It’s hot guys, really hot. This midwestern bug wasn’t quite prepared for the heat of the swamp once I got down here. And why does it stay so hot so late into the night?? Thank god for the New Orleans pools though. If you can manage to work around the imminent afternoon rainstorms, relaxing at the pool can be the perfect cure to your summer swamp blues.
These are our favorite New Orleans pools for summertime swimming:
Alto at the Ace Hotel
The Alto is the Ace Hotel’s swanky rooftop bar in the heart of the Central Business District. Day passes are available from 11am – ’til at $40 per person. For those looking to visit in the latter half of the day from 3pm – ’til is $30 per person. Alto is 21+ only for non-hotel guests. Seating is available on a first come-first serve basis.
600 Carondelet St. / (504) 900-1180
The Chloe Hotel
From 11am to sunset, visit the pool at The Chloe. All seating spaces, lounge chairs and tables, are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Access is available to non-room guests for $25 / person. Pool access is limited to guests aged 21+.Guests will also enjoy access to their tequila, mezcal and rum spirits-focused bar program and extended happy hour from 3:00pm – 5:30pm.
4125 St Charles Ave.
The Country Club
Beat the Louisiana heat and mix and mingle in one of New Orleans best-kept secrets in the Bywater/Marigny at The Country Club. Their Back Private Club’s lush landscape is the perfect oasis for locals and tourists to come together for food, drink and fun. They offer both day passes and memberships for those looking to visit year-round. They are open 7 days a week from 10am – 11pm. Happy hour is served from 4-7pm, Monday – Friday.
The poolside cabana and bar has been a local favorite for over 40 years. Passes are $20 for day of $499 for an annual pass.
634 Louisa St. / (504) 945-0742
The Drifter Hotel
Small but mighty, The Drifter Hotel in Midcity has remained a favorite. With a lineup of events including poolside yoga and local DJs, plenty of seating, and a solid cocktail menu, The Drifter is a good and more affordable pick.
The Drifter’s poolside bar sits in the courtyard of the quaint hotel digs. Daily entry ranges from $10 – $20 for 2-hour increments, with event tickets going for a bit more. Frequent swimmers can purchase a Swim Club membership that provides year round access for yourself plus one guest to the private Swimming Pool (heated in the cooler months), Pool Bar, and Private Courtyard Space.
3522 Tulane Ave. / (504) 605-4644
Virgin Hotels New Orleans’ The Pool Club is the newest on the block. Hotel guests can enjoy pool access and complimentary access to poolside loungers available on a first-come, first-serve basis daily. Non-hotel guests are invited to visit the 13th floor for pool access with the purchase of a Pool Pass, a limited amount is available daily.
VIP Pool Club experiences with a poolside sofa are also available for those celebrating special occasions including bachelorette parties. Reach out to the Virgin Hotels’ Life of the Party, Rae, at Raeanna.Shearsby@VirginHotels.com to book.
550 Baronne Street / (504) 603-8000
W New Orleans
Through ResortPass, non-hotel guests can experience a lively daycation in the heart and soul of the city at the W New Orleans – French Quarter, a vibrant oasis in the center of it all. Soak up the sun in a chaise lounge at the WET deck and outdoor courtyard pool while sipping hand-crafted cocktails.
A Deck Day Pass is $45 per person with pool access from 6 am – 11 pm.
316 Chartres St. / (504) 581-1200
Spyre New Orleans
Cutting-edge health professionals, a wide range of therapeutic healing modalities, and community education all under one roof– New Orleans has never seen a centralized holistic healing center like Spyre. The Spyre “soul center” provides state-of-the-art healing facilities such as an infrared sauna, hot and cold hydrotherapy, a saltwater lap pool, a dry float tank, and a meditation room to encourage soulful contemplation. An oasis within Spyre’s lush courtyard, the 1,130-square-foot heated saltwater pool features two bookable swim lanes and a therapy bar for in-water aerobics.
The Well Cafe offers dine-in and takeaway healthy food options.” Check out Spyre’s social media here.
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Featured image: The Pool Club at Virgin Hotels New Orleans