Photo courtesy of the Hollywood Roosevelt
There’s no locale more conducive to the outdoor pool than the sprawl of Los Angeles. While many Angelenos have the luxury of taking a dip in the comfort of their own backyards, hotel pools are more often than not the ideal setting for summer socializing, offering cabanas, cocktails, and parties. As pool season begins in Los Angeles, consider these hotel pools to lounge at during the day or party at for a night.
The Hollywood Roosevelt What to expect: The way to hang around the David Hockney-designed pool at this iconic LA hotel is via the Tropicana Bar. Lounge chairs are reserved for hotel guests until noon everyday, but afterwards all non-guests need to do is spend a food and drink minimum ($50 Monday – Thursday, $100 Friday – Sunday) to lounge poolside. Bar service at the Tropicana is “at the discretion of the door,” so dress accordingly. (Photo courtesy of the Hollywood Roosevelt)
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles What to expect: The small but mighty rooftop pool at the Ace Hotel is more about listening to DJ-spun tracks while sipping hipster cocktails than taking a literal swim. Upstairs, the adjoining rooftop bar, hosts pool parties and events (poolside yoga, anyone?) all summer long; check out what’s coming up on the hotel’s calendar. (Photo courtesy of Lauren Coleman)
SLS Beverly Hills What to expect: The rooftop Altitude Pool at this hip and luxurious Beverly Hills hotel offers sprawling views of Los Angeles. To get the all-star, José Andrés-catered treatment, treat yourself to a poolside cabana (small ones start at $400). (Photo courtesy of SLS Beverly Hills)
Mr. C Beverly Hills What to expect: So far, this boutique hotel near Rodeo Drive is a hidden gem as far as luxury hotels go. Lounge during the day in a cabana ($300), or wait until the sun sets for its poolside cinema program. Every other Tuesday beginning in June, the hotel screens a movie (first up on June 9 is the 1969 version of The Italian Job) and a menu of poolside-appropriate snacks and drinks. (Photo courtesy of Mr. C. Beverly Hills)
The Standard Hollywood What to expect: Wherever there’s a Standard, there’s a stellar rooftop pool situation. The downtown LA location of André Balazs hotel empire features a heated pool, waterbed pods, and lots of pool parties. Every Sunday in June, the Afternoon Delight series features a different DJ lineup for an afternoon hang. The door cover starts at $15.