07/11/2011 12:29 pm ET Updated Sep 10, 2011

Hotel Gansevoort's Pool Shows Evidence Of Fecal Matter, City's Public Pools Are Clean

The New York Post decided to test the water at some of New York City's swimming pools and the results are sure to make a big splash.

The Meatpacking District's swanky Hotel Gansevoort's rooftop swimming hole was the ickiest around, with tests showing "coliform bacteria, which could indicate possible fecal contamination." The water "had the highest levels of 'solids' -- organic and mineral particles that shouldn't be there."

Also, and with a pun truly worthy of the Post, "There was also a high nitrate count and high sodium level -- possibly indicating some guests aren't just leaking celebrity gossip."

Hotel Gansevoort charges upwards of $700 a night for a room or $300 a day just to use the pool, gym and spa.

And how about the city's 54 free, public swimming pools that opened a couple weeks ago? They must be really dirty, right? Guess again.

Thomas Mullen, of Water Test America, told the Post that at least 5 public pools at The Crotona in The Bronx, Red Hook in Brooklyn, the Dry Dock in lower Manhattan, Astoria in Queens and Tottenville in Staten Island, all had water so clean "they nearly meet drinking-water standards.".

It's enough to make you wonder if a swimming pool in the East River isn't such a bad idea after all.