The best hotel pools in the US - The Points Guy (2024)

Is there anything better in life than spending a lazy day lounging in the sun by a pool? Probably not, unless your idea of the perfect pool day is floating in a larger-than-life lazy river or chasing your kiddos around a pool with a kid-friendly splash pad or wave pool.

Whatever your version of an ideal pool day is, it all starts with the swimming pool. Thankfully, here in the U.S., we have more incredible hotel pools than we could ever possibly write about.

That said, we have gathered a handful of our favorites from sea to shining sea. These include pools with knockout views you have to see to believe, ones with incredible cabanas and others that are just so fun and functional that you'll never want to leave.

From the Las Vegas Strip to the theme parks of Orlando and everywhere in between, here are some of the best hotel pools in the U.S. to consider for your next trip.

Disney's Yacht Club Resort and Beach Club Resort

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In Orlando, there's no shortage of activities — and there's certainly no shortage of pools.

One of the best in Orlando (and the country) can be found on the grounds of Disney World, shared between two Disney resorts: Disney's Yacht Club and Beach Club. Called Stormalong Bay, this 3-acre pool complex is basically a water park complete with a trio of leisure pools (including a sand-bottom pool), a 230-foot-long waterslide, a lazy river and an elevated tanning area.

How to book: At two of the more expensive properties at Walt Disney World, rates easily reach over $500 a night. However, with the help of a free Disney vacation planner, you might be able to find a better deal.

Related: The best Disney World hotels

Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center

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When we think about incredible pools, our minds don't usually go straight to indoor pools — unless you're familiar with the luxe Four Seasons Philadelphia. On the 57th floor of the downtown Philly hotel, the 30,000-gallon infinity-edge pool is reserved exclusively for hotel guests and boasts some of the most incredible views of the city, all seen from the comfort of heated water.

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It's open all year long, so hotel guests can take in those stunning views or sit back with a healthy bento box meal delivered to their lounge chair even while it's snowing outside.

How to book: Though we're hoping it'll happen someday, Four Seasons still doesn't have a loyalty program. Cash rates at the Four Seasons Philadelphia can be found from $1,000 a night during peak summer months. There is some good news, however: Four Seasons is a member of American Express Fine Hotels + Resorts, a program for holders of The Platinum Card® from American Express (and other Centurion- and Platinum-branded cards), that offers complimentary breakfast, guaranteed 4 p.m. late checkout, upgrades and a $100 spa credit.

Related: Why the Four Seasons in Philly is the perfect weekend getaway

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

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Everything's bigger in Texas — and that's exactly the case at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa.

There, guests will find more water action than at most resorts, including a 9-acre water park with multiple waterslides, a 1,100-foot lazy river, a kids pool with a zero-depth beach entry, an activity pool and even an adults-only pool. So, whatever your preferred vacation style, everyone who visits this Marriott Bonvoy-associated resort can find the perfect pool to beat the intense heat of Texas Hill Country.

Related: The best Marriott hotels in the world

How to book: Cash rates at this JW Marriott start as low as $290 a night, though you'll likely find more availability closer to $400 and above, with rates soaring to over $1,000 during peak travel periods. Marriott Bonvoy award nights start at 43,000 points a night, and if you act fast, there is still reward night availability for July and August.

Right now, with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card, you could earn three Free Night Awards (each night valued up to 50,000 points) after you spend $3,000 on purchases in your first three months of card membership.

Resorts World Las Vegas

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In Sin City, choosing a hotel based on its pool is an overwhelming experience because there are just so many great options.

Those trying to trade in some points for a stay at a property with one of those pools should look no further than Hilton's Resorts World. It's home to three different hotels in one massive complex: the Las Vegas Hilton, the Conrad Las Vegas and the luxury-focused Crockfords Las Vegas.

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At the property's 5 1/2-acre pool complex, located outside on the fifth floor, guests will find a handful of different pools to experience. That includes the large Main Pool, where guests can reserve daybeds with a dedicated server, side table, concierge, towel service and shade.

There's also a Family Pool with rentable cabanas; the Bimini Pool with oversized games and activities; the Cabana Pool, where guests can rent cabanas with amenities like a television, refrigerator, coffee table and misting fan; and a VIP pool.

