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Published December 20th 2018
The hotel pool is open to the public & you're invited
If you have wandered down Flinders Lane and caught sight of the Adelphi Hotel's swimming pool, you have probably done a double-take. It is suspended above you and juts out over the laneway a full nine storeys above.
It is a glass-bottomed, cantilevered swimming pool that extends a full two metres beyond the building's periphery. So you when you look up, you can see the swimmers doing their laps.
But what can the swimmers see? Is it scary looking down at you, the ant-sized pedestrians and the Matchbox traffic? Do the swimmers get vertigo?
Well, here is your chance to find out as you too can be 'in the swim'. Ever since the pool was renovated late in 2017, it has been open to the public. It means you can swim there without having to be a hotel guest.
Styled by Gloss Creative, the Miami style pool design from the 90s remains but there is now increased lounging capacity
The heated pool is a toasty 25-degrees through winter, while a 5×5 metre parasol provides shady relief in the heat. In Melbourne, even in summer, you never know what it will be but in any case, they have you covered.
There are pastel-brushed cushions, coastal white deck chairs and potted palm trees.
You don't have to book access to this iconic pool and deck: the space is open to the public year-round for $35 per person, which includes towel hire and all day access.
You can mingle with the hotel guests who are also welcome to enjoy the pool and deck during their stay.
There's no permanent bar at this sky-high pool, but the famous Om Nom Kitchen dishes up a nibble-friendly, grazing rooftop menu and drinks list.
For another great Melbourne rooftop pool opening to the public, check out the Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders. It will open for its first event in January 2019, so let's hope there are many more such events. I'll provide a link to their first opening below.
If any other hotel pools are opening up to the public for summer, let us know, as its such a great initiative sharing such resources with the general public. Or as one satirist once referred to us as: 'the great unwashed.'