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The Best Hotel Rooftop Pools in Los Angeles

This article is part of the Hipmunk #CityLove Project

Los Angeles hotels are incredible. They’re lavish, fashionable, modern, and chic, and if you’re lucky and know where to look, most modern LA hotels will even throw in a rooftop pool.

Hotel pools in Los Angeles are an art form, and the hotels which have made this list go well beyond a space for simply swimming laps.

Taking a dip is for hotel guests only, so don’t miss out on your chance to book one of these fabulous Los Angeles hotels while in town. With California’s charmed climate and year-round sun, swimming pools are a great way to spend your day no matter what time of year in which you choose to stay.

The Standard Downtown LA

An iconic hotel pool voted by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the top 10 hotel pools in the world, the rooftop pool at The Standard Downtown LA is both hip and relaxing, with stunning panoramic views.

The site for LA’s hottest summer pool parties, this space includes vibrating water-bed pods, and guests enjoy access to a classy cocktail lounge and evening entertainment which includes movie nights and local upcoming DJs.

The Standard Downtown is an approximate 50 minute drive by private transfer from Los Angeles airport.

The Standard Downtown LA

Rooftop Pool. Photo Courtesy of The Standard Downtown LA.

The Ritz Carlton, Los Angeles

A stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the property’s beautiful rooftop pool.

Sleek and stylish, with an adjacent covered area set up for dining, this is the perfect spot to swim laps, or to just relax and retire to the comfort of a cushioned lounge chair while enjoying panoramic city views.

Hotel Wilshire

A destination in itself, the rooftop patio and pool at Kimpton’s Hotel Wilshire is a haven for hotel guests.

Private cabanas and intimate fire-pits line the pool in a sleek and trendy terrace setting, and guests also enjoy stunning panoramic views of LA with the opportunity to snap a photo of the iconic Hollywood Sign. Upload your snaps straight to social media with the hotel’s high speed Wi-Fi which reaches up to the pool.

The Roof On Wilshire

Pool atop the roof of the Wilshire. Photo courtesy of the Hotel Wilshire.

JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE

In the heart of downtown LA, the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE features an expansive outdoor rooftop pool and bar in an intimate garden setting.

Pool side seating options include deck chairs, lounge chairs, private cabanas, or outdoor couches away from the pool for those who just want to soak up the sun.

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Recline on the rooftop of Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles and enjoy sipping cocktails at the trendy rooftop bar.

Cozy seating combined with modern décor makes this the perfect spot for stargazing or sun worship in LA. An occasional yoga class will pop up in-between the hotel’s famous DJ events and pool parties.

Roof top pool Ace Hotel Downtown LA.

Poolside at the Ace Hotel Downtown LA. Photo Courtesy of Ace Hotel Downtown LA.

The Best Hotel Rooftop Pools in LA

Whether you’re looking to swim laps or just relax, Los Angeles hotels set a high standard when it comes to rooftop pools. They range from that of sophisticated luxury to hip Hollywood flair, and annually host the most talked about pool parties of the summer.

Be sure to book a hotel with a rooftop pool the next time you visit LA.

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Megan is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging since 2007, with the main aim of inspiring others to embark on their own worldwide adventure. Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

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  1. Wow! I had no idea there were so many rooftop pools at hotels there. But, I’ve never been to LA and I’d really like to go…and these hotels all look really awesome! I’d love to lounge about on a rooftop and swim there! :)

    • Lounging in a rooftop pool with views over the Hollywood sign – best way to spend your time in LA :D! I hope you manage to make a trip happen soon :)

  2. Interesting topic, and great photos. Garden roof tops are cool too.

    • Glad you enjoyed it Angelika – love garden rooftops also; maybe that should be a theme for my next post!

  3. They all sounds great but I would pick hotel wilshire…cabanas and fires? NICE! Wonder if they let you cook smores…haha

    • Hmmm they probably wouldn’t object!! I’ve found most hotels with fire-pits actually do sell smores if you ask, so may be worth the question while there!!

  4. Poolside cabanas, fire pits, cocktails and speedy wifi. Yeah I could see myself spending a week at the office atop the Wilshire Hotel Pool. lol Great write up Meg, planning a trip to LA soon so will have to keep this in mind! :-)

    • Speedy wifi was the winner for me – you’re telling me I can relax at a pool while still being connected to my wifi, yes please!!

  5. I love the look of the Hotel Wilshire’s pool!

    • Isn’t it fabulous! And love that you can see the Hollywood sign; no better view!!

  6. The only rooftop pool I’ve been to was in Athens. It was nice, but nothing as lavish as these ones! Love how the colour of the water looks bright turquoise in the first one!

    • They all look so magnificent at night – once the sun goes down and the lights turn on, the water transforms!

  7. I’ve been to Los Angeles, but my hotel did not include a rooftop pool. I am in love with rooftop anything. :)
    A pool, on the roof, and with a view of L.A. sounds perfect. Great post. I will have to return soon and make this happen.

    • I’m also in love with anything rooftop! There’s a great one in Sydney on the top of the Holiday Inn on the Rocks – has an amazing pool with views over the Harbor Bridge and Opera House, and you can really hear and feel the ambiance of the harbour – so that’s a good one to do also if you make it to Sydney :)

  8. I really wouldn’t mind spending few afternoons just relaxing at the poolside, enjoying the views of LA! :) hopefully one day!

    • Right!!! We’re going through California on our next roadtrip and have decided we really need to slow down so we can spend some time just laying back and relaxing!

  9. Ooooh I do love me a good rooftop pool with a view. The last place I stayed with a rooftop pool was Seville in Spain and the view of La Giralda whilst sipping sangria relaxing in the pool was incredible.

    • Ooooh that sounds AMAZING!! Going to hit up your blog and trawl it for those photos!!

  10. I want to go to every single one of those rooftops!

    • A rooftop swimming pool tour of LA; there are definitely worse ways to spend a day! :D

  11. These pools all look pretty amazing! I would love to try them all out–might have to plan a trip to LA to visit a few of them :)

    • Definitely do! Nothing better than a rooftop pool tour of LA :D!

  12. Look like Interesting and beautiful Picture.

    Make to me want to go to The Best Hotel Rooftop Pools in LA.

    • I hope you have the chance to enjoy the rooftop pool scene in LA soon :)

  13. Most of the people are like the rooftop pool because the rooftop pool view is awesome. So many couples are book hotels with a rooftop pool. Thanks for sharing the great information. Good Luck!

    • They are indeed a very romantic way to spend some time with your loved one, so I can definitely see why hotels with the feature rank highly on couples trips :)

      Thanks for reading Marcus!

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