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5 Ways to Elevate Your Pool Day

Lounging poolside is an essential part of summer, but there is no need to wait for vacation to take a plunge. Here, the best hotel pools that give locals an all-access pass. 

5 Best Hotel Pools in Los Angeles

Pool cabana at Mr. C Beverly Hills

1. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
This Hollywood staple will infuse a major dose of glamour into your poolside routine. The palm tree-lined pool was designed by renowned pop artist and architect David Hockney and has hosted every Hollywood icon from Charlie Chaplin to Marilyn Monroe. Dining at the Tropicana Pool Café includes a two-hour dip for dessert (minimum purchase of $50 weekdays; $100 weekends). 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.856.1970

2. The Montage Beverly Hills 
Expansive city vistas from its rooftop perch make this one of the most coveted pools in the city. Local residents can lounge alongside hotel guests and dip in the saline-filled pool—a nod to the nearby Pacific—with one of six cabana rental packages ($500 to $625), complete with Montage bathrobes, magazines, Evian misters, fresh fruit and Wi-Fi. 225 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.860.7990

3. Mr. C Beverly Hills
Rent a cabana ($150 to $500) to get an all-day spot on this posh yacht-inspired pool deck. The private six-person cabanas have all of the necessities: lounge chairs, chilled water, towels and a 42-inch flat-screen TV equipped with international channels. With Cipriani fare from the hotel restaurant served poolside, there is no reason to ever leave. 1224 Beverwil Drive, L.A., 310.277.9537

4. The SLS Hotel
The Altitude Pool at this Philippe Starck-designed hotel has it all. The rooftop post provides epic 360-degree city views from the Hollywood sign to the beach; an infinity plunge pool and 1-foot-deep reflection pool; and signature cocktails and bites from Chef José Andrés. Locals can gain access to the exclusive oasis—typically reserved for guests—with a cabana rental (from $400). 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.247.0400

5. The Sunset Tower Hotel
While Old Hollywood icons sunbathed at the Hollywood Roosevelt, they lived at the Sunset Tower Hotel, which was once a luxury apartment building. Today, the rooftop pool deck lives up to its storied history, with stunning city views visible from the water and an outpost from The Tower Bar within arm’s reach. Locals can buy a day pass to the pool for all-day lounging ($75). 8358 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.654.7100