Things look a little different these days. Generally speaking, hotel pools have implemented new sanitation and social distancing guidelines with reservations encouraged if not required. Large, general admission crowds are a thing of the past — at least for now — and you won’t see many DJs performing by the water.
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 Powers
Hotel Pool: Cabanas and daybed are available to non-hotel guests, starting at $150
The pool complex is sleek and contemporary, matching the modern image of the resort. Liquid is back in operation, but for now, the dayclub is more of an adults-only lounge than a pool party. Capacity is limited and reservations on daybeds, gazebos and cabanas are required. 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.
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 is sprawling outdoor pool deck with seven different pools, waterfalls, swim-up blackjack table and Roman-inspired architecture. The secluded Venus pool was once topless, but is now open to all ages. Caesars Palace’s opulent villas have private entrances to the pool deck.
Hotel Pool: Stadium Swim (daybeds begin at $400, cabanas begin at $1000)
Stadium Swim is a rooftop hotel pool deck that often takes on the spirit of a dayclub. The entire space includes six individual pools that face a massive 14-million-pixel video wall with a DJ booth underneath.
Dayclub: Marquee (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 seasonal outdoor movies. The Chelsea pool is more quiet and secluded. Marquee Dayclub has toned down its party image in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s now a lounge with spaced seating and reservations required for cabanas and daybed. The most lavish option is to book a bungalow, which is a three-level townhouse-style suite overlooking the Marquee pool.
Dayclub: Drai’s Beachclub (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. The usual rap and R&B acts are on hold during the pandemic. 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 the tops-optional Moorea Beach Club next door. All pools are back open as of July 1.
Hotel Pool: Citrus Grand Pool Deck
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. Special events include “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 (daybeds start at $50, cabanas start at $100)
Hotel: Beach Club is the family pool (daybeds are limited, cabanas begin at $150)
Go Pool made its name as the only dayclub in Vegas open seven days a week. It’s now limiting capacity, toning down the pool party image and encouraging social distancing. Its regular summer concerts are also out of the question for now. However, Go Pool remains 21 and over.
Green Valley Ranch
Resort pool (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 is free for hotel guests. (Admission is $10 for non-guests 16 and over, $5 for children 6-15 and free for children 5 and under.) Cabanas rentals start at a very affordable $125.
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 (daybeds start at $50, cabanas start at $100)
Hotel Pool: 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 lower-than-average prices. Cabanas are colorful, modern and comfortable.
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. The pool is traditionally home to Temptation Sundays, a party marketed toward the LGBTQ community in the summer. However, it’s currently on pause during the 2020 pandemic.
The M Resort
Hotel pool: Contact for latest rates
Sleek, modern and spacious. The M Pool at the M Resort is an attractive alternative to the crowds on the Strip. There’s plenty of room to social distance, whether in a cabana, lounger or soaking in the water. The locals-friendly Daydream pool party is on hiatus while the pandemic continues.
Dayclub: Daylight (daybeds start at $150, cabanas start $500)
Topless Pool: Moorea Beach Club (call for latest rates)
A true spectacle. Mandalay Bay Beach features a sandy beach, large wave pool and winding lazy river. Concerts by national acts are usually held at night during the summer, but are still on hold for 2021. Neighboring Moorea Beach Club is a bit more sophisticated than other topless pools. The Daylight party spot is separate from the main pool complex and has its own parking. It’s back open as of July 2 (like all pools at Mandalay Bay) with no live performances and daybed/cabana reservations required.
Dayclub: Wet Republic (daybeds start at $150, cabanas start at $750)
Hotel Pool: Daybeds (starting at $50) and cabanas (starting at $100) are available to non-hotel guests
The main pool deck is a sprawling magnet for families with kids, but the lazy river is a welcome escape. Wet Republic is right next store with long TSA-style security checks just to get in the door. Wet Republic underwent a massive renovation for the 2020 season, but is now operating in a more reserved and less-crowded lounge-like format due to COVID-19. No big-name DJ headliners for now. Daybed, table or cabana reservations are required.
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.
Jemaa remains closed until further notice.
Dayclub: Jemaa Pool Club (starting $20, free for locals before noon)
No hotel pool, but guests have access to the pool at Park MGM
The Jemaa rooftop pool 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.
The Palms remains closed until further notice.
Most of the cabanas have private infinity pools. Service is spotty but the atmosphere makes up for it, especially when staring at a large headless statue or the long video wall that covers one of the hotel towers. An overhead dome goes up in the winter.
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.
Hotel Pool: Daybeds (starting at $75) and cabanas (starting at $200) are available to non-hotel guests
Back open as of September 30, the Park MGM has an engaging 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 (30-minute sessions at FlowRider surf pool begin at $25, cabanas start at $149)
Planet Hollywood reopens on October 8. It’s 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 (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: 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 (although those are on hold during the pandemic). Red Rock doesn’t bother with a dayclub. This is for tourists and locals looking to avoid the Strip.
Dayclub: VooDoo Beach ($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, daybeds start at $150, cabanas start at 200)
Hotel Pool: Elation Pool (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: daybeds start at $75, poolside canopies start at $150, poolside hideaways start at $250
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 (on hiatus until 2022 due to extensive renovations)
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. The Palazzo side was given a makeover in early 2020 and now includes luxe air-conditioned cabanas and the Spritz cocktail lounge.
Dayclub: Encore Beach Club (daybeds start at $1,000, cabanas start at $3,000)
Encore Beach Club was one of the first dayclubs ro reinvent the pool party concept for a post-COVID Las Vegas. The pool deck now only accepts reservations for daybeds and cabanas with no general admission allowed. Music is piped in over the sound system, but there are no live performances advertised. Both Wynn and Encore have other pools on property that are more quiet and secluded.