(credit: SLS Hotels)
When the temperature rises, swimming pools are where LA residents come to cool off and also be part of the scene. There are plenty of hotel’s which open their doors to the public as they host these summer pool parties. This is the quintessential daytime ritual of the season for skin-baring, bathing beauties and beaus. Get your sunscreen on because it’s time to party!
465 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Perched gorgeously atop the sixth floor of the SLS Hotel, Altitude Pool is now open to non-hotel guests for the season. The pool, which offering sweeping views from Beverly Hills to the Hollywood Hills, is the perfect place to scope out the scene. On weekends from 2pm to 6pm during the Spring and Summer months, Altitude transforms itself into a poolside lounge complete with DJ’s spinning the best hits. Poolside bites and drinks are just another plus here. From sharing plates like oysters, a shrimp cocktail and shoestring fries, to sandwiches, salads and desserts and more, you won’t be at a loss when it’s time to chow down. Or, stick to a diet of refreshing wines by the glass (or bottle), as well as sparkling rose, and specialty cocktails.
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 and offers plenty of refreshments to fuel the fun. Surrounded by bungalows from the hotel, the pool here becomes a fun party all day and all night long as patrons from Hollywood and around the city come to be seen and make a scene. The hotel gives off an old Hollywood feel and is one that is always popular among LA locals and those visiting or staying at the hotel. At night, DJ’s come alive to get the party started. 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.
930 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Whether you decide to go the W Hotel Westwood route or the W Hotel West Hollywood route, you’re sure to have a great time at their WET hotel pool party. Cool off during the hot summer months by taking a tip or sip of cocktails here. Soak up the sun in a chaise lounge or bed, or sneak away to a private cabana and enjoy tasty cocktails and food from Westwood’s Backyard restaurants. Private cabana rentals are available for purchase, and many more amenities. For a real party, you won’t want to miss WET in West Hollywood, where you’ll enjoy stunning views of the L.A. skyline and Hollywood in the comfort of a comfy W lounge chair, or in a private cabana. During their Savor Summer Series, get relaxed every Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon with LA’s best DJ’s on the Wet Deck. Pool hours are from 6am to 8pm, and food and beverage service is available from 10am daily. DJ’s will start spinning their best beats from 1pm to 5pm.
8440 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
The Skybar at the Mondriana Hotel has been a staple in the LA scene for years now. But, that doesn’t mean they don’t keep reinventing themselves. Each season, the hotel seems to step it up a notch, or two for its guests. With its beautifully designed pool, incredible panoramic views and beautiful people laying poolside, enjoy terrific drinks, a sleek atmosphere, guest DJ’s, and all the elements you need to get tan and relaxed. The pool hosts a myriad of pool parties during the summer season, including their Wicked Delight, and Wavey, which take place during Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day weekends. In September, from 1-8pm, get ready for talent on the pool deck as they present incredible programs like Dive In, or a poolside movie series. The pool is closed for public use on Saturdays though.
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.
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.