If you’ve reached your proverbial boiling point sweating away the dog days of summer, it’s time to check out one of our favorite hotel swimming pools. Thanks to dedicated day passes—and a few loopholes—you can cool off in these sweet solariums, rooftop pools, and spas without ever booking a room.
Renting a luxe cabana, for example, at the Revere Hotel in Boston will grant you all-day access to their rooftop pool. Meanwhile, 3,000 miles away, downtown Los Angeles’ year-old Ace Hotel invites visitors and locals to “vogue poolside” gratis. All they ask is that you indulge in a handcrafted cocktail. Cushy sunbeds, steam rooms, and a host of other diversions will make an afternoon spent at one of these urban retreats well worth the (often modest) price tag.