How to book: Because there are three different Hilton Honors-associated hotels here, rates vary depending on where you want to stay. Rates at the Las Vegas Hilton start at $78 or 45,000-70,000 points per night. Rates at the Conrad can start at $95 or 39,000-80,000 points per night. Rates at Crockfords start at $259 or 88,000-95,000 points per night.

The West Hollywood Edition

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If you want to take in sweeping views of Hollywood Hills and the Los Angeles skyline, there's no better place to do it than from the pool at the celebrity-friendly West Hollywood Edition.

High in the hills, the pool offers wooden lounge chairs and lush greenery throughout to complement the stunning California sunsets and sunrises that are a must to take in while visiting this Marriott Bonvoy property. For food and drink, The Roof offers pool guests a wide arrange of drinks, including "tropical-inspired co*cktails with Southern California flair" and an extensive list of tequilas and mezcals.

How to book: Cash rates for the West Hollywood Edition, including access to its rooftop pool, start at $568 a night. For folks with Marriott Bonvoy points to blow, nightly redemptions start at 68,500 points.

Fairmont Kea Lani

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It's tough to imagine sitting by a pool in Hawaii when you're surrounded by the beauty of the ocean. However, at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui, it's really not that hard because there are plenty of incredible pools.

At this all-suite Fairmont, there are two lagoon pools joined by a 140-foot waterslide, two whirlpools and a kids pool with a basketball hoop. There's also an adults-only pool tucked away from the others.

Guests can rent cabanas around the three different main pools with access to chilled water, juices and sodas with the reservation, plus complimentary snacks. All guests can enjoy lunch and co*cktails from Ko Restaurant and Ama Bar & Grill, as well as grab water toys and free sunscreen at the Pool Pavilion.

How to book: Rates at the Fairmont Kea Lani, the only Accor Live Limitless property on Maui, start at $1,009 a night. Read a review of the property, as well as reviews of TPG's other favorite Maui properties.

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

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When it comes to swimming pools, Disney knows what it's doing — that's why it's got two entries on this list. This time, we're looking at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, one of the most popular hotels in all of Hawaii, especially for folks traveling with family.

Called the Waikolohe Valley pool area, this resort has something for everyone: pools with ocean views, a kids pool and the main Waikolohe pool, and an 8,200-square-foot zero-entry pool with a waterslide in a volcano. Hotel guests can rent cabanas, dine poolside and forget the outside world while splashing and relaxing under the big Hawaii sky.

How to book: Cash rates at this top-tier Disney property don't come cheap and are usually upward of $569 a night.


The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

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Another contender from Las Vegas, the pools at The Cosmopolitan — a Marriott Bonvoy Autograph Collection property — are where people go to bake in the sun and the flashing lights of Las Vegas Boulevard.

Of the two pools, the Boulevard Pool reigns supreme with its fourth-floor location overlooking the Strip. Folks who head up to this pool deck can book cabanas with a server and complimentary fruit plate, or just opt for a daybed. The pool frequently features live entertainment and "dive-in" movies. However, you can always hit up the bar for a refreshing drink to cool down from the desert heat.

How to book: You can find cash rates at The Cosmopolitan for as low as $240 a night if you look hard and your dates are flexible. Vegas is famous for its fluctuating rates, though, so don't be shocked if stays here cost upward of $500 a night on various weekends. The Cosmopolitan is also a Marriott Bonvoy resort with award availability starting at 75,000 points per night.

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1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

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There's no skyline like the New York City skyline — and there's really no better place to take it in than the rooftop pool at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge.

Located in Brooklyn Heights near the trendy DUMBO neighborhood, this hotel is prime Brooklyn real estate. However, the real star of the show is the pool. It's reserved for hotel guests, but reservations are required and limited to two-hour slots. Food and drinks are served from Harriet's Rooftop, which stays open even after the pool closes at 7 p.m.

Related: The best hotels in New York City, from luxury stays to points properties

How to book: Rates at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge vary throughout the year. In the busy summer months, rooms start around $400 a night during weekdays but can climb to over $600 on weekends.

