The weather in Los Angeles varies because of how large the city is but it's generally pleasant. That perpetually nice weather means it's always a good time to go for a swim or to sunbathe by a pool. Dive into these 14 amazing hotel pools to make the most of Los Angeles’ nearly endless summer.
Swim laps over priceless pop art, which David Hockney painted with a mop and blue paint in 1988 and was painstakingly restored in 2019. That underwater mural wasn’t Tropicana Pool’s only brush with fame. A bikini-clad Marilyn Monroe posed under its 230 palm trees in the ‘50s. Seasonal programming includes pop-up vintage shops, movie screenings, yoga classes on the bridge, and DJ parties.
Why settle for one saltwater pool with ocean views when you can have four? The Palos Verdes Peninsula resort’s main pool has lawn games and a 140-foot waterslide. Another is teaming with teens. Two are reserved for adults only including Cielo Point, which transforms into a den of dancing on Saturdays and Sundays with bottle service, live entertainment, and star-gazing. Everyone’s invited although guests pay a lower cover.
The life aquatic at this top-shelf hotel is in the hands of designer Philippe Starck, who added whimsical social media moments like a life-size pig sculpture in the shallow end and oversized frames through which sunbathers can peep. Chef José Andrés, brings inventive Spanish fare — including ceviche, octopus tacos, and croquetas — to the Altitude pool. Anyone can sip wine and hold high tea under a pink chandelier in the newest addition, Rosé Cabana.
Live the sweet life at this Mediterranean-style oasis modeled after the pool at Sophia Loren’s private villa in Italy. Take a break from the busy Wilshire Boulevard to soak in the big whirlpool bath while eating lemon ricotta pancakes in peace. Attendants circle hourly to dole out fruit skewers, chocolate-covered strawberries, and sunglasses cleanings. Fuchsia bougainvillea pops against turquoise tiled daybed alcoves. Cabanas, which come with a bottle of bubbly, and daybeds can be rented by non-guests. Pool use also comes complimentary with 60 minute-plus spa treatment purchases.
Hop aboard a giant inflatable pelican and gaze up at palm trees or out at extravagant yachts and lazy sea lions in North America's largest manmade harbor from the heated infinity pool. Weekly sunset parties with live bands and craft cocktails happen all summer as do 21-and-over Sunday Funday DJ events. The parties are free for guests; $5 for anyone else.
Christened by Esther Williams on its 1955 opening night and the scene of Angelina Jolie’s splashy Golden Globe celebration, Aqua Star Pool is the largest heated pool in Beverly Hills. Styled by celebrity designer Estee Stanley, guests can enjoy deep-end delights like food from CIRCA 55, logo rafts, and live entertainment. Reserve relaxation time without a room by getting a service at their new wellness facility, Upgrade Labs.
This guests-only Pasadena pool is an oldie but goodie. When built in 1926, it was Southern California’s first Olympic-sized pool. It used to extend under the nearby bridge, but was shortened because local youth would sneak on property and jump from the structure. The present day experience includes amenities like complimentary frozen fruit and chilled lavender towels every two hours.
It's only fitting for a 73-story high-rise with 889 rooms to have a huge open-air pool compound. Particularly striking as downtown’s lights blink to life, there’s a wide-variety of amenities (clean bathrooms, articulating sun shades) and comfortable seating including bucket seats encircling fire pits, private cabana beds, and orange stools at the cleverly named No Dive Bar. There’s a sauna, steam room, and separate children’s area.
Another rooftop gem found in the heart of Hollywood, this playground includes The Highlight Room bar, a grill with spectacular vistas of the Hollywood sign, and a retractable pool. The only one of its kind in the U.S., it transforms into a dance floor with the push of a button. Plan in advance to party with DJs at the Sunday Dayclub as the chaises and six cabanas go fast.
Jump into the waters down the street from UCLA in Westwood after working up a sweat with the free poolside Sunday fitness classes held June through September and hosted by companies like Pure Barre, Knockout and ModelFit. Reward yourself with a drink from the adorable airstream bar. WET deck also sponsors retail pop-ups in a chic cabana tricked out by designer Trina Turk and it does collaborations with cool brands like Funboy floaties.
Three words: popsicle hotline and magicians. Guests lift the receiver of the poolside telephone and within minutes a white-gloved attendant delivers free frozen treats. The affordable Hollywood property also flips on the soft-serve machine daily and features magic shows during the alfresco breakfast three days a week. Included laundry service means never having to pack wetsuits.
This high-end hotel’s rooftop pool was recently refreshed; they added lovely shades of cobalt and powder to outdoor furniture, towels, and 12 private cabanas. Another cabana is reserved for quick spa treatments including pedicures and reflexology. Non-guests can take a dip in the 60-foot heated pool or the hot tub when they book an evening weekday appointment at the spa, which itself recently underwent an extensive renovation that added a Himalayan salt wall and other enhancements.
Spend the dog days of summer at this saltwater spot off the Sunset Strip where British glam meets classy California. The English garden plus palm trees aesthetic is complemented by a living wall, 360-degree panoramas, bulldog art featuring London and L.A. landmarks, a water fountain, and turf patches. The perfect day up there includes burgers from the adjacent restaurant, free popsicles, and a visit from the resident puppy.
There’s nothing creepy about the coffin-shaped pool and cactus-heavy patio scene at the recently reimagined downtown hotel. Indulge in coastal-inspired cocktails in front of the 12-story floral façade or the fireplace.