Hotel pools that allow locals to swim in New Orleans

Shhh…don’t tell anyone but these hotels will allow locals to swim in their pools. During the summer months, several hotels in the city will allow non-hotel guests to cool off in their pools.

Most of these hotels only require a reservation and fee to let you inside. 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.

Here's a list of pools that will take in the locals.

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The Chloe

The Chloe Hotel has become a go-to destination on St. Charles Avenue for its signature restaurant and bar. The hotel also recently earned a spot on Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2021 ‘It List of Best New Hotels.’

Day guests can enjoy the Chloe’s backyard tropical oasis by reserving four-hour sessions for access to the pool. Tickets for the pool open at 8 a.m. for same-day reservations only. Sessions last from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The cost is $40 for a lounge chair and one complimentary drink per session or $80 for a table per session with up to four complimentary drinks.

Guests are also welcome to the Pool Bar and back deck from morning to sundown for drinks and light bites. Open seating at the pool bar is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Pool guests must be 21 years or older.

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Photo courtesy: Ace Hotel

Ace Hotel

The rooftop pool at Ace Hotel has always been a trendy spot, especially in the summer months.

Plus, for the first time ever, Alto will offer a full-slate of open to the public programming this summer. In order to use the pool, non-hotel guests must pay a $20 cover charge on Mondays to Thursdays and a $30 cover charge on weekends.

Here’s the deal: Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability. And hotel guests come first.

Pool hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Get there early to ensure yourself a spot.

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Photo courtesy: NOPSI Hotel

NOPSI Hotel

At NOPSI Hotel, non-hotel guests are allowed to swim with a view of the skyline by securing a resort pass for rooftop pool at Above the Grid.

The day pass, which starts at $40, includes access to the pool, poolside food and drink service, complimentary towels and complimentary wifi.

NOPSI also offers day passes to book a cabana for up to four people which includes bottles of water for the group and a complimentary bottle of prosecco on Fridays and Saturdays. The cost for the cabana starts at $150.

Pool hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and day cabana hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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The Drifter Hotel

The Drifter Hotel on Tulane Avenue will offer “Drifting Away” sessions and swim memberships this summer. The two-hour sessions cost $15, with times ranging from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The hotel also has an annual Swimclub Membership for year-round access for a member plus one guest to the private swimming pool, pool bar and courtyard. The annual fee is $299. Service industry members and essential workers can join at a discounted price. Membership forms are available on the site.

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Photo courtesy: The Roosevelt 

The Roosevelt New Orleans

While The Roosevelt’s pool isn’t exactly open to locals, they are able to get in either by being a spa club member or by renting a cabana for the day.

Cabana prices range from $200 on weekdays and $400 on weekends. Cabana rentals come with complimentary water and fresh fruit.

Pool hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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The Country Club

Ok, so it’s not a hotel, but this Bywater restaurant has a lush outdoor pool area for mixing and mingling.

The daily pool fee is $20, or you can get an annual membership pass for $499. Pool chairs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and towels and locker rentals are $2 each.

Only people who are 21 or older with a valid ID will be allowed on the premises.

The pool is open daily from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. with a happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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