- Kelly Sundstrom For the AJC
We're going to let you in on one of the biggest secrets in town.
When it gets hot and you want the luxury and refreshment of a hotel pool, you don't have to buy a room to experience it.
If you want to enjoy a relaxing day at one of Atlanta's top hotel pools, a handful actually offer day passes for locals - and you don't even have to be a guest. As summer arises, you'll want to take advantage of this insider's tip with a drink in hand.
Check out these high-end hotel pools in Atlanta that offer hotel pool passes and other ways to access pools without a room:
The Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta Pool
75 Fourteenth St. NE, Atlanta. 404-253-3848. www.fourseasons.com.
Surround yourself in stunning neoclassic architecture that will make you feel like you're on a luxurious retreat by spending the day swimming at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. This saline indoor lap pool features a whirlpool bath, a sun terrace and separate locker rooms for men and women, each with steam and sauna.
The lowdown: Locals can purchase a $50 day pass that includes access to the pool from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. As an added benefit, you'll also have access to the services offered at The Spa at Four Seasons. For more information, call 404-253-3848, or visit www.fourseasons.com.
The W Atlanta-Downtown Wet Deck
45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta. 404-582-5800. www.watlantadowntown.com.
If you're looking for some summertime fun at a swanky downtown pool that overlooks the Atlanta skyline, the Wet Deck at W Atlanta-Downtown has you covered. This posh rooftop locale offers a laid-back, zen-like experience with downtempo beats, cocktails and a crystal clear, zero-edge pool.
The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead Pool
3434 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404-240-7041. www.ritzcarlton.com.
To add a little extravagance into your summer, experience the splendor of the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead Pool. This junior Olympic-sized saline pool includes a whirlpool spa, sundeck, separate locker rooms with sauna and even a Pool Butler to clean your sunglasses or to bring you sunblock and water.
The W Atlanta-Midtown Cabana Wet Deck
188 14th St. NE, Atlanta. 404-892-6000. www.watlantamidtown.com.
The next time you're planning a private party or celebratory event, don't miss out on one of the day passes at the W Atlanta-Midtown Cabana Wet Deck. Cabana passes include full access to the Wet Deck rooftop pool, four large Smartwaters, a flatscreen TV, W signature tote bag and sunscreen, chef-curated popcorn and house-made chips.
For slightly less, enjoy the pool on Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. for $25 plus parking which for you, swimmer, is discounted to $10. The price includes a drink and a snack. More info at Eventbrite.
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Atlanta Pool
3376 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404-995 7526. www.mandarinoriental.com.
Whether you want to enjoy a leisurely swim or get in a few laps, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Atlanta Pool offers a 60-foot indoor pool lined with beautiful French windows, which shower the pool with sunlight and garden views.