Boston bakes in the summer. One place to chill out is the Colonnade Hotel’s rooftop pool. I hung out there a few years ago and found it pretty relaxing (and with a great view 12 stories above the city). But it’s just gotten better, they say, after a transformation that has added billowing white cabanas available for private rental, chic lounge seating, plantings and bamboo flooring, and a new 12-seat, full-service bar. The pool has also increased accessibility to locals and visitors by boosting hours until 10 p.m., with no cover, starting at 5 p.m. on weekdays.
Colonnade's executive chef has introduced a new pool menu with dishes like crab timbale, chilled Yucatan volcano shrimp, and spicy rubbed swordfish sword tacos. Boston’s Regina Pizzeria pies are also served at the pool, the signature offering of the hotel.
New this summer, for those inclined to rise early to stretch, is the city’s only roof-top yoga, with a weekly morning practice taught by Rebecca Pacheco on Wednesdays from 7-8 a.m. The price is $15 per class or $30 per class and a pool day pass.
If you’re a selfie enthusiast, anyone visiting the pool and tagging @colonnade in a photo with the hashtag #RTPlife on Twitter gets entered into a contest to rack up a free weekday pass, chosen every Monday based on the best photo from the previous week.
Entry to the pool is free for guests, and for others costs $40 per day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. From 5-10 p.m., it’s open to all. On Saturday and Sunday, the pool is open to hotel guests only.
For more info, visit www.colonnadehotel.com