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10 of the best hotel pools in the US

July 14, 2022
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Is there anything better in life than spending a lazy day lounging in the sun by a pool? Probably not, unless your idea of the perfect pool day is floating in a larger-than-life lazy river or chasing your kiddos around a pool with a kid-friendly splash pad or wave pool.

Whatever your version of an ideal pool day is, it all starts with the swimming pool. Thankfully, here in the U.S., we have more incredible hotel pools than we could ever possibly write about.

That said, we have gathered a handful of our favorites from sea to shining sea. These include pools with knockout views you have to see to believe, ones with incredible cabanas and others that are just so fun and functional that you'll never want to leave.

From the Las Vegas Strip to the theme parks of Orlando, and everywhere in between, here are some of the best hotel pools in the U.S. to consider for your next trip.

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Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts

(Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

In Orlando, there's no shortage of activities — and there's certainly no shortage of pools.

One of the best in Orlando (and the country) can be found on the grounds of Disney World shared between two Disney resorts: Disney's Yacht Club and Beach Club. Called Stormalong Bay, this 3-acre pool complex is basically a water park complete with a trio of leisure pools (including a sand-bottom pool); a 230-foot-long waterslide, a lazy river and an elevated tanning area.

How to book: At two of the more expensive properties at Walt Disney World, rates easily reach over $500 a night. However, with the help of a free Disney Vacation Planner you can have help planning your trip from a Disney expert who might be able to help you find a better deal.

Related: Hotel with the best pool complex at Disney World: Review of Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

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Four Seasons Philadelphia

(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

When we think about incredible pools, our minds don't usually go straight to indoor pools — unless you're familiar with the luxe Four Seasons Philadelphia. Located on the 57th floor of the Downtown Philly hotel, the 30,000-gallon infinity-edge pool is reserved exclusively for hotel guests and boasts some of the most incredible views of the city, all seen from the comfort of heated water.

It's open all year long, so hotel guests can take in those stunning views or sit back with a healthy bento box meal delivered to your lounge chair straight even while it's snowing outside.

How to book: Though we're hoping it'll happen someday, Four Seasons still doesn't have a loyalty program. Cash rates at the Four Seasons Philadelphia can be found from upwards of $800 a night. There is some good news, however. Four Seasons is a member of American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts, a program for cardholders with the Platinum Card® from American Express (and other Centurion- and Platinum-branded cards), that offers complimentary breakfast, guaranteed 4 p.m. late checkout, upgrades and a $100 spa credit.

Related: Why the new Four Seasons in Philly is the perfect weekend getaway

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

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Everything's bigger in Texas — and that's exactly the case at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa.

There, guests will find more water action than most resorts, including a 9-acre water park with multiple waterslides, a 1,100-foot lazy river, a kid's pool with a zero-depth beach entry, an activity pool and even an adults-only pool. So, whatever your preferred vacation style, everyone who visits this Marriott Bonvoy-associated resort can find the perfect pool to beat the intense heat of the Texas Hill Country.

How to book: Cash rates at this JW Marriott start as low as $303 a night, though you'll likely find more availability closer to $400 and above. Marriott Bonvoy award nights start at 41,000 a night. Right now, with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card, you could earn 3 Free Night Awards (each night valued up to 50,000 points) after you spend $3,000 on purchases in your first three months from your account opening. Certain hotels have resort fees.

Resorts World Las Vegas

(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

In Sin City, choosing a hotel based on its pool is an overwhelming experience because there are just so many great options.

Those trying to trade in some points for a stay at a property with one of those pools should look no further than Hilton's Resorts World. It's home to three different hotels in one massive complex: The Las Vegas Hilton, The Conrad Las Vegas and the luxury-focused Crockfords Las Vegas.

Related: We stayed at the first new casino in Vegas in a decade – and it accepts points

At the property's 5.5-acre pool complex, located outside on the 5th floor, guests will find a handful of different pools to experience. That includes the large Main Pool where guests can reserve daybeds with a dedicated server, side table, pool-side concierge, towel service and shade.

There's also a family pool with rentable cabanas; the Bimini Pool with oversized games and activities; the Cabana pool where guests can rent cabanas with amenities like a television, refrigerator, coffee table and misting fan; and a VIP pool.

How to book: Because there are three different Hilton Honors-associated hotels here, rates vary depending on where you want to stay. Rates at the Las Vegas Hilton start at $120 per night or 42,000 and 70,000 points. The Conrad can be found starting at $173 per night or 54,000 to 80,000 points. Crockfords start at $300 a night or 80,000 to 95,000 points per night.

The West Hollywood Edition

(Photo by Nick Ellis/The Points Guy)

If you want to take in the sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills and the Los Angeles skyline, there's no better place to do it than from the pool at the celebrity-friendly West Hollywood Edition.

