Five New Orleans hotel pools open to a public

June 21, 2016 - garden totes

While “Olympic-sized swimming pool” is a current devise for one’s lottery winnings, more short-term solutions are accessible for nautical summer fun. At some downtown hotels, new programs concede city residents to dash alongside hotel guests. The hotels and restaurants mentioned next offer varying degrees of pool access, along with border advantages such as film screenings, cabanas and qualification cocktails.

Alto during a Ace Hotel (600 Carondelet St., 504-900-1180; — The Instagram-ready rooftop restaurant, pool and patio have a thespian perspective of CBD skyscrapers, manicured leaflet and faux-rustic lightbulbs unresolved over loll chairs. In further to hotel guests, a pool is open to congregation of a restaurant, that specializes in summer snacks like skewered meats and cheeseburgers. The dainty qualification cocktail menu has a vibe that rooftop bar manager Josh Hall describes as “Weekend during Bernie’s meets Midnight In a Garden of Good and Evil.”

The Country Club (634 Louisa St., 504-945-0742; — Though it gets swarming on summer weekends, this saltwater pool and prohibited cylinder adjacent to a grill can’t be kick for grown-up sunbathing and margarita-drinking with occasional dips in a water. For a best experience, stop by during a week to massage elbows with off-duty bartenders and waiters and varying brands of Bywater residents, or take advantage of ignored pool entrance after 5 p.m. ($8).

Loews New Orleans (300 Poydras St., 504-595-3300; — Sun-averse forms can suffer a 50-foot exhilarated saltwater pool in a hotel’s Balance Spa with a membership to a sauna and aptness area. At $45 a month (with a three-month commitment), it’d be a good trade-in for an existent gym membership. The Swizzle Stick Bar (504-595-3405; on a hotel’s belligerent building has a reliably quirky brew of locals and tourists for post-pool drinks and chats.

The Roosevelt (130 Roosevelt Way, 504-648-1200; — Feeling Gatsbyish? Spend a afternoon in glamorous repose in a cabana during a Roosevelt’s pool. Cabana rentals are open to hotel guest and locals, and yet they aren’t inexpensive ($175-$350), they accommodate 8 people and have amenities such as a personal cocktail waiter, uninformed towels, fruit plates, a fridge stocked with Red Bull and H2O and lagniappe like solidified pops. Goofy hulk chess and checkers sets on a pool’s atmospheric patio assistance pass a time.

W Hotel French Quarter (316 Chartres St., 504-581-1200; — Every Sunday by Labor Day (except during Essence Fest weekend), 10 would-be swimmers can squeeze a day pass ($25) to float during a compress yard pool during a W. At only underneath 6 feet deep, it’s a ideal abyss for floating. The hotel’s monthly “dive-in movies” benefaction a classical film for swimmers; watch a Facebook page ( for updates.

If You Must Sneak In

Under a aria of long, breathless summers, New Orleanians have prolonged taken matters into their possess hands by unctuous into hotel pools with guests-only policies. Gambit does not acquit trespassing. But as a totally suppositious suspicion experiment, we advise a following strategy for accessing hotel pools but permission.

Dress a part. Wear your swimsuit underneath your clothes, as many hotels don’t yield a locker room nearby a pool area. Carry a trek rather than a reduction watchful beach tote.

Count on a esteem of staff. Woe to a untimely front table worker who incidentally second-guesses a VIP guest; as prolonged as we secrete confidence, it’s doubtful anyone will ask credentials.

Build your certainty by calling ahead. Ask what building a pool is on and if we need a keycard to get in.

No key? No problem. Linger outward a doorway to a pool area until someone comes out. (This also works on key-activated elevators; if you’re nervous, act perplexed and rummage by your bag as if in office of an erring key.)

  On a approach in or out, buy a splash at
the hotel or pool bar as a thanks. It’s just
good manners.

More totes ...

› tags: garden totes /