If you don’t own a house with a pool or have a friend that owns one, then the next best thing is to visit a hotel pool. However, most hotels won’t allow non-guests to use their pools. Here are a few that will take in the locals. Keep in mind these pools can get crowded, and it’s first come first serve. So, if you don’t get there early, you may not get a spot.
On Saturdays and Sundays, locals who are 21 and older can visit this rooftop pool between the hours of 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. For a $15 fee, you get a complimentary drink. On Sundays, a DJ provides music. If you have a little more money in your budget, rent a poolside cabana for $350. This accommodates six people and comes with bottle service, water, valet parking, fruit and chips and salsa. The locals’ special runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. You can make reservations online.
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The rooftop pool at Ace Hotel is one of the hottest spots in town right now. In order to use it, guests have to spend $20, which is pretty easy considering you’ll probably order drinks and grab a bite. The only catch is that hotel guests come first, so if the pool gets crowded you won’t get in. Pool hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Get there early to ensure yourself a spot.
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Most locals might be surprised to know they can use the rooftop (fourth floor to be exact) pool at the Roosevelt, but there’s a catch. You must have a spa appointment or rent a cabana to use it. Cabanas accommodate six people and will run you $350, but it includes bottled water and fresh fruit. Spa treatments start at $25.
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Windsor Court Hotel
The Windsor Court’s pool policy is similar to the Roosevelt’s. Book a spa appointment, and you can use the pool and fitness center all day long. If you want to use the spa facilities, pool and fitness center without a spa appointment, it’s going to cost you $75.
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W New Orleans - French Quarter
Every Sunday beginning May 28 through Labor Day, locals can soak up the sun at WET, the courtyard pool at the W French Quarter. Purchase a $30 pool pass, and apply it to any food and drinks you order throughout the day. Other happenings at the W pool are free “Dive In” movies where you can swim while watching Julia Roberts movies in honor of her 50th birthday. Check the website for dates and times.
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Omni Royal Orleans
For $20 — which includes two free drinks –locals can use the rooftop pool at this French Quarter hotel seven days a week. Views of the French Quarter and Mississippi River are included at no additional charge. Pool hours are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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The Country Club
It’s not a hotel, but this Bywater restaurant has a lush outdoor pool area with a poolside cabana serving food and drinks. The pool is open from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. The fee is $10 Monday through Wednesday and $15 Thursday through Sunday, or you can get an annual pass for $299.
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The Drifter Hotel
A popular pool spot along Tulane Avenue may seem out of place, but we guess anything goes since the recent economic boom in Mid-City. This self-proclaimed hotel for the “wanderers and drifters” offers $5 pool passes during the week and $10 on the weekend. The pool opens around 10 a.m. until the bar closes.