Nothing says summertime like skipping out of the office at 3 p.m. to lounge by the water. Since Atlanta is land locked – and if you refuse to consider the murky Chattahoochee River or the man-made travesty that is Lake Lanier – your best bet to catch a cool breeze is poolside at one of the city’s luxury hotels. Don’t worry, you won’t be breaking any trespassing laws by sneaking in either however, ordering snacks and drinks will help you blend in with the other guests.
Of course, you’ll need a stash of sunblock, something immensely trashy to read, a handheld fan and at least one pristine white towel from home (which the staff will just assume you brought from your room, wink-wink). Grab your tote, a sarong, your fave sunnies and get ready to tan those cheeks at a few of our favorite ATL spots:
The Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303 (404) 577-1234
The Hyatt Regency Atlanta is a favorite among business travelers, so it is one of the more under-used places to lounge during the day. And since the hotel is situated between two large buildings, the pool area is usually shaded and breezy, perfect for those 90+ degree days.
The W Hotel Atlanta- Downtown
45 Ivan Allen Junior Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30308 (404) 582-5800
Of all the locations to dip and sip, the W Hotel Wetbar has the best view of the city’s downtown area from their infinity pool. Unfortunately, like everything else associated with the W brand, you’ll have to pay the cost ($15 parking) for a few laps in this watery wonderland. And if you’re looking for weekend R&R, be forewarned, there’s a DJ and a guaranteed party, so if you want to finish 50 Shades of Grey in peace maybe you should travel elsewhere.
The Meliá Atlanta Hotel
590 West Peachtree Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30308 (404) 877-9000
Located in the heart of midtown, the Meliá is close second place for the best view of the city following the W. This hotel has a decidedly chic atmosphere and is known as a popular place that hosts plenty parties on the weekend (whose invite lists don’t usually include hotel guests). Unless you fancy yourself a party crasher, your best bet for some quiet time at this spot is during the week.
The Georgian Terrace
659 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 (404) 897-1991
If you’re looking to preserve your sexy by doing some serious laps, then the Georgian Terrace has the right size pool for you. Located across the street from the Fox Theater, this historical beauty is full of opulence on the interior, poolside, however, is very basic. Plan to get a tan, there aren’t any umbrellas in the vicinity.