Going for a splash doesn't always require being on the guest list

“Water is very soothing,” says Amanda Scheer Demme of the Tropicana Bar at the Hotel Roosevelt. “Outside and poolside combines for a really great environment for socializing. It feels like a vacation and it calms people down.”

Unless, of course, you’re not allowed to get near the pool. As Demme’s discovered, that’s when people get really cranky.

However, Los Angeles has plenty of hotel pools and many don’t use guest lists like the Roosevelt’s Tropicana and the Mondrian’s Skybar do. Here’s V Life Weekend‘s rundown, ranked in reverse order: from uptight to laid-back.

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avalon hotel

4400 W. Olympic Blvd.,

Beverly Hills (310) 277-5221

2-3 weeks in

advance

Cover charge:

$150 for cocktail cabanas

Minimums:

$500 food and alcohol for

cocktail and dinner cabanas

No minimum for tables at restaurant at Blue on Blue, but no guarantee of outdoor seating. Milling around the pool is free; a rep

points out, “That’s not very comfortable.”

the standard

550 S. Flower St., Downtown (213) 892-8080

No

Cover charge:

$20 after 7 p.m.

Minimums:

No

DJs spin every Sunday, noon-1 a.m.; all are welcome to swim in the rooftop pool, which provides one of downtown’s best views.

viceroy

1819 Ocean Ave.,

Santa Monica (310) 260-7500

No

Cover charge:

No

Minimums:

No

Hanging out is free; $750 for cabana rental, which gets you all the nuts, Kettle chips and Evian you like. Bottle service is $275; menu also available.

westin century plaza hotel & spa

2025 Avenue of the Stars, Century City (310) 551-3334

Yes

Cover charge:

No

Minimums:

No

Four-person cabanas are free, as long as

everyone orders a prix-fixe dinner ($55-$75). Five-dollar appetizers and specialty cocktails Thursdays from 5-8 p.m.

ritz-carlton huntington hotel & spa

1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena (626) 568-3900, x2414

No

Cover charge:

No

Minimums:

No

Poolside bar. A half-hour manicure and

martini poolside every Wednesday from 5:30-8 p.m. is $38; two-week advance reservation.

w hotel

930 Hilgard Ave., Westwood (310) 208-8765

No

Cover charge:

No

Minimums:

No

Service comes from outdoor restaurant the

Backyard, which closes at 11 p.m.

the standard

8300 W Sunset Blvd., Sunset Strip (323) 650-9090

No

Cover charge:

No

Minimums:

Keep an open tab

They’re happy to have you, but don’t get

chintzy. “We just don’t want people to come in and order water,” says a rep.


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