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A Sneak Peek at Vida Fitness’s Penthouse Pool Club (Pictures)

It’s time to start making friends with members of this 12,000-square-foot VIP rooftop club.

Vida Fitness's Penthouse Pool Club and Lounge on U Street features a 60-foot rooftop heated pool and views of historical monuments. Photograph by Melissa Romero.

We usually don’t condone using people to get want you want, but we’re going to make an exception here. Your mission for the summer is to become friends with a member of Vida Fitness’s Penthouse Pool Club and Lounge on U Street.

There’s no doubt the 12,000-square-foot private rooftop area with views of the Washington Monument will be the place to hang on a hot summer day, with private, shaded cabanas lining the rim and hundreds of bright red lounge chairs scattered by the pool. The 60-foot heated pool, four feet and six inches deep all around, is surrounded by synthetic grass.

The membership lounge also features communal fire pits, a grill, full food and beverage service, a bar, and tables and chairs. Walk down a stairwell on the side of the building and you’ll find another space of lounge chairs on the tanning deck.

Currently there are 1,000 members and a 300-plus waiting list. However, members can bring up to four guests each weekday and two guests on Saturdays and Sundays for $25 a guest.

The penthouse’s grand opening is tomorrow from 7 PM to midnight. Members must RSVP (and can bring guests!).

1612 U St., NW; 202-939-2577;

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