Los Angeles Hotel Pool Cheat Sheet

05/22/2013

Altitude at SLS
Normally reserved for hotel guests, everyone can now snag a spot poolside at Altitude, on the sixth floor of the SLS Hotel. Dine on a weekday breakfast and lunch menu by Culinary Director José Andrés while enjoying the views from Beverly Hills to the Hollywood Hills. Fare favorites includes the Croissantini (pressed croissant sandwich with eggs, chicken sausage and herbed cream cheese); Beverly Hills ‘Bikini’ grilled cheese with mozzarella, sharp cheddar and truffles; and the SLS Seafood Bowl with king crab, lobster, sea urchin, shrimp, scallops and oysters. Cabana resys are available Saturdays & Sundays, 2-6 pm; 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills; 310.246.5552.

The Annenberg Community Beach House
A mile and a half north of Santa Monica’s pier, is this swanky private estate-turned-public beach house. It has an exclusive beach-club feel without actually being exclusive. The Annenberg Community Beach House is a great pick for budget-minded beach-goers. 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., 310.458.4904

The London
Now through Labor Day, celebrate summer at the London West Hollywood’s rooftop pool deck. Enjoy 360-degree views of Los Angeles, free cocktails (for the first hour), gourmet bites and a DJ spinning tunes. Wednesdays through Labor Day; 6-10 pm; resys recommended: 310.358.7766; 1020 North San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood

The W Hollywood
Drai’s Hollywood located 12 floors above the W Hotel in Hollywood throws its weekly Sunday Dayclub pool party. Sip cocktails and hear new DJs every week with this Vegas party experience. RSVP: info@drais.net; W Hotel Hollywood, 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 213.400.3133

The W Westwood
Show Me the Movies kicks off the week every Monday with new releases and cult classics. Wellness Weekends offers pool-side fitness classes by celebrity trainers on Saturdays (Kit Rich) and Yoga on Sundays (Tiffany Russo). The hour-long classes feature a soundtrack curated by The Ladies of Table Manners and Lucy activewear provides yoga mats. Classes end with a mimosa on the house, and 20% off brunch that day. Sundays also offer the W’s WET Pool Party where you can lounge poolside starting at noon, sip cocktails and get some sun. If you’re hungry head to the Backyard BBQ at the W’s backyard and dine on classic BBQ with a twist by Executive Chef Dakota Weiss. 930 Hilgard Ave., Westwood, 310.208.8765

Tropicana Pool Bar
This lil oasis in the heart of Hollywood has VIP seating and roaring fireplaces (you know for the chilly LA nights). Known for their pool parties, Tropicana Pool “Swim” Hours are from 7 am-7 pm and Tropicana Pool Bar opens from 10 am-2 am with poolside dining until 10 pm. 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA90028323.466.7000

The Pool At Sunset Tower
Enjoy a light breeze, sun and a full day of doing nothing. The Sunset Strip is your backdrop while you sip on your cucumber martinis and relax. Day passes: $75; 8358 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; 323.654.7100

Yacht Club at Mr. C Beverly Hills
Passed this tight door, you’ll find DJs, pitchers of Bellinis, couches in the sun, eggs benedict and more of a party scene than a relaxing afternoon. Sundays, June 2-September 8, noon-5 pm; 1224 Beverwil Dr.; 310.277.2800; cabana reservations here

The Standard Hollywood
This is where you will see lots of skin on the Sunset Boulevard. The sceney spot has good DJs, gratis Jell-O shots, and organic Bloody Marys. Saturday & Sunday, 1-7 pm; 8300 Sunset Blvd.; table reservations: 323.822.3131

The Mondrian
While not a particularly large pool, they do have an ottoman large enough to seat 40. Sip on some cocktails (they have a large list) during a lazy afternoon in the middle of the Sunset strip. 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

The Sunset Marquis
This courtyard pool doesn’t attract an overwhelming crowd, which can be nice. The hotel restaurant just around the corner makes some incredible food and serves a yummy Sunday brunch. 1200 Alta Loma Rd., West Hollywood, CA 90069; 310.657.1333

ION Rooftop Bar and Lounge
Sitting four stories up in the middle of downtown, grab a cocktail and take in a different view (no more Sunset Strip here). JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.765.8600

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