Summer heat is scorching the ATX, and finding a chic retreat from rising temperatures is a must. While the traditional swimming holes of Central Texas are always an option, luxury and boutique hotels within the city limits offer up chic alternatives for cooling off in style. Dive right into these six hip Austin hotel pools perfect for taking a dip this summer.
East Austin Hotel — $25 for adults, $15 for children
East Austin welcomes yet another hip hotel to the neighborhood. The boutique property features a courtyard pool with ample lounge seating, pool floaties, reimagined resort drinks at the Pool Bar, and everlasting summer vibes. Guests can snag a weekday Pool Pass without a hotel reservation for a refreshing retreat. The pool courtyard also hosts its new Summer Swell series every Sunday, complete with rotating themes, food and beverage specials, and guest DJ sets. Reminiscent of vintage Palm Springs pool parties, Summer Swell provides all the urban ambiance of a downtown pool without the hefty price of admission.
Hotel Ella — $25 per person
Tucked away near the University of Texas campus, Hotel Ella offers a polished escape from the hustle and bustle of the 40 Acres. Pool access is available for non-hotel guests Monday through Thursday with the purchase of a $25 daily pool pass. Weekend entry is also available with a day-of inquiry. Pass holders are granted complimentary valet parking, full access to the pool and courtyard, and a pool towel for optimal lounging. Snack on a range of dining options provided by hotel restaurant Goodall’s without ever leaving the deck. If you’re into planning your pool days, passes can be reserved up to one week in advance to ensure you’re all set for rest and relaxation.
Hotel Van Zandt — $35 per day for adults, $15 for kids
Rainey Street's Hotel Van Zandt offers killer views, scrumptious bites, and a delicious array of craft cocktails. The ultra-modern deck, complete with luxe lounge chairs, sleek decor, and a panoramic view of Lady Bird Lake, evokes a sense of exclusivity without compromising on Austin hospitality. Guests can order from a menu of pool-appropriate bites and cocktails featuring local spirits from the Geraldine’s kitchen and award-winning bar. Book a resort pass here or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a cabana reservation.
JW Marriott Austin — prices vary
Nestled in the heart of downtown, the Edge Pool at the JW Marriott Austin is a luxurious and elevated experience — literally. Inspired by an Olympic-style lap design, the pool itself is an architect’s dream, featuring ample room for a morning workout and a state of Texas silhouette on its floor. The Edge Pool also boasts some of the best views in the city, with Lady Bird Lake and the Texas State Capitol dotting the skyline. Cabana rentals are available for group hangs and special events and include food and beverage service, state-of-the-art tech accessories, and posh decor perfect for staying comfortable all day long.
South Congress Hotel — $30 per person
Perched atop the iconic Austin avenue, the South Congress Hotel rooftop pool is a quintessentially local escape from the standard pool day. Aside from the vintage Art Deco vibes on the deck, visitors are provided with a picturesque view of the skyline. Poolside dining completes any day soaking up the sun with a menu of fresh and seasonal eats by Café No Sé. Non-hotel guests can enjoy full pool and bar access with the purchase of a $30 day pass. In addition to all-day admission, passes include plush towels to keep you from toting bulky essentials in your beach bag.
W Austin — $10 per person
Practically any time is pool time at the W Austin’s famed WET Deck and Pool. Non-hotel guests can enjoy the pool and its swanky amenities Monday through Friday from sunup to sundown with a $10 day pass. In addition to affordable, near year-round access for locals, happy hour includes complimentary entry after 5 pm on weekdays for a relaxing sunset swim or a cool way to unwind after the work day. Designer chaise lounges, complimentary lounge chairs, and private cabanas are also available. Summer fun continues on Sundays during the WET Deck’s Soundwave series, complete with speciality cocktails and live beats by DJ Bird Peterson and guests. When the sun finally sets, pool guests can cozy up in front of the outdoor fireplace while taking in the scenery of downtown Austin at night. For those seeking some alone time away from the kids, the WET Deck offers a sophisticated environment for adults on weekends after 1 pm.