Pool season is here. And with the season comes some of the hottest months of the year, ushering in Atlanta’s sweltering heat and swampy humidity. Like patios, Atlantans love a good pool. Better yet, a pool that also serves food and cold beverages while they lounge in deck chairs in the sun, relax in cool, shady cabanas, or wade in the water with a cocktail.
There are plenty of public and neighborhood pools to join offering yearly memberships around Atlanta, but these hotels and entertainment spots are the total package and include dedicated poolside bars and restaurants and sell day passes to the public. Purchase a day pass and grab a lounger or rent a private cabana with friends and spend a day pampering yourself this summer while basking by the pool.
InterContinental Atlanta — Buckhead
Plan a spa day at the Intercontinental Buckhead, which includes a heated saltwater pool, making this pool a mostly all-season affair at the hotel. Kick off the day with a facial or massage at the spa, then pop over to the pool and claim one of the plush loungers for an afternoon of relaxation, cocktails, and snacks, only interrupted by quick dips to cool off from the summer sun.
Spa day pass: Starting at $169
Thompson Hotel — Buckhead
Locals know the Thompson for its swanky Italian restaurant Dirty Rascal (The martinis here are fabulous.) But head up to the rooftop at the hotel during the summer to enjoy a day with friends by the pool. Food and drinks are available for folks lounging poolside with a day pass. Or rent a cabana for up to four people and relax in style. Both day pass holders and cabanas come with towel service.
Hyatt Centric — Buckhead
Set atop the Hyatt Centric hotel in Buckhead, spend the afternoon relaxing by the rooftop pool. A day pass to this pool includes towel service, lounge chairs, and food and drinks to order from rooftop bar Spaceman and hotel restaurant Three Arches.
Day Pass: Starting at $35
Epicurean Atlanta — Midtown
This hotel in Midtown is made for food lovers. Part of Marriott’s Autograph collection, the culinary-themed boutique hotel resides in one of three towers at the 1105 West Peachtree development and includes ground-level restaurant Reverence, Aerial Kitchen and Bar on the ninth floor terrace, and high-tech kitchen classroom Epicurean Theatre. The pool features an outdoor lounge, an open-air bar, and poolside cabana service. Cabanas are climate-controlled with TVs, WiFi, ceiling fans, and restrooms.
Cabana rental: $300 -$350 for four to six people
Moxy Atlanta — Midtown
This Midtown hotel offers both day passes and cabana rentals at its pool. A weekend day pass features towel service and the ability to order food and drinks from the hotel, along with a complimentary snack pack and bottled water upon arrival. Rent a cabana for the day with poolside food and drink service from rooftop bar High Note on the weekends. There’s a welcome cooler filled with drinks ready for you when you arrive.
The Starling — Midtown
The W Hotel in Midtown is now the Starling, a rebrand and renovation that transformed the aging Colony Square hotel in the heart of Atlanta into a Hilton property, becoming part of the brand’s boutique Curio Collection. With summer underway, the hotel offers day passes to its intimate pool on the terrace, which includes food and beverage service and the option to rent one of the four private cabanas with a dedicated server, fruit platter, water, a mini fridge and TV, and bottle service. Spa day and fitness packages with pool access are also available.
Leave of Absence (LOA) — the Interlock/Howell Mill Road
Operated by Slater Hospitality, the group behind Ponce City Market rooftop amusement park Skyline Park and restaurant Nine Mile Station, Leave of Absence (LOA) features a 300-seat restaurant, an indoor-outdoor bar and lounge called the Grove, and a resort-style pool complete with sun loungers and cabanas and its own bar. A private cabana at LOA includes towel service, shower access, a dedicated server, and a menu of fruits and cheeses, seafood towers, caviar, and cocktails. There’s also the option to order from the pool bar, featuring shrimp tacos, skirt steak gyros, a burger, and octopus ceviche paired with breezy cocktails. Day passes, lounge chair passes, and season passes to the pool are also available. Make sure to read the fine print on these pool passes and cabana rentals.
The W Hotel — Downtown
The rooftop pool on the 16th floor of the W hotel in downtown Atlanta features serious city views, live music on the weekends, and cocktails and food for purchase from its poolside bar. No need to worry about those pop-up thunderstorms during the summer, as this pool is covered. Both weekday and weekend day passes are offered, with a weekday pass including food and drinks from the room service menu and poolside delivery. Massage and spa day passes are also available with access to the pool.
The Omni at Battery Atlanta — Cobb County
Love baseball and relaxing by the pool during the summer? Book a day pass to the pool at the Omni Hotel at Battery Atlanta, which just so happens to overlook Truist Park, home of the Braves. Food and drinks are available to order from the hotel. A Saturday pool pass features a DJ in the afternoon, while a Sunday pool pass offers games starting at 5 p.m. Both weekend day passes include a special food and drink menu.
Day pass: $60 to $100