Forget about swimming laps. Some pools are way too nice for that. In a city where the sun is always shining, these attractive pool options will have you wishing your time there was an everyday thing.
Mondrian Los Angeles
8440 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
For the only hotel pool in Los Angeles known for its open policy on topless sunbathing, head on over to the Mondrian where a European way of life is totally accepted. Described as an outdoor living room, this rooftop pool boasts of panoramic views of West Hollywood and is adjacent to Skybar, home to one of the hottest nightlife scenes around. During the day, it’s a chic poolside lounge, but it turns into a seductive nightclub atmosphere by nightfall. Hotel guests always get priority with the pool and its amenities.
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
The indoor pool at the Biltmore Hotel may remind you of a scene from season 2 of “True Blood” when Bill meets with the Queen of Louisiana in her mansion. As part of the hotel’s comprehensive fitness center, the pool oozes with the sophistication of royalty with its Romanesque architecture and the kind of deck chairs you’d find on the upper deck of the Titanic. After a dip in the pool, make use of the steam room or dry sauna for further relaxation. Located in the heart of downtown near some of LA’s most popular venues, the hotel itself has become a historical and cultural icon for high-class guests. If you’re lucky, you might run into someone important.
100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
At Terranea Resort, choose your own adventure between three different swimming pools: one for kids, one for adults and another one for spa-goers. With a 5,000-square-foot pool and 140-foot water slide, you can’t really go wrong bringing the kiddos along. Resort activities leaders are usually there to make sure you and the family are having as much fun as possible with poolside games and activities. Then you’ve got the 18-and-over pool for those looking for a little serenity and the spa pool for those winding down from a spa treatment. The best part about the pools at Terranea is that they all have unmatched coastline views of the Pacific Ocean.
The London West Hollywood
1020 N. San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
With views to die for and a swanky pool scene, The London West Hollywood is another rooftop pool worth checking out. Its location right off of Sunset Strip is close to virtually all the fun things to do in Hollywood and within a short walking distance of Whisky A Go Go and The Viper Room. Tucked away in its own secret garden, The London West Hollywood offers a unique pool experience with panoramic views of the city skyline from downtown to the Getty, a hip Brit Bar lounge that serves hand-crafted English cocktails and all-day rooftop dining. The pool is strictly for hotel guests, but locals can rent a cabana for the day to enjoy the scene. With such high-end taste, don’t be surprised if you come across a celebrity or two while you’re there.
Viceroy Santa Monica
1819 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
The private cabanas at Viceroy offer hotel guests and local visitors a taste of luxury with poolside service that includes a fresh fruit platter upon arrival, a glass of chilled champagne for each guest, full use of both pools for the day, power outlets for electronics and complimentary Wi-Fi access. The classy and chic atmosphere make it a popular place for impressing affluent business associates or out-of-town guests. The pools might seem like kiddie pools compared to others, but the elegant decor and formal furnishing make up for it.
Niki Payne is a freelance writer covering all things Entertainment in Los Angeles. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.