Best Hotel Pool (2015)


Nothing says "summer vacation" like cooling off at the pool, and some hotels go over and above to offer guests the ultimate swimming experience.

  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

    Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
    Las Vegas

    The five-acre area known as Beachlife at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas features multiple pools (including the Nirvana Pool for guests only), dozens of Tahitian-style cabanas and 25 daybeds. Hard Rock helped launch the day club trend in Vegas, and weekend, Paradise Beach transforms into Rehab, the wildest pool party on the Strip.
    Photo courtesy of Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas

  • Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge-Glenwood Springs, Colo.

    Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge-Glenwood Springs, Colo.

    The year-round 90-degree pool at Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge in Glenwood Springs, Colo. is like one giant hot tub. The spring that feeds the world's largest hot springs pool is rich in minerals – 15 to be exact – famous for their soothing, restorative properties. Two waterslides appeal to younger swimmers.
    Photo courtesy of Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge

  • JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort

    JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort

    A favorite with families, the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort near San Antonio is home to the River Bluff Water Experience, a resort water park with a 1,100-foot lazy river, waterslides, a kid's pool, an interactive water play area, infinity-edge adults-only pool and cabana rentals.
    Photo courtesy of JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort

  • Hawks Cay

    Hawks Cay
    Duck Key, Fla.

    Located on Duck Key in the Florida Keys, Hawks Cay Resort boasts six distinct swimming pools, including the adults-only Tranquility Pool, a kid favorite Pirate Ship Pool and the romantic Sunset Pool for partaking in a Florida Keys pastime: watching the sun sink below the horizon. An enclosed saltwater lagoon provides a home to tropical fish and a perfect setting for snorkeling.
    Photo courtesy of Hawks Cay Resort by Jason Stemple

  • Delano South Beach

    Delano South Beach

    Separate areas for floating and meditating, underwater music and poolside cabanas that come with a personal butler make the pool at the trendy Delano South Beach feel more like a sophisticated "water salon." This Phillipe Starck-designed adult aquatic playground is at once sophisticated and chic – an institution of the South Beach hotel scene.
    Photo courtesy of Alexis / Flickr

  • Harrah's Resort

    Harrah's Resort
    Atlantic City

    Heated to a pleasant 82 degrees 365 days a year, the pool at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City sits within a giant glass dome, where guests have their choice of the pool, 5 hot tubs and luxury cabanas equipped with flat screen TVs, iPod docking stations and couches large enough for snoozing. On Thursday nights, the indoor pool becomes an aquatic nightclub.
    Photo courtesy of Harrah's Resort Atlantic City

  • Grand Wailea Resort

    Grand Wailea Resort

    A water slide, rapids, caves, a water elevator, rope swing, sand beach, swim-up bar ... there isn't much the pool complex at the Grand Wailea Resort in Maui doesn't have. Besides the 25,700-total-square-foot Activity Pool, the multi-tiered pool area also offers an adults-only Hibiscus Pool finished with 630,000 pieces of Mexican glass mosaic tile and plenty of loungers and cabanas.
    Photo courtesy of Grand Wailea Resort

  • Sheraton Waikiki Hotel

    Sheraton Waikiki Hotel

    The Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu offers a family-friendly activity pool with all the bells and whistles: a waterslide, volleyball net, basketball hoop, two large whirlpools and an interactive fountain area. But the real star at this Hawaiian resort is the heated oceanfront infinity pool – one of the longest in North America – with its stunning views of Waikiki and Diamond Head.
    Photo courtesy of Sheraton Waikiki Hotel

  • Mondrian

    Los Angeles

    Romantic and chic, surrounded by flowers and filled with flickering lanterns, the pool at the Mondrian Los Angeles occupies a rooftop teak deck with sweeping views of the surrounding city. Underwater music soothes, while the adjacent Skybar serves up fresh cocktails and Hollywood glamor in spades.
    Photo courtesy of Jacob Wackerhausen

  • Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

    Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
    Scottsdale, Ariz.

    Five separate pools create a giant outdoor playground in the Scottsdale desert for visitors of all ages. At the heart of the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess pool complex, the 6,000-square-foot Sonoran Splash features two waterslides, a zero entry pool deck and a sandbox play area, perfect for families with young children. Cabana rentals include a flat screen TV, a mini fridge stocked with water and fruit and a dedicated server.
    Photo courtesy of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

We asked USA TODAY 10Best readers to vote for their fave hotel pools among 20 nominees, and after four weeks of voting, the results are in!

It was a close race between the top two, but in the end, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas took top honors for their collection of pools known as Beachlife, which includes the relaxing guests-only Nirvana Pool and the more party-centric Paradise Beach.

Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge, the largest hot springs pool in the world and runner-up for Best Hotel Pool, keeps their giant pool at a cozy 90 degrees throughout the year, making it an ideal place to warm up during a Colorado winter.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Hotel Pool are as follows:

  1. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas
  2. Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge - Glenwood Springs, Colo.
  3. JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort
  4. Hawks Cay - Duck Key, Fla.
  5. Delano South Beach - Miami
  6. Harrah's Resort - Atlantic City
  7. Grand Wailea Resort - Maui
  8. Sheraton Waikiki Hotel - Honolulu
  9. Mondrian - Los Angeles
  10. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess - Scottsdale, Ariz.

A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Marla Cimini (, Nicolle Monico (JustLuxe) and Yasmin Pullman (Luxury Travel Diary) were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of the hotel industry.

Additional nominees included Amangani in Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Amangiri in Canyon Point, Utah; Canyon Suites at the Phoenician in Scottsdale, Ariz.; Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Ariz.; Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on the Big Island, Hawaii; the Joule in Dallas; London West Hollywood in West Hollywood, Calif.; Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas; Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando; and Raleigh South Beach in Miami.

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners. The contest was promoted on 10Best and USA TODAY.

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