There is no shortage of hot, sunny days in SoCal, but packing up the whole family and your stuff (we’re looking at you towels, snacks and umbrellas) for a day at the beach is sometimes more than you want to do in a day. Instead, treat yourself to a more private—and relaxing—day escape to a luxurious pool in Los Angeles fit for a four-star vacation. So whether you’re looking to hole up in a comfy cabana or spend the day splashing in an oceanside infinity pool, there are enough hotels in LA that offer day passes, some of which are, most likely, in your own backyard!
The Beverly Hilton – Beverly Hills
Boasting the largest heated hotel pool in Beverly Hills, this iconic hot spot certainly puts the “see” in “see and be seen.” You and your glamour squad can cool off in style swimming around the incredibly chic Aqua Star Pool, known as one of the most famous splash spots in town. Rent a signature Beverly Hilton pool raft and float around in the very same water that Angelina Jolie jumped into moments after winning her second Golden Globe award. Before the day is done be sure to split a pizza with your ravenous tots from Circa 55 overlooking the pool, then return home rested and red-carpet ready.
Pool Hours: Daily from 5 a.m.–8 p.m.
Cost: $65 per person, free for kids under 6
Parking: Free self-parking
9876 Wilshire Blvd.
InterContinental – Downtown
Sunbathe among the skyscrapers with a day pass to the InterContinental’s cabana-lined, open-air pool deck. Between the pool house, fire pits and separate children’s area (say no more!), there’s really something for everyone. Outside food and drink are not permitted inside the pool area (leave the cheddar crackers at home), but your day pass to this unassuming oasis also includes a 10% discount on food and beverage either served poolside (yes, please!) or at No Dive Bar. If after all this, you still can’t bear the thought of leaving, cap off your day with a dip in the hot tub and stay for dinner.
Pool Hours: Daily from 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Cost: $35 per person, free for kids under 6
900 Wilshire Blvd.
Fairmont Mirimar Hotel – Santa Monica
Sip cocktails (or mocktails for the kid crew) poolside just steps from the Pacific at this gorgeous hotel that blends contemporary style with unique historical charm. Day passes here give you and your water bugs all day access to luxurious amenities such as a huge heated pool, comfy sun loungers (pop open an umbrella and give your toddler a nap in the lap of luxury), changing rooms and showers. Take a lunch break poolside at FIG restaurant which offers kids’ menu items such as burgers and fries or lighter fare like a cheese and cracker plate. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for a familiar face or two as celebrities have been known to frequent the pool-adjacent Exhale spa.
Pool Hours: Daily from 9 a.m.–9p.m.
Cost: $20 per person, free for kids under 6
Parking: Metered street parking or $18 per hour valet parking for the first hour, additional hours $7, maxing at $49/night
101 Wilshire Blvd.
Nestled right in the hustle and bustle of Studio City is the largest pool in the San Fernando Valley. Beat the heat at this legendary landmark that has been host to Katherine Hepburn and Clark Gable by diving in to this urban oasis. Don’t bother packing the inflatables (no pool toys are allowed), but you might want to bring a few games for the kiddos to enjoy at one of the many outdoor tables between dips. Snacks can be ordered from the pool bar for hungry swimmers as well.
Pool Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: $25 per guest, subject to change at any time
Parking: Self-parking is free during the day
12825 Ventura Blvd.
Westlake Village Inn
Jump into quiet luxury at this tucked-away resort just east of Thousand Oaks in the quaint upscale town of Westlake Village. Here you will love the true vacation feel of this pool which is nestled in the middle of 17 lush acres of botanical beauty. Please note the pool currently offers passes Fri.-Sun. now through May. After May, passes are only offered Mon.-Thurs. We highly recommend to call ahead to confirm use of passes before arriving.
Pool Hours: Mon.–Fri. from 6 a.m.–10 p.m.
Cost: $40 per adult, $15 for kids 12 and under.
Cabana Rental: $250 for the day and comes with six waters, a bowl of fruit and 4 complimentary mimosas.
31943 Agoura Rd.
Hilton – Universal City
Why not kick it at the Hilton Universal City located just one block from Universal Studios Hollywood? The best part (aside from the large outdoor swimming pool and hot tub that will keep your kids busy dipping between the two) is you can head over to Universal Studios when you finally feel splashed out. Poolside dining is available from the Sierra Pool Bar and Grill.
Pool Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: $15 per guest, free for kids under 6
Parking: Self-parking is $8 with pool bar & grill validation; valet parking is $18 with pool bar & grill validation.
555 Universal Hollywood Dr.
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