Shhh…don’t tell anyone but these hotels will allow locals to swim in their pools. Memorial Day weekend usually marks the time several hotels in the city will allow locals to cool off in their pools.
Most of these hotels only require a fee or food and drink purchase 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.
W New Orleans - French Quarter
Weekends beginning May 25 through Labor Day, New Orleans residents can lounge at the hotel’s lush WET Deck Passes are $20 and include two signature cocktails from the poolside menu. On Sundays, DJ Jammin’ Jorge amps up the atmosphere with Sunday Vibrations as he spins from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dive-in Movies take place once a month on Sundays (June 17, July 15 and August 19). The hotel also has other fun summer happenings. Check them out here.
On Sundays starting June 3 through August 26, the hotel will sell pool passes for $15 for locals, age 21 and older. Pool hours are 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Admission includes rooftop pool access with lounge chairs, custom Backgammon sets and European-inspired music, one towel rental and access to the pool bar. A limited number of passes are available for each date. The hotel also offers cabana packages to non-hotel guests on Friday through Sunday for $350. Cabana packages include private, covered seating poolside for up to six people, a $100 food and beverage credit and two pairs of custom Le Méridien sunglasses.
The rooftop pool at Ace Hotel is one of the hottest spots in town. In order to use it, guests have to pay a $20 food and beverage fee on weekdays and $20 entrance fee on the weekends. Price includes towel and adult admission. 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.
Most locals might be surprised to know they can use the rooftop (the fourth floor to be exact) pool at the Roosevelt, but there’s a catch. You must have a 90-minute spa appointment or rent a cabana to use it. Cabanas accommodate eight people and will cost $185 on Monday through Thursday and $275 on weekends. The cabana rental is for six hours and includes bottled water and fresh fruit.
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. Pool hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Drifter Hotel
This self-proclaimed hotel for the “wanderers and drifters” adds a swim club to their offerings this year. The spot regularly throws pool parties where you can get in for around $10 to $15. The Drifter launches its membership program this year, providing 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 can join for $199. Membership forms are available on the site.