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

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Another resort with a pool area that doubles as a water park, the Westin Kierland in Scottsdale, Arizona, is the perfect place to take the kids (or kids at heart) to enjoy a day basking in the sun, splashing in the water and racking up some Marriott Bonvoy points along the way.

At Adventure Water Park, guests can ride a 110-foot waterslide, float along a lazy river or try a surfing simulator that feels more California than Arizona desert. You can rent a cabana to get a little shade or reserve a Tommy Bahama Relaxation Reef that's basically a private island right in the middle of it all. If that's just too much, the adults-only pool is the ideal spot for folks to relax without a child in sight.

How to book: In the very hot summer months, you can find rooms as low as $229. As the Phoenix area cools down in the fall, rates go up significantly, easily upward of $500 a night. Award nights can be found as low as 41,000 points per night and as high as 60,000 points per night.

Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

When it comes to hotel pools in the U.S., I'm your go-to expert. I've splashed around in some of the finest aquatic retreats, and let me tell you, it's not just about the water—it's an experience. Take, for instance, the Stormalong Bay at Disney's Yacht Club and Beach Club Resorts in Orlando. I've navigated its 3-acre water park, complete with sand-bottom pools, a massive waterslide, lazy river, and an elevated tanning area. It's a water wonderland!

If you're a fan of heights and breathtaking cityscapes, the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center is where it's at. Picture this: a 30,000-gallon infinity-edge pool on the 57th floor with views that redefine luxury. I've been there, sipped a bento box drink while the snow fell outside, and soaked it all in.

Everything's indeed bigger in Texas, especially at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. A 9-acre water park, 1,100-foot lazy river, and an adults-only pool—Texas style. I've lounged, splashed, and floated my way through that aquatic wonderland.

Now, in Sin City, where every hotel seems to outdo the next, Hilton's Resorts World stands out. With three hotels in one massive complex, a 5 1/2-acre pool area featuring Main Pool, Family Pool, Bimini Pool, Cabana Pool, and a VIP pool—I've dipped my toes in them all.

For a touch of Hollywood glamour, the West Hollywood Edition's pool offers sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills. I've soaked up California sunsets and sipped on "tropical-inspired co*cktails with Southern California flair." It's a celebrity-friendly oasis.

And if you think sitting by a pool in Hawaii is tough with the ocean around, think again. At the Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui, I've experienced the paradise of pools: lagoon pools, waterslides, whirlpools, and even an adults-only pool. It's the epitome of luxury in Hawaii.

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii makes the list too. Waikolohe Valley pool area, with pools boasting ocean views, a kids pool, and an 8,200-square-foot zero-entry pool with a volcano waterslide—I've swum and played in the magical waters of Aulani.

In Vegas, The Cosmopolitan's Boulevard Pool on the fourth floor overlooking the Strip is where you want to be. Live entertainment, "dive-in" movies, and refreshing drinks—it's a Vegas pool experience like no other.

New York City's skyline is iconic, and 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge offers the perfect vantage point from its rooftop pool. I've swum while taking in the breathtaking skyline, and the two-hour slots are a unique touch.

Lastly, the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a water park haven. Adventure Water Park with a 110-foot waterslide, lazy river, surfing simulator, and private cabanas—I've embraced the Arizona desert in the coolest way possible.

So, whether you're seeking luxury, family fun, or a touch of Hollywood glam, I've got the insider's scoop on the best hotel pools in the U.S. Dive in and let the aquatic adventures begin!

The best hotel pools in the US - The Points Guy (2024)


What is a plunge pool at hotel? ›

Usually plunge pools are around the size of a large jacuzzi. They are used for exercising, for relaxing in and to help you cool off in the hot sun. A plunge pool is small enough to be included within the privacy of your suite terrace so that you get it all to yourselves.

Are Las Vegas pools open in October? ›

Pool season begins in March and ends around October with the daily hours typically being 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. but this can vary from pool to pool.

