You’re already familiar with the wild dayclub scene in Las Vegas. Now it’s time to take an overall look at hotel pools.
While many have DJs and a party vibe, others are relatively quiet and designed for lounging. Your choice will make a difference in price and perks. So don’t make a mistake in overlooking under-the-radar hotel pools, especially if you’re on a budget. Our comprehensive guide includes detailed descriptions, including daybed/cabana rates and if non-hotel guests are allowed.
Photo: Al PowersDayclub: Liquid (admission starts at $20)
Hotel Pool: Cabanas and daybed are available to non-hotel guests, starting at $100
The pool complex is sleek and contemporary, matching the modern image of the resort. Liquid has more of a lounge vibe than a wild, rowdy party atmosphere. The Sky Pool is exclusive to those staying in the high-end Sky Suites.
Hotel Pool: Blu Pool (daybeds begin at $50, cabanas begin at $100 but may require a bottle minimum)
The Blue Pool is a great option for those who want a high-energy vibe, but don’t want to blow too much money at busier dayclubs. The main pool is one of the few in Vegas to have a deep end. You’ve also got DJs, palm trees, cabanas and day beds.
Hotel Pool: Daybeds (starting at $100) and cabanas (starting at $200) are available to non-hotel guests
This Tuscan-inspired pool complex matches the easy and luxurious image of the Bellagio. Five different pools are surrounded by greenery and courtyards with some of the better food and drinks you’ll find by the water in Vegas.
Topless Pool: Venus (admission starts at $30, daybeds start at $75, cabanas start at $200)
Hotel Pool: Garden of the Gods (daybeds begin at $50, cabanas begin at $100 but may require a bottle minimum)
The Garden of the Gods pool is scenic but a perfect example of sprawling hotel chaos. Venus is the best place to avoid noisy kids and families, but the topless pool gets crowded quickly with guests looking for loud music and a party atmosphere.
Dayclub: Marquee (admission starts at $20, daybeds start at $200, grand cabanas and bungalows start at $1,000)
Hotel Pool: Boulevard Pool and Chelsea Pool (daybeds start at $75, cabanas start at $200)
Boulevard Pool has some of the best scenery in Vegas with spectacular rooftop views of the Strip. It’s also home to special events, including concerts and weekly outdoor movies. The Chelsea pool is more quiet and secluded. Marquee Dayclub is a wild pool party on weekends (with a dome erected overhead in winter), but is actually an under-the-radar quiet hangout during the week.
Dayclub: Drai’s Beachclub (admission starts at $20, daybeds start at $600, cabanas start at $2,000)
No hotel pool, but hotel guests have access to pools at Flamingo and Caesars Palace
It’s hard to find a pool with more wow factor. Located on the roof of the Cromwell, Drai’s features 11-story high views of the Vegas Strip. Weekend parties are dominated by rap and R&B acts and the food is surprisingly good.
Hotel pool is located in Mandalay Bay pool complex (cabanas are available to non-hotel guests starting at $125)
This relatively intimate pool is exclusive to Delano hotel guests but part of the Mandalay Bay pool complex. Enjoy lounge-style music by a DJ while getting a poolside massage or playing a game of giant chess in the water. Take a moment to step out and explore Mandalay Bay Beach or Moorea Beach Club next door.
Hotel Pool: Citrus Grand Pool Deck (admission starts at $5)
This rooftop pool has incredible downtown views and a colorful, chill vibe. The 35,000-square-foot deck is rectangular, making everything feel in one place. A good spot for concerts and other events like “Old School by the Pool” retro Fridays.
Hotel Pool: Daybeds (starting at $80) and cabanas (starting at $125) are available to non-hotel guests
The pool is very family and children-oriented, which is inline with the image of the resort. One of the four pools is reserved for adults-only, but it’s more of an escape from the chaos of noisy kids than a rowdy party vibe. The water slide is a nice touch.
Dayclub: Go Pool (admission starts at $10, daybeds start at $50, cabanas start at $100)
Hotel: Beach Club is the family pool (daybeds are limited, cabanas begin at $150)
Go Pool is the only dayclub in Vegas open seven days a week. It gets crowded quickly and the cabanas aren’t ultra-glamorous, but you’ll save a few bucks compared to other pool parties. Concerts by mid-level acts are usually a fun, loose time.
