To outsiders, Los Angeles may be known as the land of eternal summer, but real Angelenos know that this place has four distinct seasons — you just have to be better attuned to the subtle changes. Contrary to outsider belief, every day is definitely not a beach day here. Which is why when summer truly rolls around (meaning June gloom has made its peace with the city), it’s time to revel in the hotter temperatures and indulge in everything the summertime has to offer — hit your favorite beaches, take a dip in these magical watering holes, hike to the best nearby waterfalls and relax poolside with a tasty cocktail. Whether you’re looking to book a daycation at stylish boutique hotel or you’re just craving a few hours of sunbathing and swimming, we’ve rounded up the best hotel pools in Los Angeles to make your planning a bit easier.
1. Mondrian Los Angeles
The stylish Skybar pool at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood delivers sweeping panoramic city views, delicious cocktails and a distinctly glamorous ambiance. By day, you can soak up the sun poolside while a DJ spins cool, laid-back tracks, and by night you’ll find yourself at the center of one of LA’s buzziest nightlife scenes. Don’t be surprised if you see some topless sunbathers — it’s the only public pool in Los Angeles that allows it.
📍 West Hollywood • 8440 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
💵 Individual day passes cost $30
2. SLS Beverly Hills
Nestled in the heart of Beverly Hills lies the the SLS Hotel, an upscale oasis where you can slip away from your day-to-day routine to relax in their lavish rooftop pool. Enjoy bites from world renowned Chef Jose Andre while sipping on craft cocktails as you take in the stunning views. Day passes start at $75 with group discounts available if you rent one of the comfy cabanas for the day.
📍 Beverly Hills • 465 La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
💵 Individual day passes cost $75
3. W Hollywood
Coined the WET Deck, the rooftop pool and patio at the W Hollywood delivers breathtaking views of the city, specialty cocktails, yummy (but limited) bites and a great DJ that will most likely be playing beloved r&b throwbacks to set the vibe. Fair warning: the parking, drink and food prices are steep, even for LA standards. And if you’re planning on going during the weekend, try to get there early. Daybeds get snatched up quickly.
📍 Hollywood • 6250 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
💵 Individual day passes cost $45
4. Hotel Figueroa
While this tropical hideaway is only accessible to hotel guests, it’s worth bookmarking for a future staycation in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. The pool is flanked by a vintage fireplace that dates back to the 1920s and a gorgeous 50-year-old Euphorbia Ingens cacti that transports you to Mexico City. Nibble on savory bites and sip on hand-crafted cocktails while relaxing in the cozy lounge chairs. Hotel Figueroa as a whole is the perfect retreat from your normal LA life.
📍 Downtown Los Angeles • 939 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
💵 Hotel guests only
5. Sunset Tower Hotel
If you’re looking for a quieter, more laid-back atmosphere, head to The Sunset Tower Hotel Pool in West Hollywood for a good dose of rest and relaxation. This secluded and tranquil pool deck is perfect for burying your nose in a good book, getting some work done or just escaping the city noise for a day either alone or with a friend. Complete with beautiful views of Downtown, delicious food and tasty drinks — be sure to add this to your list of summer daycation spots.
📍 West Hollywood • 8358 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
💵 Individual day passes cost $75
6. Santa Monica Proper Hotel
Unwind and take it slow at Santa Monica Proper Hotel’s picturesque (and heated!) rooftop pool, the only rooftop pool on the Westside. Surrounded by lush greenery and offering spectacular views of both the ocean and the city, this chic sanctuary is the perfect outing for friends as they only offer group passes for their alcove seating area. Be sure to check out their Sunlit DJ Sessions where they spin all vinyl as the sun sets.
📍 700 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
💵 Poolside alcoves (which seat between 6-12 guests) start at $350
7. The London West Hollywood
The stylish pool at The London West Hollywood feels straight out of a David Hockney painting. Baby blue water, crisp white umbrellas and palm trees surrounding the outskirts combine into the classic California aesthetic. Sit back and relax with food and bar service available until 6 p.m. While this pool doesn’t offer individual day passes, it’s open to the public if you rent a poolside cabana for the day.
