9 LA Rooftop Pools for Summertime Shenanigans
By Danielle Dorsey
Longer, warmer days have arrived in Los Angeles, teasing summer’s soon return. Balmy evenings make for beautiful sunset views that are best enjoyed poolside on one of the city’s famous hotel rooftops. When temperatures inevitably rise to uncomfortable degrees, they’ll be the perfect place to whet your whistle.
Be sure to visit these rooftop pools in LA for summer day parties or casual socializing under cabana shade:
Located along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood Roosevelt has been sheltering Hollywood legends for almost a century. Drop in at the Tropicana Pool & Cafe any day except Sunday, unless you’re a guest. Pre-game at the hotel’s bowling alley before making your way over to the pool for a relaxing night swim.
The Highlight Room is a recently debuted 11,000 square foot rooftop pool, with lounge and restaurant space at Dream Hotels’ Hollywood location. The pool at The Highlight Room is open to the public after 6 pm on weekdays, all day on the weekends, and for events. Dress to impress if you’re coming after dark.
The Sky Bar is a spacious, open-air pavilion located on the roof of The Mondrian hotel in West Hollywood near the Sunset Strip. They throw events throughout the summer, including a popular Midnight Swim. The pool is open to all after 1 pm every day.
Downtown LA is a mecca for daytime bar hopping in the summer and Freehand’s tiki-themed Broken Shaker bar makes for a fun stop. The pool is only available to hotel guests, but you can still take in the rooftop views with a strong drink.
The Line Hotel offers a respite from Koreatown’s concrete jungles with greenhouse turned restaurant The Commissary on its second-floor rooftop with pool. The restaurant/bar is a great option for cooling off with a cocktail, but the pool and lounge chairs are only available to hotel guests.
The Standard’s famous water bed cabanas are worth a visit and while you’re there, why not take a dip in their heated rooftop pool? The hotel also offers one of the few pools in the city that’s always open to the public, Arrive early to snag a good spot and check their event calendar for summertime concerts and film screenings.
Pro-tip: Pencil in the Ace Hotel’s downtown rooftop for your next co-working date. Few people know that the rooftop bar with pool offers free wifi and is open to the public from 11 am to 2 am. If you have to work on a weekend, it’s best done with a frozen drink in your hand.
W Hollywood’s rooftop WET Deck will transport you to old Hollywood with its panoramic views of tinsel town. Non-hotel guests can access the pool by purchasing a day pass, which starts at $30 and includes complimentary valet parking.
Shade Hotel sits at the shore of Redondo Beach and boasts a relaxing rooftop pool without your typical LA crowds. Join one of their public pool parties or complimentary yoga on the Aquadeck.