The Best Pools For Lounging In Los Angeles
It's hot again, which means it's pool party season—a thing that seems to be in full effect this year despite the drought. Los Angeles is rife with places to sip a mai tai while reading a book in the sun, or dine poolside while taking in a panoramic view. Here are a list of pools and parties you can enjoy without flashing a hotel key card. As many of our choices host lots of events, we advise that you call ahead before packing your sunscreen, just to make sure there isn't a private event or a dress code.
You can rent a cabana at The Viceroy in Santa Monica for some solid lounging time with friends. Cabana service comes with a carafe of sangrias, mimosa or Peruvian Pisco Punch, plus amenities like towels, sunscreen, water, wifi, power outlets and access to a TV. You can fit six to 12 people, depending on which cabana you choose, which can greatly offset the cost of $500 for four hours or $800 for eight hours. If you're the host of the party, you'll also get a pair of TOMS Traveler sunglasses.
The Viceroy. 1819 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica.
This downtown hotel will soon be getting some major renovations, but we appreciate the charm of their pool area right now. Walk through the lobby and you'll find a back bar and patio that opens out to the coffin-shaped pool. Don't let the macabre shape dissuade you. The pool is big and warm, and there's a little hot tub too. Sundays, the hotel serves a poolside brunch, and you might be able to stick around for one of the hotel's many parties, like Wavey. Some of these parties have a cover (Wavey is $10), so call ahead to check and see if you'll need cash. It's not uncommon for them to roll out a taco cart, either, if you get peckish.
Hotel Figueroa. 939 S Figueroa St., DTLA
Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
You can get a pool with a view at the hotel's Wolfgang Puck 24 Rooftop Patio. It's on the 26th floor and though the pool is closed for swimming at night, it is pretty and great for relaxing. They fire up the grill on Fridays and Saturdays between July 10 and September 5. Access this scenic spot by making a reservation, then enjoy fresh cocktails and Asian small bites. They recommend the Roasted Kurobuta Pork Bahn Mi ($11) and the Grilled Prawns ($17). See the complete menu here.
Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles. 900 W Olympic Blvd, DTLA. (213) 743-8800.
The Hollywood Roosevelt's Tropicana Bar can be a relaxing spot to hang out during the day, though the parties at night can get packed. Dayside, you can drop by and take a swim so long as each person spends $25 on food and/or drinks. There's a small, but efficient food menu and a long list of refreshing cocktails. It's a bit pricy, so you shouldn't have a problem meeting your limit. (Though you could hit up the Library Bar inside and get a $5 draft during happy hour.) On Tuesdays, the hotel hosts Nightswim which features pop-up shops, guests musician, giant inflatable pool toys, the occasional celebrity and a full house.
Tropicana Bar, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Open daily 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
The Ace Hotel has a tiny pool that's really more like a hot tub, but there's plenty going on in the rooftop bar. It has a small selection of food, patio-style seating overlooking the city and a daily frozen drink on tap. There are also plenty of events and guests DJs. Their cocktail menu features a number of craft cocktails, plus they've got a solid selection of local and craft beers. They do karaoke every first and third Sunday, and we hear the book has a lot of interesting and hard-to-find choices.
The Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, DTLA. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
The Skybar at WeHo's Mondrian Hotel is a rooftop bar with plenty of lounge seating and a sweeping view. The swankier parties at night are not always conducive to swimming, but they do have plenty of pool parties—like Wicked Paradise—for those lucky enough to snag an invite. Check here for all events, DJ information and how to RSVP.
Skybar, 8440 Sunset Blvd., WeHo. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Farmer's Daughter Hotel
The trick to accessing this pool is to jump in fully dressed. There's a secret deal for those brunching at the adjacent Tart restaurant: if you'll jump into the pool, you'll not only get to cool off, but the price of your entree will be chopped in half. To get the discount, you have to jump in with your clothes and shoes on. Of course, if it's warm enough, splashing around with the giant rubber duckies that float around this kitschy pool should be an acceptable way to cool down before heading out. The hotel's pool is otherwise open only to guests.
