Travel writer Jason Cochran was the man who brought this to our attention, via his tweets about the pool on Sunday:
What kind of hotel won't let guests use the pool? The W Hollywood! Doorman says he can "introduce" me to the manager if I want to swim.
The W Hollywood hotel lets a third party run its pool, and the third party won't prioritize guests for entry. Should have stayed at the SLS.
What happened to that famous Whatever, Whenever service, hmmm? When we toured the hotel back in January, we were told that hotel guests would always have access to the pool. Today, a Drai's rep tells us:
The pool / WET deck is entirely accessible to guests from 6:00am-5:00pm Monday through Saturday. Currently, on Sundays Drai's has a pool party from 10am-10pm, so guests have access to the pool prior to 10am on Sundays.
The rep admits that "this can sometimes be an issue for guests," as it was for Cochran, but that "the hotel is working closely with its partners to find a solution that works for everyone."
What do you think of this Sunday policy? Have you had a similar experience? Or had the privilege of getting WET at the W Hollywood's pool, despite the roadblocks? Give us the scoop in comments below.
[Photo: Drai's website ]