Slip into the James Dean adorned Hollywood Scoop Back (or the Yosimite trunks, for the guys) because this is some serious rooftop pool BOOM. Â Sure, Sydneyâ€™s got Ivy Pool Bar â€“ but Ivyâ€™s got nothing on this swanky sky-high oasis.
Thompson LES is a funky little hotel located in Manhattanâ€™s trendy, culture-rich Lower East Side. This isnâ€™t just the place to stay but itâ€™s also the place to be seen. Celebs from Madonna to Rachel Zoe and Alessandra Ambrosio have all dropped in recently. The hotelâ€™s rooftop bar Above Allen, and the surrounding pool, lounge and patio, is exclusive with a capital E. This place is members-only cool and Lower East Side hip. And if you donâ€™t have time to mix with the cool kids (to piggyback off of their membership) simply book a room at the boutique hotel.Â Voila, instant rooftop pool access. But post check-in, you might not make it out of the room once you fall into the luxurious custom 400-thread-count SFERRA sheets and look up to see the headboard: a Lee Friedlander print illuminated through a lightbox.
To help lure you out, the perfect poolside scene awaits. The bright tangerine coloured sun chairs pop up off the grey concrete. The crystal clear blue water ripples over a large filmstrip image of Pop Art icon Andy Warhol. This is the work of artist Gerard Malanga, photolithographed onto the tiles of the pool floor. Cocktails from the bar and small plates from SHANG will feed your tastebuds while the breathtaking views of downtown Manhattan provide the most pleasing urban vista. Oh, and lots of Pretty Young Thingâ€™s to mix with.
So book your flights and confirm your place poolside. See you on the roof.