5 to Try: Hotel Pools in Los Angeles

In Los Angeles, lounging poolside (drink in hand, of course) is de rigeur. So whether you're in the mood for downtown cool at the Standard or old-school glam at the Beverly Hills Hotel, find out where to chill by the pool in L.A.--and how much it'll cost you.

Updated: July 26, 2004

5 to Try

The Standard Downtown La

550 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Sip at the chic poolside lounge atop this hip downtown hotel. Pool use is free--if you can get past the Roof Bar's velvet rope.

W Los Angeles Westwood

930 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Get away to this tropical hideaway with revamped poolside cabanas and "smart" chaise lounges. A prime spot for four starts at $175 and includes fresh fruit, water and use of the pool. Or, just order some light fare from the outdoor Backyard restaurant and use the pool for free.

The Beverly Hills Hotel

9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Poolside cabanas provided Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Howard Hughes with shade and discretion. Hotel guests can rent proximity to fame for $175 a day.

Viceroy Santa Monica

1819 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Life's a beach at this swanky boutique retreat. If you don't mind hanging among sceney types, consider renting one of the cabanas during the day for $250. Once the sun goes down, that same spot will cost you $500-$750 (but at least you'll have bottle service and all-juice mixers).

Mondrian A Morgans Hotel

8440 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Work your magic at the door for Skybar (or book a room at the hotel) and you'll discover the small, sceney pool area still offers some of the best views and people-watching in town.