Take a swim into a pool where Marilyn Monroe herself once swam, or jam poolside with some of Phoenix’s hottes DJs. These hotels and resorts in downtown Phoenix offer luxury pools with a view overlooking the urban sprawl in the heart of the city.
Frequent host to local fashion shows and pool parties, the Oasis Pool at the Clarendon Hotel is pleasing to the eye with its silver-coated water wall and 24 karat gold and platinum tile accents. As an added bonus, the popular Gallo Blanco Café & Bar inside the hotel serves up delicious Mexican fare and tasty cocktails.
Daily pool membership is open to the public, Monday through Thursday, 7a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to midnight.
Details: 401 W. Clarendon Ave., Phoenix. theclarendon.net. 602-252-7363.
Head up to the third floor of downtown’s swanky new Hotel Palomar, and take in breathtaking views of the heart of the city from the pool and open-air lounge. During the summer months, downtown DJ duo Sean Watson and William Reed of Blaque Panther Disco will jam on the patio with weekly guest performances from touring artists like electronic musician The Juan MacLean (June 30).
Open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., but the bar stays open from noon to midnight each day.
Details: 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. hotelpalomar-phoenix.com. 602-253-6633.
Westin Phoenix Downtown
If you’re looking for a little staycation, only hotel guests can enjoy the 1,180-square-foot Lapis Pool Terrace at the Westin Phoenix Downtown that features a sparkling rooftop pool ensconced by desert plants and flora among the urban sprawl.
Hours are about 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., but can vary seasonally.
Details: 333 North Central Ave., Phoenix. westinphoenixdowntown.com. 602-429-3500.
Hotel San Carlos
Dip into a pool where Marilyn Monroe and other old Hollywood celebs once swam. The public gets full access to the rooftop pool at the historic Hotel San Carlos for just $15 per day.
Details 202 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. hotelsancarlos.com. 602-253-4121