A dip into a swimming pool during Phoenix’s summer months is a must, even during monsoon season. One of Downtown’s best kept secrets is that a few hotels offer access to their pools to locals for minimal fees – and sometimes free! Have fun with your wardrobe choices and relax poolside.

Hotel San Carlos

The Hotel San Carlos‘ 3rd floor/rooftop pool is open to the public for $15/day seven days a week. The pool at this historic hotel located at Central Ave. and Monroe St., has a great city feel, with the skyscrapers surrounding you and the gentle sound of the traffic and light rail bells going by.

Marilyn Monroe and Cary Grant stayed here during their prime, marking this 1920’s hotel both chic and fashionable for history buffs and Phoenix visitors alike. If you find yourself heading to their pool, take the opportunity to embrace the sophisticated fashions from that era for your poolside attire.


Hotel Palomar Phoenix CityScape

The Hotel Palomar‘s pool is open for hotel guests only, though their pool bar, Lustre, is open to the public. This third floor bar is a prime spot to grab a drink and take in amazing views of Central Ave. or to watch a game that may be taking place just across the street at US Airways Center or Chase Field.

The brand new hotel is located in the heart of our urban core and features an ultra-modern design aesthetic. Although you can’t exactly jump into their pool, that doesn’t mean you can’t look glamorous enjoying a few eats and drinks at the bar. This outdoor patio setting practically invites you to wear some neon colors, and why not mix in a few luxurious leather accessories to complete the trendy ensemble?


The Clarendon Hotel

The Clarendon Hotel, located in Midtown, offers admission to their pool for $10/day six days a week, is free on Mondays and offers a monthly pool pass for $30. Towels have a $2 charge for use, or you are welcome to bring your own. They also hide free passes at various local businesses downtown each week, so make sure to keep your eyes open! This chic, first floor pool has a great ambiance and there is also a rooftop skydeck for those who wish to soak up the sun a few floors up. Plus, who doesn’t love grabbing some fresh and locally grown food from Gallo Blanco, just inside the hotel.

The Clarendon vibe is fun and inviting. So if you decide to head over to the boutique hotel why not add a little more fun to the day by fully embracing a vintage take on your wardrobe, and maybe even your hairstyle – who doesn’t love some mad volume? Don’t forget those big round shades for lounging on the rooftop though, because that area makes for some lovely photo-ops!