Swimming Pools in Hollywood
It doesn't matter if you're looking to improve your tan, beat the heat or get some cardio in—swimming pools are there for you, and Hollywood is home to a number of them. If you're looking for a refreshing pool day, staycation or a good spot to swim some laps, a bevy of aquatic options near the bustle of Hollywood Boulevard await. What are you waiting for? Grab your swimsuit. The water's great.
W Hollywood Hotel
Spend the day soaking up the sun while staying cool at Wet Deck, the W Hollywood's rooftop pool. Perched above Hollywood Boulevard, the Wet Deck boasts excellent opportunities for people watching as well as views of the Hollywood Hills and downtown Hollywood. You'll feel connected to the energy, but removed enough to unwind. Sip cocktails poolside from the pool bar on a day pass or enjoy them in your private, pre-booked cabana. To book either, visit resortpass.com.
W Hollywood Hotel: 6250 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028. 323.798.1300
The Hollywood Roosevelt
When you swim in the Hollywood Roosevelt's Tropicana Pool, you experience a masterpiece. The David Hockney-designed mural features iconic water-like squiggles at the bottom of the pool, adding to the stylish, romantic feel of the landmark Spanish Colonial-style hotel. To enjoy the pool, drop in at one of its summer parties, held on Fridays and Saturdays, or apply to become one of the elite few who hold a Tropicana Seasonal Pass, which grants pool access, among a number of other amenities.
Hollywood Roosevelt: 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028. 323.466.7000
Loews Hollywood Hotel
With a stay at the Loews Hollywood Hotel at Hollywood and Highland, guests can enjoy access to a heated outdoor pool and free cabanas. Five stories above Hollywood Boulevard, the pool is a part of a serene terrace, which incorporates parts of the set from the silent film, "Intolerance." To top it all off, the scene comes with prime views of the Hollywood Sign.
Loews Hollywood Hotel: 1755 N Highland Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028. 323.856.1200
One of the newest in the Hollywood pool scene, Dream Hotel's pool, lounge and grill, The Highlight Room, lives up to its name. Located atop the hotel, The Highlight Room's 11,000 square foot pool and party space boasts exclusive views of the Hollywood Hills and Downtown Los Angeles available only to hotel guests.
Dream Hotel: 6417 Selma Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028. 323.844.6417
Hollywood Wilshire YMCA
If your gym doesn't have a pool, or you're looking to just swim a few laps, the Hollywood YMCA's $25 daily guest pass allows non-members to partake of its 20-meter pool—and a side of culture. The Spanish Colonial Revival-style facility, designed and built in 1927 by architect Paul Williams, is punctuated with ceramic and terra cotta details you wouldn't normally see at a gym.
YMCA: 1553 N. Schrader Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028. 323.467.4161
If you'd rather swim indoors, L.A. Fitness's heated indoor pool in Hollywood will help you get your cardio in without risking a sunburn. If you're not a member of the gym, don't sweat it. Sign up for a free guest pass if you're willing to hear about the recent promotions, or pay a $15 fee for a one-day pass. Either way, be sure to pack your goggles!
LA Fitness: 1628 N. El Centro Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028. 323.461.0227
To swim in one of Equinox Hollywood's three lap lanes, you'll have to first book a spa treatment, if you're not a member. Choose from a variety of massages, facials and body treatments to gain access to the gym for the day. The only other way to get a pass is through knowing another member, so you might as well treat yourself.
1550 N Vine St, Hollywood, CA 90028. 323.471.0130 (spa)
Hillary Jackson is a Los Angeles-based writer who has written for Washington Post, The Week, The Muse, and Architectural Digest.