There’s no shortage of amazing hotels across the country, but some hotels have a superior quality of certain amenities as compared to others. There are hotels that are known for their fantastic restaurants, whereas others are known for their all-inclusive packages. However, one amenity in particular can really help a hotel garner some serious fame and eager guests: pools.
While some hotels and resorts are lauded for their prime location on one of the world’s best beaches, a hotel doesn’t need a beach to have you eagerly packing your bathing suit in anticipation. Hotels know how to make things grand, and when it comes to pools, you’ll find that hotels often have the ability to maintain a swimming experience that makes them just as much of an attraction as the city you’re staying in. A pool with a beautiful view or amazing waterslides and activities can make your hotel stay much more fun, and great poolside service can make your stay feel much more luxurious. Whether it’s due to amazing architecture, impressive guest service, fun-filled activities, or even just a gorgeous location, these 30 hotel pools are the best in America.
The Beach at Dream Downtown/Yelp
The Beach, a rooftop pool at Dream Downtown in Manhattan, is as relaxing as its name implies. On the 5,000-square-foot deck, you’ll find an 800-square-foot area of imported sand, as well as chaise lounges inspired by France’s Côte d’Azur and two private cabanas. The most impressive part of the pool area, however, is the glass bottom of the pool itself, which allows you to look straight down into the lobby. After 12 p.m., guests must be 21 years or old to enjoy The Beach, which also includes a live DJ for you to enjoy as you drink a 10-pound Moscow mule or any of the delicious snacks or drinks from the bar and grill.
Miami Biltmore Hotel/Yelp
The famous pool at The Biltmore Hotel was once the largest pool in the world, measuring at 23,000 square feet. In order to enjoy this iconic pool, you must rent one of nine private cabanas. A deluxe cabana includes a flatscreen TV, two chaise lounges, a love seat, and a table, whereas a cabana suite includes all of those as well as two additional chase lounges, a dining table, and a pool bed for two. With a poolside cabana, you’re also treated to poolside service and a menu of lunch and cocktail options, as well as spa services.
Home to the best day spa in New Jersey, Crystal Springs Resort also has a stunning, 10,000-square-foot indoor pool complex designed to give the effect of an outdoor pool year round. The complex was built with advanced German Foiltec roofing material that allows almost 100 percent light transmission into the complex, and a retractable roof furthers the effect. In addition to a heated indoor and outdoor freeform pool surrounded by beautiful tropical plants, the Biosphere Pool Complex includes a 140-foot waterslide, Jacuzzi, and underground aquarium, as well as a steam room and sauna designed to look like a cave.
In addition to some of the best room service in the city, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has three distinct and amazing pools with fantastic views of the Las Vegas strip. The best of the three, however, is the Boulevard Pool which has two decks, a walk-up bar, and a recreation area with foosball, billiards, and other games, as well as a lounge chairs and day beds that you can even lounge on in the pool. Boulevard Pool is known for its live musical performances as well as “Dive-In Movie” events, during which you can swim or lounge as you enjoy snacks and cocktails while watching films on a huge screen.
Over a million hand-laid and hand-cut glass mosaic tiles make up the bottom of the circular Coliseum Pool, the crown jewel of The Resort at Pelican Hill in California’s Newport Beach. With a diameter of 136 feet and 380,000 gallons of water, it’s one of the largest circular pools in the world. Relax in a lounge chair or a private, suite-like cabana as you’re served drinks, food, and towels by poolside attendants among amazing classic architecture full of columns and vaulted arches.
The Cromwell Las Vegas Resort & Casino/Yelp
Located on the rooftop of The Cromwell, Drai’s Beachclub is a popular venue that enforces a strict dress code calling for “fashionable beachclub attire,” and all guests must be at least 21 years of age to enjoy the club’s eight luxury pools, two bars, and live DJ. Palm trees 35 feet tall and 40 poolside beds surround Vegas’ only rooftop pool deck, and guests can also rent out one of 15 luxury cabanas, which even include private bathrooms fully equipped with showers, or 10 bungalows which include private spas.
Orlando World Center Marriott/Yelp
Falls Pool Oasis is an outdoor pool complex at Orlando World Center Marriott that includes four heated indoor and outdoor pools, as well as a waterslide tower that has two 200-foot winding waterslides and a 90-foot speed slide. If that isn’t enough for the kids, they even have their own separate zero-entry pool that includes an activities center and water toys. In addition to other games, arts, and crafts offered in the complex, there’s also live poolside music from Thursday thru Saturday, as well as a poolside laser light show every night. Guests can also take part in salsa and aqua Zumba lessons or enjoy some food and drink at the Falls Pool Bar & Grill, making this hotel a great place to stay when visiting Walt Disney World.
