Los Angeles has tons of great public swimming pools, beaches and splashpads but sometimes you crave a more relaxing, upscale and private escape. If you’re longing to take a dip into a pool mainly found on destination vacations, look no farther than your own neighborhood. You can lounge with your little swimmers at 4-diamond waterfront resorts, oceanside infinity pools or at comfy cabanas with million dollar views. Read on to find out which sought-after hotels all offer day passes where your family can embark on the ultimate (wet!) daycation.
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: $50/person, free for kids under 6
Parking: Free self-parking
9876 Wilshire Blvd.
InterContinental – Century City
Dive into understated elegance with a day pass to the InterContinental’s outdoor heated infinity pool. While the rest of your family splashes in the sun, you’ll love catching up on some quiet R&R while drinking in the 360ﹾ city views right from your lounge chair. Outside food and drink are not permitted inside the pool area (gotta leave the PB&J at home) but your day pass to this unassuming oasis also includes a 15% discount on food and beverage either served poolside (yes, please!) or in any of the hotel’s reputable restaurants. When you and your brood are sufficiently soaked, dry off and drive one block over to the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center’s playground to keep the good times going.
Pool Hours: Daily from 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Parking: Valet $10 with validation at front desk
2151 Avenue of the Stars
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/person, free for kids under 6
Parking: Metered street parking or $18/hour valet parking for the first hour, additional hours $7, maxing at $49/night
101 Wilshire 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 is not available on holidays or weekends.
Pool Hours: Mon.–Fri. from 6 a.m.–10 p.m.
Cost: $50/adult, $25 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 for when you need a break from all that splashing action. 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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