I shuffle into a semi-sitting position, propped up by the heap of cushions on my day bed, and take a sip of my vivid green apple martini while surveying my surroundings. It’s all happening here, around the elegant, ‘60s-style pool at The Hollywood Roosevelt. Couples sunbathe, kids splash and giggle, and friends clink glasses as a DJ spins floaty chill-out tunes.
This is pure Los Angeles, and just how hotel pools should be in California’s sprawling, eclectic City of Angels: cool yet unpretentious, glamorous yet relaxed, family-friendly yet always ready to party. And, most of all, they should provide respite, relaxation, and ridiculously comfortable places to lounge during a weekend getaway in the midst of one of the world’s most exciting destinations.
Here are some of the best hotel pools in LA, from the ones that are best for families to the coolest places to see and be seen, sunglasses on and chilled drink in hand.