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Cooling Off in Hollywood

By Kim Sudhalter

July 18, 2014

Are you one of those unfortunate people who lives in Los Angeles without a pool? On 100+ degree days, do you find yourself dreaming of a nice cool place to take a dip, sip a cocktail and grab some rays? Well, Hollywood locals, rejoice! You have several options to choose from…steps from your own pool-less backyard. They come at a cost, of course, but are options nonetheless.

Loews Hollywood Hotel (pictured above): Experience views like no other at the Loew’s Hollywood rooftop pool and deck. Overlooking the Hollywood Sign on one side, and Hollywood & Highland’s grand elephants on the other, you can enjoy a sweeping panorama of all that is Hollywood as you soak up some rays. To gain entrance you will have to book a treatment at the gorgeous Exhale spa (poor you), but you’re welcome to relax poolside afterwards.

Loews Hollywood Hotel: 1755 N Highland Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028. 323.856.1200

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel: The Hollywood Roosevelt has long been the hotel to the stars, but now more so than ever. The million dollar David Hockney-designed pool with its lush foliage and Tropicana Bar is like a little oasis in the heart of Hollywood. You can just imagine stars like Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift lounging poolside back in the day, lifting umbrella-ed piña coladas to their lips. These days, weekend pool parties are full of beautiful people, dance music and enough high energy to light the hotel’s neon sign. During the week (which is much more serene), you can purchase day passes for $35/day. On weekends, you can get in by ordering bottle service.


Hollywood Roosevelt: 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028. 323.466.7000

W Hollywood Hotel: If you live to make the scene, the W Hollywood Hotel is another option.During summer weekends, W Hollywood’s rooftop WET pool is a sophisticated environment best suited for adults after 1pm. The views are spectacular, both from a people-watching and scenery perspective.  All outside patrons must reserve a cabana ($500) or daybed ($250) for entrance. Call the W Insider, Chris Nelson at 213.308.8110 or reserve online.

W Hollywood Hotel: 6250 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028. 323.798.1300

LA Fitness: If working out aquatic style, or simply taking a refreshing dip indoors is more your scene, check out LA Fitness’s heated indoor pool. You can get a 3-day pass free, but you’ll have to listen to the sales spiel. Or, the easier way, is to pay $15 for one day use of the entire gym.

LA Fitness: 1628 N. El Centro Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028. 323.461.0227

Hollywood Wilshire YMCA: Built in 1927 by the renowned Los Angeles architect Paul Williams, the Hollywood Wilshire YMCA is a Spanish Colonial Revival-style masterpiece with tons of interesting ceramic and terra-cotta interior decorative details to admire. It’s well worth getting a day pass to come check out the facilities and cool off at the same time. A day pass is $15.

YMCA: 1553 N Schrader Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028. 323.467.4161

Kim Sudhalter is the President of Urban Legend PR, a full-service public relations, branding and marketing company.  She consulted with the Hollywood Entertainment District in its early years, helping to attract investment and revitalize the area. Originally from Europe and New York, she is an architecture and history buff who has a deep and abiding love for Hollywood and its past.

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