When the temperature rises, swimming pools are where the bikini-clad set migrates for a veritable oasis in the concrete jungle. The city’s finest hotels open their doors to the public to host summer pool parties. This is the quintessential daytime ritual of the season for skin-baring, bathing beauties and beaus. Get your sunscreen on; it’s time to party.
465 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Altitude Pool is perched gorgeously atop the sixth floor of the SLS Hotel and is now open to non-hotel guests for the season, offering sweeping views from Beverly Hills to the Hollywood Hills. Scope out the scene on weekdays and enjoy lunch on the pool deck Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. At Altitude, Chef José Andrés combines fresh, Mediterranean-influenced flavors with inspirations from its California setting, all created in the newly-opened 5th floor kitchen. Poolside bites include a Beverly Hills “Bikini” (grilled cheese with mozzarella, sharp cheddar and truffles) and the SLS Seafood Bowl (with king crab, lobster, sea urchin, shrimp, scallops and oysters). Refreshing poolside cocktails like the Andrés Palmer, are also available.
Once the weekend rolls around, you’ve got to check out Altitude for a lavish day club experience, complete with a live DJ, cocktails and an exclusive atmosphere. For cabana reservations on Saturdays and Sundays, contact the VIP host team via email.
7000 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Located at the historic Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood amid towering palm trees, the Tropicana pool is the only pool in town that has an underwater mural painted on it by painter David Hockney. The Tropicana Pool Bar is poolside, offering refreshments to fuel the fun and debauchery.
In perfect form, there will be a rotating DJ roster for your scantily-clad dancing pleasure. Talent such as Rick Rude, Just Jack, Goldfingers, ESKAE, Johnny Abrams and more will be cranking out the tunes that will make you want to move. Honorable mention goes to a Sunday Funday set by DJ Novos and DJ choBOT; let’s hope to hear more from them through the rest of pool season.
With its coveted locale, you can bet there will be a door — it’s a day club, after all. While all guests are welcome to try their luck at the door, the best way to guarantee entry is by booking bottle service. Call the hotel to make reservations. Pool parties will run from Memorial Day through Labor Day on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. Swim Nights begin May 28 and run on Tuesdays through the end of summer.
930 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024
“Hot summer. Cool vibe. Fresh beats.” The W Los Angeles in Westwood redefines Sunday funday at the hottest pool party on the west side from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Each week will feature a new partner (agency, gym, brand) to amplify the fun in their newly remodeled cabanas.
For the first time in five years, the venue will feature a live DJ providing beats from a poolside DJ booth converted from their EWOW Cabana. The season of fun starts Memorial Day, May 27 and runs through the summer. For more information, cabana rentals and reservations check out their website or call (443) 310-8218.
8440 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Beautifully designed pool, beautiful panoramic views and beautiful people. Need I say more? There will be special guest DJ’s and all the daytime pool party elements for you to bare tanned skin. Guests are encouraged to call Skybar at (323) 848-6025 to add their names to the guest list or arrange for bottle service. Bottle service and tables are available and recommended for parties of five or more. Pool parties will launch Memorial Day weekend, Sunday May 26 from noon to 6 p.m. and will continue each Sunday thereafter through summer.
If a moon tan is what you prefer, Night Swim at Skybar is just what the dermatologist ordered. It’s got all the daytime pool party elements that happen under the moon and stars, but above the flickering lights of the city. This weekly event takes place every Wednesday night from 9 to 1:30 a.m. beginning May 29 and will run for the duration of summer. For your listening pleasure, music by Kristina Kova and other special guest DJ’s will be on deck. Guests are encouraged to call Skybar at (323) 848-6025 to add their names to the guest list or arrange bottle service.
8300 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Located on the iconic Sunset strip in West Hollywood, The Standard summer pool series kicks off Memorial Day Weekend. Find out what it’s like to go tanning on blue Astroturf or get some ping-pong practice in under the California sun.
On Saturday, May 25 they are partnering up with CRUSHfanzine in celebration of their upcoming “Women We Love” issue. This event is hosted by Cameron Silver (Duke of Melrose), Dorothee Perret and Daniel Trese with special guest Peggy Moffitt. On Sunday, May 26 the pool deck will be taken over by the uber-cool NYC-based magazine Frank151. And finally, on Monday, May 27, A Club Called Rhonda will be bringing their usual mix of wacky pool party fun. There is a walk-up bar and cocktail service to keep thirsts quenched.
Following these Memorial Day Weekend festivities, the weekend pool parties will continue every Saturday & Sunday through Labor Day. Collaborations and hosts will vary week to week. Call for more details.
Joy Bitonio has the phrase “Joie de Vivre” tattooed on her shoulder, a reminder to enjoy life every single day. She has a voracious appetite for fun, adventure, food, good cocktails and works out like a madwoman to keep it all together. Check out her other articles on CBS L.A. She also covers fitness on Examiner. Follow her on Twitter.