Austin is full of family-friendly attractions, but the best way to avoid the summer heat is by making a splash at with these top hotels that have the coolest pools. Sip a craft cocktail at a rooftop pool in a downtown hotel, or enjoy live music by the pool at one of Austin’s best boutique hotels. Swim, sunbathe and relax at these top coolest hotel pools in Austin, Texas.
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W Austin is a swanky hotel that isn’t hard to miss, as it contributes to Austin’s iconic skyline. It offers day passes to the pool area, with cheaper prices offered on the weekdays. Those on a budget should consider visiting on a weekday evening, as admission to the pool for non-guests is free during specific times Monday through Friday. However, Sundays are when the pool at W Austin comes alive, as the hotel hosts its Soundwave Sundays events featuring live DJs from noon to sunset.
One of the most popular hotels along South Congress Avenue also has a great pool area boasting a chill vibe. While you’re enjoying the rooftop pool at South Congress Hotel, you should also order some margaritas at Café No Sé to be delivered poolside. Even if you aren’t a guest here, you can still enjoy a dip at the pool for (for a fee) Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Four Seasons is known nationwide as a luxurious accommodation option, and the Four Seasons Hotel Austin is no different. Situated along Lady Bird Lake, this top hotel in Texas doesn’t just have a top-notch pool but also an on-site spa. Day passes are available for both the pool and the spa. You won’t regret splurging on the “Spa Daycation” package here, which comes with a spa treatment, lunch and access to the pool and fitness center.
One of Austin’s most talked about boutique hotels, Hotel Ella just so happens to have one of the coolest pools in the city. Guests here can’t stop raving about the modern-meets-vintage vibe here. The pool at Hotel Ella is also open to day guests at an affordable price.
One of the only free pools open to non-hotel guests is found at The Westin Austin Downtown. This romantic hotel in Austin features a rooftop pool and bar that regularly hosts live music and DJs. The Westin Austin Downtown offers a one-of-a-kind pool oasis that sits on top of a skyscraper, granting views of the Austin skyline.
This downtown hotel is a popular option for travelers since it’s close to 6th Street and the Austin Convention Center. JW Marriott Austin is home to a rooftop pool that will make any pool-obsessed traveler happy. If you are willing to splurge, rent one of the pool cabanas for the day, which comes with a flat-screen TV, food and beverage service, and of course a shaded spot by the pool with seating for up to 10 people.
If you’re looking for a place to stay with a hip pool scene in East Austin, then consider East Austin Hotel. The vintage vibe here is appreciated by both travelers and locals alike. Locals should take advantage of the day passes offered at East Austin Hotel, which comes with pool access, free WiFI and parking, and food and beverage service. This boutique hotel features a “Sunday Swell Pass” during the summer months with drink and food deals and a party atmosphere.
Fairmont Austin is another Austin hotel with a great pool scene. The pool at the Fairmont is a zero-entry rooftop pool that is heated during the cooler months. There is a whirlpool on site here too. If you don’t find the Fairmont’s pool area impressive, then maybe the spa will please you, as it’s one of downtown Austin’s largest spas. Access to both the pool and spa are available for a fee for non-guests.
This iconic South Congress hotel, which originally opened in 1938, is home to a cool pool that is open free to the public during the Full Moon. The night swims on this hotel’s Full Moon events are undoubtedly unique. However, if you’re looking to catch some rays during the day, day passes to the pool at Austin Motel are available Monday through Thursday.
Escape the city and enjoy a stay at Lake Austin Spa Resort. No matter if you’re local to Austin or from out of town, this resort along the Colorado River is a great getaway. This all-inclusive resort offers both half-day and full-day spa packages, which are two ways that non-guests can enjoy the pool here.