📍 West Hollywood • 1020 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
💵 Private cabanas starting at $650
8. The Shay
With its pastel orange umbrellas and checkered floor, the pool deck at The Shay hotel feels like the sweetest escape from hustle and bustle of the city. The ambiance here fluctuates a bit on any given day, but it definitely veers towards a more relaxed and laid-back style. This pool tends to bring a mixed crowd of families, couples and young people making it the perfect place for casual people watching. Though the pool is a bit smaller, the hot tub brings an added bonus.
📍 Culver City • 8801 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
💵 Individual day passes cost $60
9. Pendry West Hollywood
The Pendry West Hollywood‘s rooftop pool is a stylish, sophisticated space for sunbathing and taking a quick dip. This pool deck is a bit smaller compared to the others on the list, giving it a more intimate and secluded feel. The food here is some of the best on the list and the handcrafted cocktails are sinfully good. While it’s not open to the public, keep The Pendry on your lists of perfect places for an LA daycation.
📍 West Hollywood • 8430 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
💵 Hotel guests only
10. The Freehand
The Freehand hotel’s rooftop pool is located next to one of our favorite bars in the city: Broken Shaker. Order up a deliciously smoky mezcal-cocktail before getting comfy in one of the pink lounge chairs. Located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, this pool offers stunning city views — especially during golden hour. The crowd here is young and hip, and the vibe is fun and lively.
📍 Downtown Los Angeles • 416 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
💵 $65 minimum spend for non-hotel guests
11. The Garland
In the mood for a poolside movie night? The Garland is your place. This cute and comfortable pool deck hosts movie nights by the pool every Wednesday through Saturday. The mood here is definitely more kid-friendly and laid-back, making it an ideal getaway for the whole family.
📍 North Hollywood • 4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91602
💵 Guests only, book your stay here!
12. Silver Lake Pool and Inn
Eastsiders can rejoice in the cool luxury of the Silver Lake Pool and Inn, a boutique hotel and urban oasis that has a distinctly Palm Springs feel to it. While the pool is not always open to non-hotel guests, they do host a weekly event called Sunday Swim Social that is free and open to the public. Be sure to check out their Instagram to catch the next one.
📍 4141 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
💵 Free on Sundays
13. Upstairs at The Ace Hotel
No Los Angeles pool round-up is complete without the effortlessly hip Upstairs at The Ace Hotel in DTLA. This vibey rooftop lounge attracts a mix of LA creatives of all ages that always brings about a magnetic, alluring atmosphere. And although the square pool is decidedly small, it serves its purpose perfectly. Grab a hand-craft cocktail at the bar and take a refreshing dip while you rub shoulders with fascinating Angelenos.
📍 929 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015
💵 Free on a first come, first serve basis
14. The Hoxton
The ultra stylish Hoxton hotel in Downtown Los Angeles takes the cake for decor and ambiance. Described as “beachy California meets old school Hollywood glamour,” this buzzing hotspot is a daycation dream. While the rooftop pool isn’t open to the public, they do offer day-use rooms that range between $129-249 that grant full access to all the hotel’s amenities. Be sure to make a reservation at Cabra during your stay, the rooftop restaurant that specializes in Peruvian cuisine from Chef Stephanie Izard.
📍 1060 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015
💵 Day-use rooms range from $129-$249
15. The Beverly Hilton
Last but not least, the iconic Beverly Hilton is home to the equally iconic Aqua Star Pool, which is said to be the largest heated pool in Beverly Hills. This retro pool oozes Old Hollywood glamour with its cozy cabanas and old-school playlists. The staff is incredibly warm, the vibe is sharp, but not overly serious, and the cocktails are deliciously strong.
📍 9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
💵 Individual day passes cost $100