Hotel Pools That Allow Locals to Swim in New Orleans – NOLA Weekend
NEW ORLEANS (NOLA WEEKEND) – Looking for a pool this summer to beat the Louisiana heat? During the summer months, a number of New Orleans hotel pools will allow non-hotel guests to swim.
This summer trend has grown stronger in recent years, and many hotels are allowing residents to enjoy pool amenities again this season.
Some hotels, like The Chloe and Royal Sonesta New Orleans, also host special events to add more summer vibes to the pool. All charge a fee or require a service purchase for pool use.
Here is a list of hotel swimming pools to discover this summer. Contact each hotel for details.
Did we miss a hotel pool that will allow locals? Let us know here. Check back for updates throughout the summer.
The Pool Club at Virgin Hotels New Orleans
The Pool Club, located on the 13th-floor rooftop of chic Virgin Hotels New Orleans, is a hot spot for cooling off this summer.
Non-hotel guests can access the pool Monday through Thursday with the purchase of a $25 pool pass, but the hotel says seats aren’t included. Non-hotel guests can visit the Pool Club without access to the swimming pool from Friday to Sunday from 3 p.m. However, the hotel does offer couch rentals, VIP experiences, and other group packages that include weekend pool access.
Visit Virgin Hotels website for more details.
Le Chloe, the bustling boutique hotel on Avenue Saint-Charles, allows day guests to take a dip during open summer swim sessions at the hotel’s quaint pool bar. Access is available to non-room guests for $25 per person on a first-come, first-bath basis, with limited availability. Swimming hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and pool patrons must be 21 years of age or older.
The hotel also launched a Sunday Summer Series with Sunday DJ sessions all summer long from May 29 to September 11. Guests can party poolside with several New Orleans DJs, including Antwigadee, DJ Otto, Kelly Green, Legatron Prime, Pell, Tristan Dufrene, DJ G, and PassTheJeffrey.
For more details, visit the website.
Viola at the Ace Hotel
Day passes are available from 11 a.m. at $40 per person or 3 p.m. at $30 per person. Spaces for day passes are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority for hotel guests.
The Drifter Hotel
The Drifter Hotel’s saltwater pool awaits in its original oasis on Tulane Avenue. This year, the spot returns with its slate of summer pool parties.
Guests can also pre-book two-hour “Drift Away” pool sessions online for $10 at the hotel. reservation website. A year-round Swimclub membership is also available for $299 and includes admission for one guest. All guests must be 21 years and older with a valid ID to enter.
The Roosevelt of New Orleans
Some locals might be surprised to learn that they can use the Roosevelt New Orleans rooftop pool under special circumstances. Residents can take advantage of the pool with a cabana rental or a spa appointment.
Half-day cabana rentals are $200 Monday through Thursday and $300 on weekends, plus tax and tip. Two time slots are available 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Guests can also rent a cabana for a full day, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekends, taxes and tip not included. To reserve a cabana, you can email [email protected]
Private cabana rentals include seating for up to 10 people, a shaded day bed, towels, chilled bottled water, fresh fruit, and a complimentary pitcher of draft beer or lemonade.
Additionally, spa guests who received a 50-minute massage or facial have access to the pool after their services. See more details of the rooftop pool via the website.
Non-hotel guests can relax by the Windsor Court rooftop saltwater escape pool by booking through Resort Pass.
Rates start at $60 for Monday-Thursday bookings and $100 for Friday-Sunday bookings. Day passes for children are $25.
Access includes swimming pool, towel service and free sunscreen. Pool hours are 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Blackout dates apply if the hotel is full and the pool is expected to be occupied by hotel guests.
Above the Grid at the NOPSI Hotel
Guests can soak up the magnificent views while enjoying multiple day pass options. During Friday Night Heights DJ Sessions or Saturday Music Sessions, passes start at $30. Regular day passes start at $50 and other higher priced passes include private cabanas.
Regular pool hours are Monday through Saturday 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Hotel Royal Sonesta
The Royal Sonesta New Orleanswhich dubs itself the “crown jewel of the French Quarter,” also offers an escape from the summer heat.
This summer, the hotel is launching Sonesta Sundays every week from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in its Oasis Pool Bar. A $50 pool pass includes a free 16oz. daiquiri and complimentary valet parking. The event also offers weekly live entertainment and access to the pool bar and menu. View pool pass schedule here.
Okay, so it’s not a hotel, but the Bywater Restaurant is a popular spot with a lush outdoor pool with a poolside cabana serving food and drinks. Daily pool rates at the Country Club are $20, which may vary due to special events and holidays. The spot also offers an annual pass for $499.
The swimming pool is open daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., last entry for the general public at 9 p.m. Visit the website for more details.
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