Cool down this summer at the City of Angels' hottest watering holes. A number of LA's hot spots offer day passes to their sultry spots for non-guests, but for those that don't, a sexy poolside seat is well worth the cost of a quick weekend stay.
With its nautical color theme and cozy cabanas the pool area at the London West Hollywood Hotel is one of the top spots in the city to while away the hours on a hot summer day. The 10th floor rooftop pool offers stunning 360-degree views of the city. Grab a cocktail, cool down with a chilled lavender-scented washcloth and snack on bites from Rooftop, the poolside eatery from celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. If you're really looking to spurge, shell out for one of the four cabanas. At around $275 for six hours, you'll be lounging in luxury.
Hollywood Classic, The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows
Celebrating its 100th anniversary, The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows is steeped in Hollywood history. With its classic brick deck and striped chaise lounges, the feel and look of the hotel’s pool is timelessly cool. The "Pink Palace" is home to 21 private cabanas, is surrounded by towering palm trees, and known for its five-star service.
This 1939 Art Deco hotel is typically praised for its Tamie Adaya-design interiors (the hotel went through a major renovation in 2008), but the outdoor Courtyard is deserving of some attention as well. Featuring a tiered pool area and nautical decor elements, Hotel Shangri-La has quickly become a local favorite. Weekend DJs make sure the party keeps going all summer long.
Even in climate-friendly LA there is the occasional rainy day or just those days when you want to stay indoors. But if you still want to take a dip on those days, the pool at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel is an outstanding option. Outfitted with brass railings and an Art Deco vibe, who needs the sun?