10 Great Places for PoolSide Fun

When you’re in DTLA, you don’t need a perfect body to enjoy the sun, just a few signature cocktails and maybe a couple of friends. Our amazing poolside action gives you more than just one reason to come soak up the sun. Here’s our poolside picks that promise to keep you hot and wet all summer.

Ace Hotel

Ace Hotel is arguably the most popular rooftop destination downtown. The pool area offers a social atmosphere more than actual pool space, which is limited. Folks come for a cocktail or for work space at The Upstairs Bar, which offers stunning views of Downtown. The pool space also hosts plenty of DJs, pool parties, yoga classes and pop-up shops. Check out the Ace Hotel Events Calendar for upcoming events. http://www.acehotel.com/calendar/losangeles

The Standard

The Rooftop at The Standard is the quintessential LA pool scene. Available to the public, the rooftop boasts city views near a heated pool, the “see-and-be-seen” atmosphere that renders excellent Instagram posts, as well as a dance floor and nightly DJ sets. Through the summer, The Standard will also partner with Smorgasburg and offer Banh Oui Pop-Up on The Rooftop, Monday through Friday from noon to 7pm. http://www.standardhotels.com/la/features/rooftop

The Hotel Figueroa

If your priority is a variety of beverage options, then Hotel Figueroa is your best bet. With a smaller pool and hot tub, the vibrant setting works harmoniously with the excellent service offered at the Veranda Bar, one of five bars within the hotel, each with a unique beverage menu of handcrafted drinks made only from fresh ingredients. http://hotelfigueroa.com/

InterContinental Hotel, The Wilshire Grand

InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel is located within the Wilshire Grand building, the illuminated recent addition to the Downtown skyline. Though only available to hotel guests, the 7th floor, “cabana-lined” pool deck offers a hot tub, fire pits, a full service poolside bar and restaurant, as well as a children’s area. http://dtla.intercontinental.com/services/

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Pool

Though technically not a rooftop pool, the Millennium Biltmore Hotel is historic-culture landmark, regarded as one of the most gorgeous hotels in Los Angeles. The Roman-style indoor pool features beautifully-tiled columns and gilded designs that harken back to the golden age of Hollywood glamour, perfect for hotel guests looking to avoid LA sun exposure. https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/los-angeles/

Hotel Indigo

Open to the public, the Hotel Indigo fourth-floor pool deck is modest, family-friendly, and near the recently-opened Metropole Bar + Kitchen. The casual, “modern yet relaxed” dining experience includes hand crafted cocktails, draft beers from local breweries, and an impressive brunch menu. https://www.ihg.com/hotelindigo/hotels/us/en/los-angeles/laxfs/hoteldetail

Freehand Hotel

The Freehand Hotel celebrated the soft opening of it’s rooftop pool earlier this week. The official opening happens September 1st, at which point the pool will become available to the public. The pool bar, Broken Shaker, will offer an eclectic full drink menu with locally sourced ingredients. https://freehandhotels.com/los-angeles/

JW Marriott L.A. LIVE

With a laid-back ambiance, lounge areas, and heated pool, the JW Marriott Hotel pool is a relaxing alternative to more heavily-trafficked pool destinations downtown. The pool itself rests on top of the fourth floor of the hotel, and within arm’s reach of the myriad attractions found in the L.A. Live area. http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/laxjw-jw-marriott-los-angeles-la-live/

Watermarke Towers

Though only open to residents and their guests, the Watermarke Towers pool offers all the necessary amenities for a summer soirée: a hot tub, lounge seating, BBQ area, a basement lounge, and plenty of space to entertain guests. http://watermarketower.com/

Eastern Columbia Building

Though the pool is only available to residents of the building, the Art-deco Eastern Columbia Building is an iconic Los Angeles landmark. If you have friends living in the building, it’s worth inviting yourself over for access to their pool deck. Beneath the north-facing clock, a secluded rooftop area includes private lounge corners and panoramic views of the city. http://www.easterncolumbiahoa.com/