The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center/Yelp
Only open in the spring and summer, The Woodlands Resort’s Forest Oasis Lazy River & Water Park is a fun-filled water experience for the whole family. While the beautiful lazy river, running through a path surrounded by greenery, is wonderfully relaxing, as is the seasonally heated lagoon-style relaxation pool, the star of the show is the main recreation pool, which has a 30-foot tower with a double-helix waterslide, waterfalls, beautiful murals, and underwater music.
Foxtail Pool Club/Yelp
A resort-style pool with an events space that has regular programmed and private events both during the day and at night, SLS Las Vegas’s Foxtail Pool is a wonderful place to lounge and have fun. Have some great cocktails at the bar in the center of the pool as well as some delicious food, and enjoy live entertainment or DJs on the weekends. In addition to open seating on poolside lounge chairs, you can also reserve a private cabana with comfortable couches and great service.
Glenwood Hot Springs Resort is home to the largest hot springs pool in the world, open all year for you to enjoy. Enjoy a nice, warm temperature of 90 to 93 degrees Fahrenheit in the main pool, which contains over a million gallons of water, and 104 degrees in the hot tub-like Therapy Pool. The main pool also has a lap lane and diving area, and if you come in the summer, you can enjoy waterslides, a kiddie pool, and cabana rentals as well.
Located near Charlottesville, Keswick Hall & Golf Club is a beautiful getaway that has three pools, the most stunning of which is its Horizon Pool. This adults-only infinity pool is heated and contains saltwater, also giving guests gorgeous views of the surrounding grounds. If that isn’t enough to relax you, the pool also has underwater music to enhance your experience. Currently undergoing construction, it should be noted that Keswick Hall will reopen in 2019.
Sheraton Waikiki is the kind of hotel that’s so fun, you might not want to leave — and one of the reasons is its amazing pools, the best of which is their Infinity Edge pool. Located right on Waikiki Beach and just a few feet above sea level, the infinity pool is situated so that it seems to merge into the ocean, creating a jaw-droppingly beautiful effect. It also has a fantastic swim-up bar called Edge of Waikiki, as well as luxury cabanas and chaise lounge chairs for you to rent.
If you’re ever looking to spend a weekend in the Jackson Hole region, Amangani is a stunning resort with an even more stunning outdoor heated pool. Located 7,000 feet above sea level, 115-foot infinity pool has a breathtaking view of the surrounding wilderness, and also has a large Jacuzzi located right next to it.
A private country club and luxury golf resort situated on top of a Colorado mesa, The Club and Retreat at Garden of the Gods has a stunning location that guests can truly appreciate while relaxing in their heated outdoor infinity pool. Surrounded by mountains and red rock formations, you can swim and enjoy the best of Colorado’s natural landscape at the same time.
Garden of the Gods/Yelp
One of America’s best kid-friendly hotels, Four Seasons Hotel Seattle is home to the city’s only infinity hotel pool. The heated outdoor pool, located four stories up, is open year-round and has poolside service which includes chilled towers, and complimentary frozen treats and water. Enjoy a cabana or poolside lounge and umbrella as well as food and drinks from the poolside bar and grill.
The heated rooftop pool at The Joule, a beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of Dallas, juts out eight feet over the edge of the hotel, making for a stunning sight and a great way to enjoy the city. Only open during the spring and summer months, there are bungalows and sunbeds for you to relax in if the glass front of the pool kicks up your fear of heights too much.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai has not one, but seven, impressive pools to choose from but the king of them all is King’s Pool, which contains 1.8 million gallons of fresh and ocean water and is referred to as an “aquarium” on account of the over 4,000 tropical fish swimming along with you inside it, including a spotted eagle ray. Guests can rent snorkeling equipment and take part in activities such as snorkeling lessons, fish and ray feedings, sand castle building, and more. You can also just relax by the pool, take advantage of the food and beverage service, or take to the whirlpool next to it.
Yet another Manhattan pool evoking the aesthetic of the French Côte d’Azur, La Piscine at Baccarat Hotel has beautifully minimalistic look and peaceful atmosphere. The indoor heated pool has a checkered floor and is surrounded by cabanas white with beds. If that’s not luxurious enough, guests are also offered towels scented with Baccarat Rouge 540.
