You Deserve a Pool Day—Here’s How to Score a Day Pass to a Luxe Hotel Near You Starting at Just $15
Summer isn't over yet and there are plenty more warm days ahead. Did someone say vacation? Not quite. Ever heard of a daycation? It’s the perfect mini-break that combines the amenities and service of a hotel without the cost or commitment of spending the night. Genius, right? Have a few free hours and $75 (or, in many cases, way less) in your pocket? Put it towards an outing at a fabulous hotel pool near your home. Scroll on for 14 of our fave options that feel super luxe but won't break the bank—and are all bookable on Resort Pass.
1. ANDAZ WEST HOLLYWOOD (WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA)
Beat the heat at the hip and historic Andaz West Hollywood. The first hotel on the Sunset Strip—an iconic hangout that’s long attracted celebs and musicians—also boasts the highest rooftop pool in Los Angeles. Accolades aside, it’s just a cool place to chill out, sip cocktails, splash around and soak in the stirring views.
2. PARK HYATT CHICAGO (CHICAGO, ILLINOIS)
Everything about the Park Hyatt Chicago screams luxury. There’s a lot to love. But one of our favorite features is the indoor saline lap pool. When the Windy City weather turns on a dime, you can still go for a swim. BTW a day pass also buys you entry to the steam room and fitness center.
3. SIXTY LES (NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK)
The Lower East Side overflows with bars, clubs and nightlife venues. Down to start the party during the daytime? The only thing hotter than the city in summer is the pool scene (and the actual piscine, featuring an artsy mural of Andy Warhol’s face) at the SIXTY LES.
4. HOTEL FIGUEROA (LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA)
We’re not praising LA traffic, but one neat thing is that the time spent in the car really makes it feel like you're going somewhere far away from home. (No, just us?) Anyway, we can’t think of a better daycation setup than Hotel Figueroa’s cacti-dotted patio and coffin-shaped pool.
5. SLS BRICKELL (MIAMI, FLORIDA)
It doesn’t get steamier than Miami in summer. Even when it’s not cut-the-air-with-a-knife humid outside, the warm weather still beckons residents and visitors to find some kind of retreat. The swanky SLS Brickell has two pools, chaise lounges and gorgeous views. Oh yeah, that’s a proper daycation.
6. THE WESTIN AUSTIN DOWNTOWN (AUSTIN, TEXAS)
Austin keeps it weird and, sometimes, a little wild. We're not saying you're going to be hungover...but on the off chance that does happen, rest assured that a life-giving dip in the pool, bloody Marys (some people swear by a little hair of the dog) and comfy lounges await at The Westin Austin Downtown.
7. ARIZONA BILTMORE, A WALDORF ASTORIA RESORT (PHOENIX, ARIZONA)
The most iconic property in Phoenix, the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort is a bonafide desert oasis that’s steeped in timeless allure. In addition to sipping cocktails at the swim-up bar and catching some rays, stroll around the sprawling grounds and admire the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture.
8. W ATLANTA - DOWNTOWN (ATLANTA, GEORGIA)
We keep thinking of the very real (and almost inevitable) possibility of an extra-long layover at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Instead of hitting up every Jamba Juice in sight, why not hightail it over to the W Atlanta - Downtown and fork over a mere $30 for a day of poolside cocktails and sweeping panorama.
9. KIMPTON HOTEL PALOMAR SAN DIEGO (SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA)
Few places bring the sun and fun quite like San Diego. Obviously, you’re going to spend some time at the beach. However, that certainly doesn’t mean you can’t split your time between the sand and poolside snacks (and sips) at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego. And, no, $15 isn’t a typo.
10. OMNI HOUSTON HOTEL (HOUSTON, TEXAS)
With temperatures reaching well into the 90s, you're definitely going to need a spot to cool off. The Omni Houston Hotel, located near the Houston Galleria Mall in Uptown, provides a placid and upscale setting to unwind that’s replete with two outdoor swimming pools, craft cocktails and a state-of-the-art wellness center.
11. THE WILLIAM VALE (BROOKLYN, NEW YORK)
As any city dweller knows, the Big Apple gets downright soupy in the summer months. The solution? Escape the steamy streets to The William Vale for a few hours of fresh air (or at least air that’s free of car exhaust), shaded lounging and floating in one of the longest outdoor hotel pools in Brooklyn.
12. HOLSTON HOUSE NASHVILLE (NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE)
A trip to the Music City undoubtedly includes live performances, late-night bar hopping and fried chicken. But that’s why giving yourself plenty of time to recover is so essential. The rooftop at Holston House Nashville offers a refreshing pool and lounge chairs for taking a power nap.
13. KIMPTON COTTONWOOD HOTEL (OMAHA, NEBRASKA)
We’re downright obsessed with the idea of daycation at the Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel in the heart of Omaha’s lively Blackstone district. It has an outdoor resort-style pool and those wood-and-white sun loungers that always pop up on our Instagram feed, plus a bar area that serves creative cocktails and yummy nibbles.
14. HYATT REGENCY ORLANDO (ORLANDO, FLORIDA)
Disney World, Epcot, SeaWorld and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter are great. But even the biggest theme-park-lover is bound to need a break at some point. Keen to decompress? Turn your attention to the Hyatt Regency Orlando, where $15 buys access to two pools (one with a windy slide), a fitness center and spa.