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Cool Down at the Hottest Pools

May 30, 2023
Hotel Van Zandt Pool

Given the unrelenting Texas sun, it’s no wonder that Austinites prefer to spend a hot day submerged in water. Lucky for us, there are plenty of places downtown to cool off. Here are our picks of the best pool passes in Austin’s downtown. Be sure to register in advance and remember that prices and availability are subject to change.

Austin Proper

Austin Proper offers a welcome retreat from high temps with their sundown swims at its 5th-floor pool, La Piscina. Pool passes are valid between 7-10pm Saturday nights. As a bonus, pool passes come with a complimentary drink from Ranch Rider Spirits. Food is available for purchase on-site as well.

Canopy by Hilton

Soar over the sizzling bars on West 6th Street and take a dip in the cool Canopy pool. The Canopy by Hilton offers daily pool passes to soak up the sun, cool down and enjoy their poolside bar. Make a whole day of it and check out the new brunch menu at Verbena on the ground floor before you head up to the pool deck.

Fairmont Austin

Lounge around one of the largest pools in downtown Austin at the Fairmont Austin‘s rooftop pool with resort-style amenities, including poolside food and drink service from Rules & Regs, daybeds, cabanas and complimentary parking.

Hyatt Regency

Just across the lake, the Hyatt Regency next to the Congress Bridge offers pool passes to their rooftop pool overlooking the lake with the most beautiful views of the downtown Austin skyline. Enjoy a comfy lounge chair on the sundeck as your family dips and dives in the pool and adjacent whirlpool.

JW Marriott

You’ll feel right at home at the JW Marriott Austin’s pool, Edge Rooftop, which has an image of the state of Texas etched into the pool bottom. Unwind as you enjoy poolside food and beverage services. The 5th-floor rooftop pool is heated when it’s cooler out and four different luxury cabanas are available for an additional rental charge.

The Line Hotel

Line Hotel

The Line Hotel‘s saltwater infinity pool is reserved for guests on the weekends, but if you can sneak away on a weekday, you can snag a pool pass to indulge in the walk-up pool bar, cocktails and tacos all while enjoying beautiful views of Lady Bird (Town) Lake.

Omni Hotel

Cool off at the newly renovated rooftop deck and downtown views at the Omni Austin. Hide from the sun with family and friends in a private cabana, enjoy your favorite cocktails and bites at the poolside bar that’s open on the weekends and take advantage of the towel service.


RIO is a nightclub on 6th and Rio Grande with a pool open Thursday through Sunday during the day! Enjoy drinks, a dance floor, and a hookah lounge at this rooftop bar. If you want the place all to yourself, you can rent out RIO for private events any night of the week.

W Austin WET

The W Austin’s WET is a steal for pool passes on weekdays. Wet is a 4th-floor rooftop pool deck with great views, a fireplace, comfy chaises, and cabanas available to rent. Enjoy your time relaxing in a pool downtown for the day! Check their calendar for events; they like hosting fun poolside celebrations on the weekends.

Wax Myrtles

Wax Myrtle’s at the Thompson

Splash around one of the hottest new pools in downtown Austin. Sip on refreshing, frozen drinks and lose yourself in the skyline at the Wax Myrtle’s pool deck at the Thompson Hotel. Towel service is included, and valet parking is available.

The Westin’s Azul Rooftop Lounge

You’ll view downtown from a new perspective from 20 stories above Austin at the Azul Rooftop Lounge. As the city’s tallest hotel rooftop bar and lounge, it’s no wonder the Westin was voted the world’s coolest hotel pool in 2017. This stunning pool deck offers lounge chairs, day beds and cabana rentals. Poolside food and drink services are available with a day pass.

Hotel Van Zandt

Break out your favorite swimsuit and live your best life at the Hotel Van Zandt’s boutique saltwater pool. Claim a lounge chair or rent a luxurious cabana for a wonderful daycation on Rainey. Sip cool, poolside cocktails and take in views of Lady Bird Lake.

Hotel Van Zandt Poolside Bar

Don’t forget to register in advance and see our getting around page for information on parking, transit options and more. Don’t forget your sunscreen and stay cool this summer!

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