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Rooftop Pools in Tempe, Arizona

Summer has not officially started, but in Tempe, Arizona, the temperature begs to differ. As the hot weather persists, there are only two things you can do to help survive the upcoming months: air conditioning and pool lounging. Those who live in Tempe may even look forward to this time of year as there are plenty of cool places to escape the heat, one of which includes hotel pools. Lucky for us in Tempe, hotel pools make for a perfect oasis during the summer. While you will find most hotels do offer pools as an added perk to stay at their property, there is nothing quite like relaxing at a pool on the rooftop level. Believe it or not, rooftop pools never use to be the norm in Tempe, but as of late, new construction of hotels have implemented rooftop pools and now we can see why. Rooftop pools offer a vantage point like no other, and they create exceptional views that are untouchable and unobstructed by anything else. Rooftop pools just hit different, and you must experience them for yourself. Check out these rooftop pools and see why we can’t stop bragging.

AC Hotel by Marriott Phoenix Tempe/Downtown
100 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 642-6140

AC Hotel Phoenix Tempe/Downtown is the ideal location for pool chillaxing. Not only do they have an accessible rooftop that sits across from iconic Tempe landmarks such as “A” Mountain and the Hayden Flour Mill, but it is one of the only hotel rooftops where you can catch a glimpse of the sunset over Tempe Town Lake. Take advantage of all the photo opportunities or simply take in the incredible views while swimming in their rooftop pool. 

AC Hotel Phoenix Tempe Downtown | Photo by: @monicagoesshow

Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center
60 E. 5th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 894-1400

Tempe Mission Palms is one of the very first rooftop pools to hit the Tempe scene. With decades of experience, they are known for great hospitality, a beautifully landscaped courtyard and its location in Downtown Tempe at the base of “A” Mountain and within a block of Tempe Town Lake. From the rooftop pool area, hotel guests can capture the very essence of what makes Tempe among the best cities in Arizona. It combines a sparkling pool, palm trees and an awesome view of the mountain.

Tempe Mission Palms credit An Pham
Tempe Mission Palms Hotel | An Pham Photography

Residence Inn by Marriott Tempe Downtown/University
510 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 967-2300

Residence Inn by Marriott Tempe Downtown/University is in the middle of all of the action and offers incredible views from its expansive rooftop and pool area. Observe Tempe’s skyline from the rooftop before or after attending an ASU football game, ASU Gammage show, or one of the many events that we’re looking forward to in Downtown Tempe.

Residence Inn Tempe DowntownUniversity by Marriott pool
Residence Inn Tempe Downtown University by Marriott

Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown
108 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-6800

Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown features a rooftop bar, Alibi, and pool on the 14th floor. This hotel is a newer hot spot for viewing sunsets, eating scrumptious food and sippin’ on hand crafted cocktails. Cool off in their rooftop pool or take part in the many happenings that they offer such as live music, themed soirées and more! Check out their upcoming events.

Canopy Hotel Tempe rooftop
Canopy Hotel Tempe

Westin Tempe
11 E. 7th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-8885

I’m no fortune teller, but I have a feeling that the newest rooftop pool that is about to hit the scene this summer will be the ultimate destination for rooftop hanging. The Westin Tempe will be ready to elevate your experience at their rooftop lounge and infinity pool starting late summer-early fall 2021, and we’re already swooning over the details. With expansive views overlooking Downtown Tempe, The Westin Tempe will offer a place where you can sip, savor and enjoy their rooftop pool in style!

Westin Tempe pool at night
Westin Tempe – coming soon!

Hyatt House Tempe / Phoenix / University
Hyatt Place Tempe / Phoenix / University
601 E. 6th St, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 207-1578

Hyatt Place and Hyatt House are dual properties, and they are the latest to open a rooftop pool. Although you can lounge around, this location is more for a quick dip and social hang-out. But don’t let this intimate pool setting fool you, as it probably hosts one of the best views in the rooftop game. Enjoy views of ASU Sun Devil Stadium and the new developments happening east of University Drive or, wait till the sun goes down and enjoy all the city lights. You can also order from the indoor/outdoor bar, which is equipped with plenty of seating under string lights.

Hyatt-Place-Hyatt-House_Rooftop-Pool
Hyatt Place/Hyatt House Tempe / Phoenix / University Rooftop Pool

Looking for more fun to do this summer? Look no further! We have curated a list of our top 20 summer activities and why we’re stoked about summer in Tempe.

Written Alicia Griffith

Alicia is an ASU Alumna and Tucson native who is unapologetically herself. When she is not sharing her passion for Tempe, she is a devoted dog mom and reality TV enthusiast who has a weakness for charcuterie boards and wine!