High in the hills, the pool offers wooden lounge chairs and lush greenery throughout to complement the stunning California sunsets and sunrises that are a must to take in while visiting this Marriott Bonvoy property. For food and drink, The Roof offers pool guests a wide arrange of drinks, including "tropical-inspired cocktails with Southern California flair" and an extensive list of tequilas and mezcals.

How to book: Through the end of 2022, cash rates for the West Hollywood Edition, including access to its rooftop pool, start at $466 a night. For folks with Marriott Bonvoy points to blow, nightly redemptions start at 77,500 points.

Fairmont Kea Lani

(Photo courtesy of Fairmont)

It's tough to imagine sitting by a pool in Hawaii when you're surrounded by the beauty of the ocean and mountains across the island. However, at the Fairmont kea Lani in Maui, it's really not that hard because there are plenty of incredible pools.

At this all-suite Fairmont, there are two lagoon pools joined by a 140-foot waterslide, two whirlpools and a kids pool called a Keiki with a basketball hoop. There's also an adults-only serenity pool tucked away from the others.

Guests can rent cabanas around the three different main pools with access to chilled water, juices and sodas with the reservation, plus complimentary snacks. All guests can enjoy lunch and cocktails from Ko Restaurant and Ama Bar & Grill, as well as grab water toys from the Pool Pavilion and free sunscreen.

How to book: TPG senior writer Katie Genter recently reported on the best points hotels you can book with points in Maui and shared that rates at the Fairmont Kea Lani, the only Accor Live Limitless (ALL) property on the island, starts at $955 a night. ALL Members can trade in 2,000 ALL Rewards points for 40 euros (about $40 at this time) off a stay, meaning that for 44,000 ALL Reward points (and an additional $31) the suites and pool access could be yours.

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

(Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

When it comes to swimming pools, Disney knows what it's doing — that's why it's got two entries on this list. This time, we're looking at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, one of the most popular hotels in all of Hawaii, especially for folks traveling with family.

Called the Waikolohe Valley pool area, this resort has something for everyone: pools with ocean views, a kid's pool and the main Waikolohe pool, and an 8,200-square-foot zero-entry pool with a waterslide in a volcano. Hotel guests can rent cabanas, dine poolside and forget the realities of the real world while splashing and relaxing under the big Hawaii sky.

How to book: Cash rates at this top-tier Disney property don't come cheap and are usually upwards of $700 a night.

Related: Where Disney and Hawaii Intersect: Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

(Photo courtesy of Marriott)

Another contender from Las Vegas, the pools at the Cosmpolitan — a popular Strip resort with ties to Marriott Bonvoy — are where people go to bake in the sun and the flashing lights of Las Vegas Boulevard.

Of the two pools, the Boulevard Pool reigns supreme with its fourth-floor location overlooking the Strip. Folks who head up to this pool deck can book cabanas with a server and complimentary fruit plate or just opt for a daybed. The pool frequently features live entertainment and "dive-in" movies. However, you can always hit up the bar for a refreshing drink to cool you down from the desert heat.

How to book: Find cash rates at The Cosmpolitan for as low as $120 a night if you look hard and your dates are flexible. Vegas is famous for its fluctuating rates, though, so don't be shocked if to see stays here cost upwards of $500 a night (or more) on various weekends. The Cosmpolitan is also a Marriott Bonvoy resort with award availability starting at 70,000 points per night.

Related: Book this, not that: Las Vegas points hotels

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

(Photo courtesy of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge)

There's no skyline like the New York City skyline — and there's really no better place to take it in than at the rooftop pool at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge.

Located in Brooklyn Heights near the trendy DUMBO neighborhood, this hotel is prime Brooklyn real estate. However, the real star of the show is the pool. It's reserved for hotel guests, but reservations are required and limited to two-hour slots. Food and drinks are served from Harriet's Rooftop which stays open even after the pool closes at 7 p.m.

How to book: Rates at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge vary throughout the year. In the busy summer months, rooms start around $400 a night during weekdays and closer to $550 on weekends.

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

(Photo courtesy of Mary Kate Heaney/The Points Guy)

Another resort with a pool area that doubles as a water park, the Westin Kierland in Scottsdale, Arizona, is the perfect place to take the kids (or kids at heart) to enjoy a day basking in the sun, splashing in the water and racking up some Marriott Bonvoy points along the way.

At Adventure Water Park, guests can ride a 110-foot waterslide, float along a lazy river or ride on a surfing simulator that feels more California than Arizona desert. There you can rent a cabana to get a little shade or reserve a Tommy Bahama Relaxation Reef that's basically a private island right in the middle of it all. If that's just too much, the adults-only pool is the ideal spot for folks to relax without a child in sight.

How to book: In the very hot summer months, find rooms as low as $166. As the Phoenix area cools down in the fall, rates go up significantly, easily upwards of $500 a night. Award nights can be found as low as 41,000 points per night and as high as 60,000 points per night.

Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
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