Farmer's Daughter Hotel, 115 Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. Sunday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to midnight; Friday & Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Mr. C Hotel
Typically only open to hotel guests, this Beverly Hills hotel does open up their pool deck on every other Tuesday throughout the summer for dinner and a movie. You can lounge around on the hotel's new deck furniture and order off the restaurant's Italian menu, snack on their Caprese-style popcorn, sip a draft Peroni Nastro Azzuro, or order a craft cocktail like the Arbusto with Avion Blanco tequila, grapefruit shrub, ginger and Demerar syrup, lime and ginger ale. Seating is first-come, first-serve.
Here's the lineup: June 23, The Devil Wears Prada; July 7, Casablanca; July 21, Catch Me If You Can; August 4, Pretty Woman; August 18, Midnight in Paris; September 1, The Italian Job (1969).
Mr. C Hotel, 1224 Beverwil Dr., Beverly Hills.
The Standard, DTLA
There are two Standard Hotels in L.A., one in WeHo and one downtown. Downtown's pool features an astroturf deck, mod furniture, a small, heated pool, gorgeous views and a topiary. There's also a biergarten and no shortage of events. Weekdays, you can hang out from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. On the weekends, it's hotel guests only unless you're on a promoter's guest list during the day, then there's a $20 cover from 8 p.m. until close. The guest list to be on is for the sexy Afternoon Delight, a monthly Miami-originated party. You can subscribe to Standard events on Facebook if you want to stay in the know.
The Standard, 550 S. Flower St., DTLA. Daily, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.; restrictions apply to non-hotel guests.
The Standard, Hollywood
This hotel is a lot like its downtown sibling, but the Astroturf here is blue. This big, heated pool offers walk up service, and the deck area has ping pong tables and plenty of seating. There's also a 24-hour diner inside the hotel with a full bar. The pool is open to non-hotel guests until midnight during the week and 2 a.m. on weekends, but you'll need to order food or drinks. Also, be sure to check the website and Facebook for events, as they have plenty.
The Standard Hollywood, 8300 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Monday through Friday, noon to midnight, Saturday & Sunday, noon to 2 a.m.
This pleasant poolside lounge is on the sixth floor of Beverly Hills Hotel Wilshire. It offers a view from any seat around its small pool, though you can also dodge the sun in the lounge or try for a coveted seat near the firepit. Their kitchen is run by celebrity chef Eric Greenspan, and they've got a great happy hour. Weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m., you can snag a craft cocktail for only $7. Our favorite is the Bourbon Smash: Bourbon, fresh lemon juice, honey, raspberries. They also do brunch.
The Roof on Wilshire, 6317 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Open Sunday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.
There's one trick to scoring a dip in this beautiful salt water pool at one of Beverly Hills' fanciest hotels, and that's treating yourself. Book a spa service, and if space is available, you'll be allowed to enjoy the pool area on weekdays. Montage also has a great happy hour at Scarpetta from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The menu includes $4 wines and $8 craft cocktails.
The Montage, 225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Sportsmens Lodge
This Valley hotel offers a nice, big pool and a Jacuzzi, and it's open year round. The pool at the Sportsmens Lodge is free to guests, but non-guests can get in, too, for a $20 fee. You can order a pitcher of booze—like a pitcher of mojito for $38 or Sangria for $35—and grub off their simple food menu featuring items like tacos, sliders, hot dogs, ceviche and wings.
The Sportsman Lodge. 12833 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. Open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily; the bar opens at 11 a.m.
The Marina Del Rey Hotel
The Marina Del Rey Hotel has a weekend pool party appropriately named 'Sunday Funday.' From 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays, you can check out the hotel's infinity pool, order summer cocktails from the poolside bar and dine on food some SALT—like Baja Fish Tacos, Oysters, and bacon-wrapped hot dogs. They also serve popsicles! The pool overlooks the marina, so you'll be able to yacht watch while enjoying beats from DJ Sleeper.
The Marina Del Rey Hotel. 13534 Bali Way, Marina Del Rey. Sundays, 1 to 6 p.m.