Green Valley Ranch
Resort pool ($20 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and younger, daybeds start at $75 food-and-beverage minimum, cabanas start at $75)
The Pond (21 and over, daybeds start with $100 food-and-beverage minimum, cabanas start wtih $200 food-and-beverage minimum)
One of the best pools in Vegas, especially off-Strip. The expansive “Backyard” pool complex includes lush landscaping, stylish cabanas and a sandy beach that merges into one of the pools. The Pond is a much-needed kid-free zone, but too intimate to be much of a party.
Hotel Pool: Daybeds begin at $50, cabanas begin at $100 but may require a bottle minimum
Flying under the radar a bit, the pool at Harrah’s has a “like new” feel after being completely renovated in 2015. The travertine tile deck is stylish and the cabanas have plenty of room. For hotel guests only.
Resort pool (admission starts at $18 for guests and non-guests 16 and over, $12 for children 6-15, complimentary for children 5 and under, cabanas start at $200)
A tropical oasis in the Summerlin area. The pool at the JW Marriott is surrounded by palm trees, green grass and picturesque waterfalls. Family-friendly and a great choice for locals looking to lounge by the water.
Dayclub: Influence (free admission, daybeds start at $50, cabanas start at $100)
Hotel Pool: Free admission, daybeds start at $50, cabanas start at $100
Influence is one of the more underrated and affordable dayclubs on the Strip. The eye candy isn’t as strong as other pool parties, but that’s what you get with free admission. Cabanas are colorful, modern and comfortable.
Dayclub: Temptation Sundays (LGBTQ-focused, admission starts at $20 or $10 for MGM Resorts guests)
Hotel Pool: Cabanas start at $50
While most hotel pools are relatively secluded between hotel towers, the Luxor’s pool deck is the first thing you see when walking in from the parking garage. It’s expansive, scenic and quiet during the week. On Sundays, the party kicks into high-gear with Temptation Sundays, which is marketed toward the LGBTQ community.
The M Resort
Dayclub: Daydream (admission starts at $10, VIP area starts at $50, daybeds start at $250 food-and-beverage minimum, cabanas start at $350 food-and-beverage minimum)
Sleek, modern and spacious. The pool deck at the M Resort is an attractive alternative to the crowded nature of the Strip. Daydream is an intimate dayclub that isn’t too rowdy. The pool is popular with locals who get free entry Monday, Wednesday and Thursday before noon.
Dayclub: Daylight (Admission starts at $20, daybeds start at $75, cabanas start $125)
Topless Pool: Moorea Beach Club (free for women, prices begin at $20 for men)
Mandalay Bay Beach: Admission starts at $20 for adults, $10 for kids 4-16, free for kids younger than 3
A true spectacle. Mandalay Bay Beach features a sandy beach, large wave pool and winding lazy river. Concerts by national acts are held at night during the summer. Neighboring Moorea Beach Club is a bit more sophisticated than other topless pools.
Dayclub: Wet Republic
Hotel Pool: Daybeds (starting at $50) and cabanas (starting at $100) are available to non-hotel guests
Prepare for big crowds. The main pool deck is a sprawling and busy attraction. It’s a magnet for families with kids, but the lazy river is a welcome escape. Wet Republic is right next store. It features big-name DJs like Tiesto and Steve Aoki, lots of eye candy and a high-energy party atmosphere. Beware of long TSA-style security checks just to get in the door.
Topless Pool: Bare (admission starts at $10)
Hotel Pool: Reserved lounge chairs (starting at $35) and cabanas (starting at $300) are available to non-hotel guests
Despite being a large family-oriented attraction, the pool at the Mirage has plenty of tropical scenery, including waterfalls and palm trees. Bare is a topless alternative for adults, but feels a little old. It’s seen better days and could use a revamp.
New York-New York
Hotel Pool: Reserved lounge chairs (starting at $50) and cabanas (starting at $275) are available to non-hotel guests
Rather routine as far as hotel pools go. However, being immersed among the New York-inspired architecture is a nice change of pace.
Dayclub: Jemaa Pool Club (starting $20, free for locals before noon)
No hotel pool, but guests have access to pool at Park MGM
Jemaa is the newest dayclub on the Strip. The rooftop deck offers great views and a sophisticated, timeless aesthetic. The food, drinks and cabana service are among the best in Vegas right now. Try the lobster rolls.
