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.
The rooftop pool at Ace Hotel is one of the hottest spots in town. In order to use it, locals have to pay a $5 entrance fee on Monday through Thursday and $20 entrance fee on Friday through Sunday. 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 10 p.m. Get there early to ensure yourself a spot.
At NOPSI Hotel, locals are invited to the weekly Sunday Swim Society at the dynamic rooftop pool and bar, Above the Grid. Locals can swim with a view of the skyline every Sunday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. A DJ spins on the rooftop to liven up the vibe from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The rooftop bar is also open for non-hotel guests, but remember that there is a smart casual dress code for bar patrons. Bar hours on Sunday are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. This is the only time that locals are allowed in this pool, so it is definitely an opportunity to seize. Admission is free.
W New Orleans - French Quarter
The W New Orleans hotel in the French Quarter offers its WET Deck Pool Passes for weekdays and weekends through the end of August. Admission for locals is $20, which includes day admission for one, a $15 credit for food and drinks while there on weekdays and a $20 credit on weekends. Tickets for weekday and weekend passes can be purchased online.
Windsor Court Hotel
Here’s another daycation escape: The Windsor Court Hotel is offering day passes to use hotel’s rooftop pool. The Day Pass includes access to the pool, the poolside bar, fitness center and the outdoor lounge area with 60″ flat screen TVs. Guests also get sunscreen, towel service and complementary wi-fi. Day passes for adults start at $30 and children start at $15. Infants are admitted for free.
The Drifter Hotel
This self-proclaimed hotel for the “wanderers and drifters” has a swim club included in their offerings. The only catch to this place is that it is strictly a 21 and up venue. The spot is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and to midnight on weekends. The entrance fee is $5 on weekdays and $10 on weekends. The Drifter has a membership program that provides 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 at a discounted price. Membership forms are available on the site.
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. Non-hotel guests can also get access to the pool by visiting the Rooftop Pop-up series every Thursday until June 6 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
The Country Club
Ok, so 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 daily from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. with a happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The daily pool fee is $15, or you can get an annual pass for $299. Pool chairs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and towel and locker rentals are $2 each. Only people who are 21 or older with a valid ID will be allowed on the premises.
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