


Looking for a luxurious stay in Cape Town? Look no further than Pullman Cape Town City Centre, formerly known as Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence. With a refreshing outdoor pool, a deck equipped with comfortable loungers, and a convenient location on the same floor as the Ghibli Bar, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your stay in style. Make yourself at home!

Hotel Sky


The Glamorous Hotel Sky has not one but two small, heated swimming pools on two of its decks where guests can soak up the sun and be mesmerised by the astonishing view of Table Mountain, the CBD skyline and Cape Town harbour.

Southern Sun The Cullinan

Swimming Pools  The Cullinan

If you are looking to escape the summer heat in Cape Town, Southern Sun The Cullinan is the perfect place to unwind and cool off. The hotel features an expansive, deep-blue outdoor heated pool that is surrounded by comfortable reclining chairs clad in crisp black and white. It’s the perfect spot to relax, soak up the sun, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

The Onyx Aparthotel


Imagine lounging on chic poolside furniture while taking in the breathtaking views of the Central City and Table Mountain from the 4th floor of a sophisticated inner-city aparthotel. The beautiful mural adds a touch of art and elegance to the already serene atmosphere. And the fact that the outside area is linked to the bar makes it a perfect spot for some refreshing sundowners. It’s an inside-outside pool experience that you wouldn’t want to miss! There is also a spa on the same floor.

The Westin Cape Town

Swimming Pool Heavenly Spa at The Westin

One of the most famous inner-city pools, The Westin’s rooftop infinity lap pool is located inside the Heavenly Spa on the 19th floor and is best enjoyed before or after a relaxing spa treatment. Hotel and outside guests with a booked treatment can access the spa facilities, including the gym and pool.

Pepperclub Hotel


Pepperclub Hotel’s year-round outdoor pool on the 8th floor is located near its highly recommended Cayenne Spa. Surrounded by lush greenery, the pool area offers stunning views of the nearby mountain. You can lounge on the plush chairs, soak up the sun, and take a refreshing dip in the pool whenever you please. And if you’re in the mood for some pampering, the Cayenne Spa is just a stone’s throw away. This is the perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate during your stay. Take in the lush greenery, sink into the plush loungers and marvel at the mountain.

Onomo Hotel Inn On The Square


Onomo Hotel Inn on the Square features a rooftop heated pool, providing an unforgettable downtown view experience.

The Capital 15 On Orange


Located near the historical Company’s Garden, The Capital 15 on Orange is an urban oasis with an inviting outdoor pool cleverly positioned to take advantage of scenic mountain views. The Grotto Wellness Spa inside the hotel also has a heated pool to accompany the relaxing treatments.

One Thibault Residence


One Thibault Residence, the highest residential tower in town, has a rooftop pool in an adjoining building that’s perfect for letting your hair down after a day out on the town.

The Duke


Dynamite comes in small packages at The Duke, the luxury apartment block at Fountain Circle on the Heerengracht. There’s a relaxing rooftop entertainment area with a splash pool that’s perfect for a refreshing cool-down.

Urban Oasis Aparthotel


Aparthotel Urban Oasis, conveniently located near the Houses of Parliament, has a rooftop pool and bar from where visitors can drink in great views.

The Fountains Hotel


This four-star inner-city hotel has a cold outdoor lap pool and a neighbouring heated pool perfect for that crack-of-dawn 10-lap water workout.

Note: Most of these hotel swimming pools, which all fall into the 1.6 km² area of the Cape Town CBD, managed and promoted by the Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID), are mostly accessible to hotel guests only.

This feature first appeared in City Views published by the CCID.

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