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Making a Splash: Hollywood Hotel Pools Make Summer Wet and Wild

By Genie Davis

July 26, 2017

When it’s hot time, summer in the city, but you just can’t get away to some tropical beach, Hollywood hotel pools make a terrific alternative. With a full range of great views and fun parties, it’s time to dive on in to some of the glamorous, blissfully aqua waters just a splash away from bustling Hollywood Boulevard. Just don’t forget your bikini or swim trunks.

The pool at The Hollywood Roosevelt’s Tropicana bar. (Courtesy photo)

The Hollywood Roosevelt
7000 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

David Hockney designed the multi-million-dollar underwater mural of alluring, water-like squiggles at the bottom of the pool in 1989. The Spanish Colonial hotel itself is a landmark built in 1927 and restored in 2003, both stylish and romantic. Staying for the weekend or overnight, guests can enjoy pool and garden views from balcony rooms, poolside rooms, or cabana suites, as well as the happening scene at the Tropicana poolside café and bar. A Tropicana Seasonal Pass available for purchase at the hotel also allows access to the pool and its lush poolside day beds. The café features a 60s-era chic vibe; and in the evenings, fire pits blaze. Every Saturday night, there’s a pool party, open to partygoers outside the hotel as well as guests. Featuring a range of visiting celebrity DJs as well as the hotel’s resident DJ Chris Homes, there’s plenty of dancing, swimming, celebrity watching, bubbles, and elaborately designed pool toys. In short, it’s all one hot scene with a cool, garden level pool. The pool and café are open until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, until midnight weeknights, and until 8 p.m. on Sunday.

W Hollywood Hotel’s “wet deck.” (Courtesy photo)

W Hollywood
6250 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

There’s so much to do besides simply swim at the W Hollywood’s pool, whether you’re staying in one of the hotel’s sleek and modern rooms, or visiting for a day. This summer, Sunday pool parties run from 1 to 7 p.m. at the roof top pool with its soaring, killer view of Hollywood. Sunday mornings at 10 a.m., the hotel hosts Get Fit, with exciting free classes from Brit Middleton, Eryt & Hot 8 Yoga. Regular pool hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., with DJs spinning Friday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. While complimentary lounge chairs are for guests only, daybeds and cabanas can be reserved by the public for a minimum food and beverage price. So stay for the weekend or just get your yoga on, then relax with a creative craft cocktail, and dance the afternoon away.

The pool at Loews Hollywood Hotel. (Courtesy photo)

Loews Hollywood Hotel
1755 N Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

At Loews Hotel, conveniently adjacent to the shops, theaters, and restaurants of the Hollywood and Highland complex, the heated outdoor pool is five stories up. The pool and a serene terrace both offer their own stellar view of the Hollywood scene below. An added perk: comfortable poolside cabanas are free to hotel guests. Weekend Perks specials that include breakfast and free wi-fi as well as suite upgrade packages, make this relaxing pool even more of a destination oasis. Day-trippers can book a luxurious massage or facial at the hotel’s Balance Spa and also receive pool and terrace access.

The rooftop pool at the brand new Dream Hotel Hollywood. (Courtesy photo)

Dream Hotel
6417 Selma Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Newly opened for summer of 2017, Dream Hotel has a dreamy rooftop pool scene that makes a good match for its name. With both a lounge and restaurant, there are  a wide variety of craft cocktails and hip, of-the-moment cuisine such as Hamachi crudo on the menu. Glamorous rooms make checking in – and checking out the latest Hollywood hotel- an exciting prospect. The 11,000-square-foot pool and party space is open for hotel guests only during the day on weekdays, but weekends after 1 p.m., and on weekday evenings after 6 p.m., it’s open to the public. The blissful view stretches from the Hollywood Hills to downtown, and the cabanas feature retractable tops and sides. The floor is raised by a hydraulic lift. For visitors not staying at the hotel, the rooftop oasis can be reached through a separate flagstone-and-ivy lined alley.


Genie Davis is a multi-published novelist and journalist, and produced screen and television writer. Passionate about everything-Los Angeles, you can see her work in the arts on her own www.diversionsLA.com.

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