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7 Hotel Pools Worth Taking The Plunge

July 30, 2013 at 5:29 PM | by | ()

We're in summer's full throttle, and if you're in New York we let you know here where to find sanctuary in the sun.

But what about the rest of the world? You too need some shelter from the swelter, right? That's why we've come up with some rad Hotel Pools Worth The Plunge.

Some are available for guests only, others come with a fee, and still more offer free access--usually when there's a pool party going down.

So, don a retro high-waisted swimsuit (or not!) and take one of these refreshing dips and dives.

W Hollywood Hotel and Residences, LA
It goes without saying that LA is a pool-centric place. You'd be hard-pressed to find a hotel that didn't offer a decent spot for some aqua-fied R&R. However, if you want to make it a rhythm and relax affair, head to the top-floor Wet Deck during the week to camp out in a cabana or laze in a lounge chair. On the weekends, a DJ comes in to pump up the jam and the adults-only crowd.

Melia Atlanta
The outdoor, elevated pool deck puts the A's best views of Skyline on display. Ogle them from the water, or book a private cabana. Don't want to share your view with others? Book one of the hotel's four Pool Suites which have private plunge pools on the room's terrace.

Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
It goes without saying this city is one-big fire ball of heat during the summer, and the hurricanes people prefer to come through are of the boozy-liquid kind. But it's such a mesmerizing city, you'll go anyway. And instead of crying about the humidity, set yourself poolside on the rooftop of this classic hotel. The views of the Mississippi River are unparralled, and the pool is large enough to be enjoyed by everyone from kids to older caregivers.

Eden Roc Miami Beach, Miami
Now that its ownership woes are done and Eden Roc has become a part of the Destination Hotels & Resorts, we're anticipating life to go much more smoothly from now on. And it's sure to happen at a resort where there are four pools to choose from (including an adults-only option). Yes, the ocean is right there, but if you're not a fan of sand, you've got the right place.

The Colonnade Hotel, Boston
We like the Roof Top Pool, Boston's only one of its kind, especially because you don't have to be a guest to enjoy it--although the hours are shortened for those visitors. For people staying at the hotel, access to the swimming pool is complimentary and they receive access preference on the weekend. The public can use the facilities Mon-Fri for $50 per person for a full day and $25 per person from 3:00 PM until close. They suggest calling 617-425-3408 before you arrival to check availability.

The Berkeley, London
The pool-scene is coming along, well, swimmingly in England. A few hotels have brought in pools for guests to enjoy the few sunbathable months of the year, and we think the Brits are grateful. When they're heated? Even better, which is the case for this Knightsbridge spot, which is quite dramatic with its Roman pillars and arches. It's used year-round thanks to the retractable roof, too, so Hyde Park and Harrods are on full display when the weather cooperates and the top comes down. Let's not even get into the movies shown poolside and even synchronized swimming classes! The downside is the lack of cocktails at the bar, but hey, that's what flasks are for. Besides at £45 ($66) to get in for non-guests, we're sure you'll keep mum about both secrets.

Embassy Suites, San Antonio, TX
The Riverwalk is a popular nearly year-round, but how great would it be for a cool dip after a walk up and down the restaurant and shop laden area?You can do that at the family-friendly, all-suite, Embassy which is steps away from the Riverwalk entrance. The famiy-friendly pool has a fab position on the rooftop. Even better? The manager's free daily cocktails and snack hour, where you can tortilla chips, salsa and Chardonnay before heading upstairs and claiming a sun lounger.

[Photos: The Colonnade/Eden Roc/The Berkeley]

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