Summer has not officially started, but the temperature begs to differ in Tempe. 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 rooftop pools at area hotels. Rooftop pools offer exceptional views that are untouchable and unobstructed by anything else, and frankly, they just hit differently. Check out our list below and experience them for yourself.
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.
Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center
60 E. 5th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 894-1400
Tempe Mission Palms was 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 central location in Downtown Tempe. 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 “A” Mountain.
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 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 in Downtown Tempe.
Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown
108 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-6800
Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown features Alibi Tempe, a rooftop bar 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 the pool or check out the many monthly happenings they offer, such as live music, themed soirées and more! Check out their upcoming events.
The Westin Tempe
11 E. 7th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-8885
The Westin Tempe is open and ready to elevate your experience at their rooftop lounge and infinity pool, Skysill Rooftop Lounge. Soaring eighteen stories above Downtown Tempe, SkySill is the Valley’s highest open-air bar offering expansive views of the Greater Phoenix area. The Westin Tempe will offer a place where you can sip, savor and enjoy their rooftop pool in style!
Feel the eclectic vibe of the stunning rooftop pool at dual properties, Hyatt Place and Hyatt House. 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 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.