Cool off in 14 of L.A.’s hottest pools with day passes
Summer temperatures in Southern California are rising. Thankfully L.A. is brimming with phenomenal hotel pools, and you don’t have to spend $1,000 a night to take a dip. Instead, buy a day pass — one of the closest things to vacation you can find without actually traveling anywhere.
For as little as $20, you receive access to pools and other hotel amenities. Some less expensive day passes include Andaz West Hollywood, while day-pass prices can climb to $100 at hotels such as the Beverly Hilton.
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Spend a day lounging beside a posh pool, drinking margaritas and nibbling on fish tacos while palm trees sway overhead, then return home — all without paying a room charge.
Some of the most popular day-pass bargains can be found at rooftop pools that overlook Los Angeles, with spectacular views from the Hollywood Hills to the Pacific Ocean. You can grab a lounge chair and while away the day by yourself, or visit with friends and splurge on a cabana, which may set you back $500.
You can access deals through sites such as ResortPass and Daycation, but other companies also advertise day passes. While some hotels handle their own day-pass reservations, many use third-party services. Resort Pass, which is located in Los Angeles, tends to have more local options than Daycation.
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Day-pass programs are a relatively new market, with several hotels in their first few years. Shalesha Kennedy, front office manager of Long Beach’s Hyatt Centric the Pike, said that locals would constantly come in and ask to visit the pool prior to the day-pass program.
“It felt so bad having to turn them down, but at the same time, we want to make sure our guests can enjoy it too,” Kennedy said, adding that a limited amount of day passes allows crowd control while boosting accessibility. “We get people almost on a day-to-day basis for the pool whether the weather’s great or not, so it’s great for the hotel, and then it’s good for people who just want to come hang out.”
And day-pass users can do more than just splash around. “People can take advantage of the lovely pool, have lunch and add on a massage or a facial,” said Sam Jagger, general manager at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, a Santa Monica oasis with gilded gates, an incredible 141-year-old fig tree in the entrance courtyard and a garden pool you’ll never want to leave.
How does it work? When you arrive at the hotel, “we have someone escort you to a chair or table at the pool and introduce you to the staff,” he said.
North Hollywood resident Elena Richardson, who spent time at the W Hollywood’s pool with friends, loved her experience. “The hotel took my breath away. I felt like I was relaxing in elegance,” she said.
“When you walk through the doors, you know you’re in a special place. I live in North Hollywood, so being able to just go down there — it was so close — and have a daycation was incredible. My girls and I had a chance to do something luxurious without spending a lot of money.”
We took a quick look at some hotels to let you know what kind of deals you can find in the Los Angeles area. Starting prices are listed below, which may be available only when the hotel is not crowded. For the price breakdown, $ signals under $30, $$ denotes under $50 and $$$ is for all other prices.
Andaz West Hollywood
Day pass: $20; cabana, $150
Day pass: $100; cabana, $550
Day pass: $35; daybed, $50; cabana, $100; fire pit table, $50
Day pass: $80, reserved lounge chair; $140, two reserved lounge chairs, with $20-per-person food and beverage minimum per person
Hilton Universal City
Day pass: $30 adults, $17 kids; daybed, $135; cabana $210 (six people), with $75 food and beverage minimum
Pasadena Hotel & Pool
Day pass: $35
Hyatt Centric the Pike Long Beach
Day pass: $35 adults, $15 kids; day bed, $90 (two people); cabana, $175 (four people)
Day pass: $65 (only available during off-season); cabana, $250 (three people)
Marina del Rey Hotel
Day pass: $40 adults, $20 kids; love seat, $150; daybed, $350; cabana, $450 (10 people); $15 on Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m.
Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel
Day pass: $40
Le Méridien Delfina
Day pass: $25
Viceroy Santa Monica
Day pass: $25
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
Day pass: adults $45; kids $20
Westdrift Manhattan Beach, Autograph Collection
Day pass: $25
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