Las Vegas’s Hard Rock Hotel has three great pools, but Nirvana Pool is the one that makes the list thanks to the fact that it’s open for all ages and has a sand bottom so that you can dig your toes in just like you’re at the beach. Comfortable lounge seating and personal poolside attendants ready to serve you food and drinks make the experience even more relaxing.
At Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa, the entire family can enjoy a pool that features a giant pirate shipwreck which has water cannons and a water slide. Waterfalls, whirlpool hot tubs, and hammocks and lounge chairs around the pool add an element of relaxation, and the poolside tiki bar also has plenty of cocktails and snacks for guests to enjoy.
Enjoy the underrated Texas Hill Country with a stay at JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa where you can enjoy the River Bluff Water Experience which has a variety of pools, as well as a 1,110-foot lazy river that takes up nine acres of land. Open as long as the weather is warmer than 50 degrees Fahrenheit, the complex also includes water slides, a 650-foot rapid river ride, and a more peaceful adults-only pool in addition to the children’s and activity pools.
Mondrian Los Angeles Hotel/Yelp
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ Sonoran Splash Pool is just one of the hotel’s six pools, but it alone takes up 6,000 square feet. With two winding 200-foot water slides and play areas for smaller children that include beach toys and sandboxes, it has something for everyone as well as pool experience coordinators who are ready to help you rent out a cabana or order some delicious poolside fare to enjoy.
Golden Nugget’s $30 million pool is an award-winning wonder that has three stories and tons of accolades. Fly down the waterslide from 30 feet up in the air or relax in the pool’s waterfalls. The absolutely amazing structure includes a 200,000-gallon shark tank aquarium in the middle, as well as 17 private cabanas and plenty of lounge chairs around it where you can enjoy a drink from the H2O bar.
Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino/Yelp
Another place with great service, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas has an entire collection of pools that make up what is known as the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis. The crown gem of the complex, however, is the iconic Temple Pool. The round pool is perfect for families, with beautifully sculpted steps leading up to a majestic rotunda in the middle under which stands an impressive statue of Caesar himself.
Hannah C. R./Yelp
Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa/Yelp
Home to one of America’s best family-friendly restaurants, Aulani is also home to Waikolohe Pool, a family-friendly pool that measures at 8,200 square feet. The largest pool at this Oahu resort, Waikolohe is a great place to lounge, swim, or float around, as well as take a ride down Volcanic Vertical, its tunnel body slide, and hang out with their favorite Disney characters. This zero-entry heated pool hosts plenty of parties that include dancing, games, and music, and the palm trees and earthy vibe make it the ultimate tropical getaway.
If you’re taking a trip to Maui, a great spot to stay is Grand Wailea, a Waldof Astoria Resort. The beachfront property is itself a family-friendly attraction thanks to its Wailea Canyon Activity Pool, a complex of nine individual pools that make up a 25,700-square-foot area with 770,000 gallons of water. Spread out over six levels, the pools — which include four jungle pools, an infant pool, and a Tarzan pool with a rope swing — are connected by a lazy river. Wailea Canyon also has a swim-up bar, caves, five intertwining slides, a sand beach, six waterfalls, three Jacuzzis, a whitewater rapids slide, and the world’s first water elevator — a structure that uses water to push guests up to the top of the slides.
W Atlanta Downtown is home to the only all-weather rooftop pool (and pool bar) in the great city of Atlanta, and it’s a pool that gives you a beautifully panoramic view of that city as well. At WET Deck, you can enjoy one of WETBAR’s signature cocktails and enjoy a plunge in the partially covered zero-edge pool or take part in one of the weekend events throughout the summer. Lounge on a luxurious-looking poolside chair with attendants serving all your needs regarding food and drink, as well as fun through poolside games.
Referred to as “The Ultra Pool at MGM Grand,” Wet Republic consists of over 6,000 square feet of pool area, all containing saltwater, with a DJ booth featuring an impressive 1,200-square-foot LED wall overhead and weekly events with top DJ talents. A calming white and blue color scheme throughout the pool area and the open-air covered lounge really gives off a vibe of luxury, as does a menu full of signature cocktails, premium bottle and pitcher service, and fantastic food. Before you rush to check in to enjoy these fantastic pools, however, make sure you know the right tricks for saving money on your hotel room.
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