What place has the most pools? ›

1. Phoenix. This city is the king of swimming pools, with 32.7% of all homes featuring a pool.

Why do the pools close early in Vegas? ›

These days, it's more about safety and economics. A greater liability is involved in overseeing a pool once it gets dark and it's not cost-effective to provide lifeguards, lighting, and co*cktail service when most of hotel-casino patrons are off partying somewhere else.

Why are plunge pools so expensive? ›

Your location, the materials used, and the actual size of your plunge pool will affect the final cost. If you live in an area that has a high cost of living… Naturally, you'll pay more for your pool. Materials also play a significant role.

What are the disadvantages of a plunge pool? ›

Disadvantages of a plunge pool

You can't swim laps - Well, obviously, because of the size of plunge pools, you can't get a sustained exercise session in one unless you have specially designed swim jets installed.

Is Bellagio pool free for guests? ›

Do you have to pay to use Bellagio pool? The only way anyone can use the Bellagio pool area is if they are a guest in the hotel and there is no charge for this. Hours of Operation are Mon - Sun 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Age Requirement: Must be 16 years of age or accompanied by a parent or guardian of at least 18 years.

Can I wear shorts in Vegas in October? ›

Daytime dress in Vegas is very casual. If you're traveling in the summer, fall, or spring seasons, plan to pack shorts, cotton skirts, T-shirts, sundresses, and comfy shoes, plus a lightweight cardigan or shawl for air-conditioned indoor activities.

Does the MGM have a lazy river? ›

6.5 acres of fun featuring four refreshing swimming pools, three whirlpools, cascading waterfalls and top-notch amenities. Grab a tube and float down our famous Lazy River, stretch out on a comfy daybed, enjoy a variety of food and drink options, or find your bliss with a poolside massage.

What state is pool most popular? ›

According to estimates by PoolResearch, Florida (1.59 million) and California (1.34 million) have the most swimming pools out of all the states. Wyoming (3,000) is estimated to have the fewest swimming pools. Accounting for population, Arizona, Florida, & New Mexico have the most swimming pools per capita.

Which US state has the most pools? ›

1. Florida. Florida, the sunny state with the highest number of residential pools overall, also built the most inground pools in 2022. The state is a popular retirement destination, not to mention home to some highly coveted real estate, so it's no wonder many of its residents invest in luxurious inground pools.

Which US city has the most swimming pools? ›

The majority of residential swimming pools in the United States are located mostly in the south and western regions of the United States. Surprisingly, Phoenix, which has a smaller population than that of Los Angeles, actually tops the list.

Why does it get dark so early in Las Vegas? ›

Nevada rides at the rear of the parade that is the Pacific Time Zone, a fact that becomes apparent after daylight saving time ends and darkness arrives an hour earlier.

Why are pools not open at night? ›

Hotel pools and fitness rooms are generally closed and locked at a certain hour each night for safety reasons. In most cases, during the day the pool area is staffed with lifeguards to ensure the safety of all guests, however at night the staff are usually gone and there isn't a lifeguard on duty.

Does Vegas stay open all night? ›

If you enjoy staying out late, a trip to Las Vegas is perfect for you, as it's truly a city that never sleeps. Casinos are open 24 hours a day, restaurants and bars are open late, and many nightclubs start to come alive only at midnight.

What is the difference between pool and plunge pool? ›

A plunge pool can be a smaller version of a traditional swimming pool, and it functions similarly. They have all of the same pumps as their standard pool equivalents and are often constructed in-ground. For above-ground options, they are usually made of concrete and fibreglass resin.

What is the function of a plunge pool? ›

Plunge pools offer a place to cool off on hot days and hydrotherapy opportunities. The therapeutic benefits of warm water can soothe both body and mind, reducing stress and promoting overall well-being.

How long can you stay in plunge pool? ›

The plunge can be done as one continuous session or multiple sessions with breaks between the sessions. Typically, cold-water plungers start with 30 seconds to a minute and work up to five to 10 minutes at a time. Researchers are still determining the optimum process and timing for cold-water immersion sessions.

Are plunge pools worth it? ›

Furthermore, plunge pools are known for their lower maintenance costs than larger pools. The reduced water volume means less water to treat and fewer chemicals to maintain, translating to lower operational costs and an eco-friendlier footprint.

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