Los Angeles is a city plagued by stereotypes, both good and bad. To some, it’s a cesspool of vapid fame seekers. To others, it might as well be renamed Shangri-LA. If there’s a single avatar for both points of view it’s the swimming pool (David Hockney knew it), representing effortless splendor as well as the cluelessness of privilege. Tap into summertime nirvana with these poolside soirees at L.A. hotels.
Viceroy Santa Monica
The last Havana Nights of the summer on July 26 features South American-inspired tapas and cocktails paired with the alluring beats of a late-night DJ. 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica.
The Hollywood hotel’s lavish Tropicana Pool Bar ignites every Tuesday night for NightSwim, where A-list musicians like Daft Punk, Thom Yorke, and Questlove take the DJ reins for an evening. 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.
Revered for its swanky vibes and breathtaking view of downtown, the Rooftop at the slick hotel comes alive with various poolside events. Swimming with Sharks on August 3 promises free vodka Jell-O shots, $4 beers, $35 champagne, and live DJs. The flyer reads: “Bring waterguns and your a-game.” 8300 Sunset Blvd., downtown.
Panoramic views, oversized day-beds, and special guest DJs encapsulate Sundays at the Skybar pool. For a moonlit swim, check out Night Swim each Wednesday from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. 8440 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood.
W Los Angeles Westwood
Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the W hosts WET Weekends featuring live DJs, lush cabanas, cocktails, and bites from The Backyard restaurant. 930 Hilgard Ave., Westwood.
SLS Beverly Hills
The Altitude pool sits on the hotel’s sixth floor where it offers views of Beverly Hills and the Hollywood Hills along with indulgent snacks and cocktails. The SLS Seafood Bowl includes king crab, lobster, sea urchin, shrimp, scallops, and oysters. Check out Altitude on weekends for a posh day club atmosphere. 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles.
Thompson Beverly Hills
SPF, the Sunday pool party series on the roof of the Thompson, is famed for big-named DJs, live entertainment, and spontaneous fashion shows. The poolside bonanza takes place every Sunday through Labor Day from noon to 7 p.m. 9360 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills.
Soak up views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island every Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cielo Point Poolside Party. Relaxation takes the lead at this beachside oasis. 100 Terranea Way Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes.
The London West Hollywood
The palm-encircled pool atop the London has sweeping views of the city and specialty drinks like the hibiscus mojito. Open to the public every Wednesday throughout the summer, this swanky hotspot offers patrons a free drink from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m and live DJs throughout the night. 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood.
The Sunday afternoon pool party at Drai’s in Hollywood aims to transport you to Las Vegas. Constant dancing, live music, two large bars, curtained cabanas, and an A-list clientele await--if you can make it past the red velvet rope. 6520 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles.
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
Straying from the club scene and moving at a more mellow pace, the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza with its infinity pool is open to hotel guests and anyone who visits its in-house Spa at Equinox. With no minimum charge, a quick nail polish change entitles you to a lazy day in the sun. 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Century City.