Dayclub: Kaos (starts at $20, submerged daybeds start at $1,750, cabana start at $5,000)
Hotel Pool: Kaos doubles as resort pool during the week
The renovated Palms hotel deck is location for KAOS, the hottest pool party and nightclub in Vegas right now. It’s also the most expensive. Most of the cabanas have private infinity pools and there’s an outdoor stage for performances by residency acts like Cardi B and Marshmello. Service is spotty but the atmosphere is electric. An overhead dome goes up in the winter to ensure the party never stops.
Hotel Pool: Soleil (Daybeds begin at $50, cabanas begin at $100 but may require a bottle minimum)
The Soleil pool deck is expansive, but has a dignified image in the shadow of the Eiffle Tower replica. Despite its size, Soleil goes for simplicity with a garden feel.
Dayclub: Jemaa Pool Club at NoMad (starting $20, free for locals before noon)
Hotel Pool: Daybeds (starting at $75) and cabanas (starting at $200) are available to non-hotel guests
A welcome lounge-style pool where the music isn’t too loud and the crowds aren’t too intense. The deck includes three medium-sized pools with plenty of lounge chairs.
Hotel Pool: The Scene Pool Deck (free admission, 30-minute sessions at FlowRider surf pool begin at $25, cabanas start at $149)
A solid overall choice with two rooftop pool decks, contemporary cabanas and local DJs — although no dayclub. The FlowRider allows users to surf or bodyboard in a small confined area.
Hotel Pool: Rooftop pool (free for locals 21 and over, admission begins at $10 for non-hotel guests, cabanas start at $50 plus $100 food-and-beverage minimum)
Recent renovations have made this rooftop pool one of the best under-the-radar pool options in Vegas. Lounge by the water or play a game of pickleball — a combination of tennis, ping pong and badminton.
Red Rock Resort
Hotel Pool: Admission starts at $25 for adults 21 and over, $10 ages 5-20, free for children 4 and younger, daybeds start at $50, cabanas start at $200
The pool area sits in the center of the property, surrounded by the circular design of the hotel tower. There’s an eye-catching fountain and a large stage for weekend concerts by national acts. Red Rock doesn’t bother with a dayclub. This is for tourists and locals looking to avoid the Strip.
Dayclub: VooDoo Beach (free admission, $100 bottomless drink package, $50 locals bottle special)
Hotel Pool: Daybeds begin at $50, cabanas begin at $100 but may require a bottle minimum
The Rio has four pools, but the highlight is Voodoo Beach with white sand and grotto-style waterfalls. Ask about the $100 bottomless drink package.
The Signature at MGM Grand
No dayclub, although Wet Republic at MGM Grand is next door
Hotel Pool: Daybeds (starting at $30) and cabanas (starting at $125) are available to non-hotel guests
Each of the three towers of the Signature condo resort (with units available for rent) have their own private pools. They’re typically comfortable and quiet, although pounding dance music filters in when Wet Republic is open next door at the MGM Grand.
Dayclub: Radius (lounge feel, admission starts at $14, daybeds start at $150, cabanas start at 200)
Hotel Pool: Elation Pool (admission starts at $10, cabanas start at $150)
The 8th floor Elation pool has a basic no-frills image, but sits just underneath the impressive Stratosphere tower. Radius on the 25th floor is much more scenic with better views, louder music, an adults-only vibe and occasional topless sunbathing.
Hotel Pool: free admission for locals, daybeds start at $75, poolside canopies start at $150, poolside hideaways start at $250
You can’t beat free. The Tropicana pool is a big draw for locals, who also get a drink discount. The pool deck is large with a classic old-school Vegas vibe, surrounded by grass and palm trees. Famous for originating the swim-up Blackjack concept.
Hotel Pool: Daybeds (starting at $75) and cabanas (starting at $175) are available to non-hotel guests
The second-floor rooftop pool matches the low-key yet luxurious mood of the casino-free Vdara resort. The pool is heated and open year-round. Most cabana have their own dipping pools.
Dayclub: Tao Beach (admission starts at $15, lounge chairs start at $50, cabanas start at $500, grand cabanas start at $1,000)
The Venetian and Palazzo sister resorts each have their own expansive pool decks, which are connected by wraparound walkways. Altogether, there are 10 pools, including the lounge-vibe of the adults-only Aquatic Club and Tao Beach, a wild pool party with a contemporary Asian theme and surprisingly good sushi.
Dayclub: Encore Beach Club (admission starts at $25, daybeds start at $1,000, cabanas start at $3,000)
For the party crowd, Encore Beach Club operates day and night with top DJs and celebrity guests in full “free swim” mode. Both Wynn and Encore have other pools on property that are more quiet and secluded.