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So Cal is the land of sunshine and blue skies, so it makes sense that Los Angeles boasts some of the very best pools in the nation. While some pools require a hotel stay (or a borrowed key) to experience, some are open to all and host regular parties throughout the summer months.
Which Los Angeles pool fits your summer style? Here are some of the best places in the city to dip, sip, splash, sun and swim.
The Standard Hotel – Located on the rooftop of the Standard Hotel downtown, this happening pool and party spot provides an iconic LA experience: beautiful people working on their tans, a heated pool surrounded by skyscrapers, fancy fruit cocktails and of course: vibrating waterbed pods. Sip a margarita by the cozy fireplaces, chill out on the red Astroturf by the unicorn-shaped topiary, or pull out a lounge chair and just relax. On Sundays you will find DJs spinning for a wet and wild crowd; at other times, entry to the rooftop and pool area is free!
Beverly Hills Hotel – The one-time hangout of Elizabeth Taylor and Katharine Hepburn, this swanky and discrete pool oasis known as the “Pink Palace” features stylish striped lounge chairs and private cabanas next to the water. One of the biggest wet spots on our list, this pool is the epitome of luxury, with underwater music, frozen towels provided on command and even your personal sunglasses-cleaner.
Palm Terrace – It’s the best of both worlds at the Palm Terrace of the Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica, where the pool just a few steps from the ocean. Palm trees surround this sunny terrace with its hot tub and granite-lined pool. Enjoy the view of the Pacific from the 5th floor lounge area, book a poolside message in one of the private luxury cabanas, or dine al fresco under the stars surrounded by lush landscaping.
WET – Westsiders will enjoy the luxurious pool and lounge area at the W Hotel in Westwood, known appropriately as WET. Tropical botanicals, cozy cabanas and a trickling waterfall set the scene, which is filled in by fruity cocktails and nibbles from The Backyard Restaurant next door. Splash down in the heated pool or for an truly relaxing experience, sign up for poolside massage from the W’s award-winning Bliss Spa.
Drai’s Hollywood – Found on top of the W Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard, Drai’s is a top-notch party spot for the young, the beautiful, and the scantily clad. Like an exotic penthouse garden, the pool is lined on one side with Moroccan-style cabanas and comfy daybeds on the other. Opened just last summer, this recent addition to the local pool scene continues to attract a hot and trendy crowd; find out about weekly party announcements on Drai’s Facebook page.
The Viceroy – Not one but two pools await you at The Viceroy in Santa Monica, and so does a sexy, upscale scene. Locals and tourists alike can be found lounging poolside or ordering signature cocktails at the Cameo bar, which gets quite lively on the weekends. For a real treat or to impress a date, reserve a cabana and enjoy dinner and drinks in your private, poolside world.
Mondrian Hotel – West Hollywood’s favorite place for a dip is the Sky Bar pool, located on top of the Mondrian Hotel and boasting a broad panoramic view of Los Angeles. Set flush to the teak wood deck, the pool and surrounding area also offer fantastic people-watching amidst the lush trees, flowering vines and flickering lanterns that turn on at dusk.
Luxe Hotel – The heated outdoor pool at this boutique, Bel Air hotel on Sunset Boulevard offers a feeling of secluded isolation and an air of elegance and glamour. With modern decor, a minimalist aesthetic and a trendy crowd, the Luxe Hotel pool is a good choice for a chilled-out Sunday afternoon sun tanning session with the ladies.
Shangri-La – Just steps from the beach in Santa Monica, the art deco Shangri-La hotel has a small but useful pool, surrounded by snazzy private cabanas and lounge chairs. Fire pits and hand-crafted cocktails will keep you warm from the cool ocean breeze, and when the evening falls – head up top to the rooftop bar for an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica Pier.
Tropicana Pool – For a lively and fun pool party experience, head to the Roosevelt Hotel, smack in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard. Palm trees and So Cal sunshine provide the backdrop at this verdant oasis, which despite its older age, still draws a young crowd looking to get wet and wild.
Four Seasons Beverly Hills – Recently refurbished, the pool area at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills is a high-end experience suited to the five-star customer. Alfresco dining, a relaxing whirlpool and new terrace set the luxurious scene, and the large pool has plenty of room for swimming laps or just hanging out.