Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The poolside bar and lounge are open to the public, and DJs spin Thursday through Sunday evenings until midnight. On cool evenings, the long firepits surrounded by cushioned chairs are a great place for drinking with friends.

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 The poolside bar and lounge are open to the public, and DJs spin Thursday through Sunday evenings until midnight. On cool evenings, the long firepits surrounded by cushioned chairs are a great place for drinking with friends.
The Shangri-La's gorgeous, tiered pool and deck area feels secluded, even though it isn't. The poolside bar and lounge are open to the public, and DJs spin Thursday through Sunday evenings until midnight. On cool evenings, the long firepits surrounded by cushioned chairs are a great place for drinking with friends. Accessible only to guests, L'Ermitage's 24-hour rooftop pool offers 360 degree views of Bel Air and the city around. The huge, beautifully landscaped, full-service pool is one of Beverly Hills' best. Attendants seat guests around the serene pool (no traffic noise here) and bring free water and menus for poolside dining from the Cabana Club Cafe. The picturesque pool on the top floor, which boasts 360-degree views of the city, is one of the hotel's highlights. The pool itself is small, but it's heated and salty (the newest trend in hotel poolery), and the surrounding deck, with its hip design, makes it one of the Ermitage's main draws, especially in nice weather. The Casa del Mar pool is right on the water, and swimmers can enjoy great views of the beach, ocean breezes and salt spray in the air. The Downtown Standard L.A.'s rooftop pool/bar is infamous for its parties and after-hours swimming. (It helps that drinks are served until 1:30 a.m.) The fantastic views add to the experience, whether guests choose to get wet or not. The London's gorgeous rooftop pool offers outstanding views and plenty of comfortable lounge chairs. The poolside food service is handled by chef Gordon Ramsay's restaurant downstairs. The Andaz pool area is a pretty happening place to party when the sun is out. If you're not in the drinking mood, it's a great spot to relax and take in the killer view of L.A. The hotel's outdoor pool, with its distinctive blue Astroturf deck, attracts guests and special events. Things can get a bit rowdy, especially at night -- this is still a popular party spot, and poolside food-and-drink service runs until midnight. The Hollywood Roosevelt's massive 80-foot-by-30-foot pool features an underwater mural by British artist David Hockney. The Thompson Beverly Hills sleek, guest-only rooftop pool overlooks the Hollywood Hills. The pool's not big or deep enough for serious swimming. But it's just fine for sunbathers (or occupants of the lux private cabanas) looking for a quick, cooling dip. The two pools on the SLS's 11,500-square-foot, 6th-floor terrace are beautiful, if impractically shallow -- one is one foot deep, the other four. Whimsical picture frames line the pool deck and lounge chairs are set up in the one-foot-deep water. ...but the Jacuzzi, big enough to fit about a dozen soakers, is a treat, especially at night. ...but the Jacuzzi, big enough to fit about a dozen soakers, is a treat, especially at night. The comparison really isn't fair -- the Terranea is far from L.A.'s popular tourist attractions -- but its three pools handily beat the offerings at the city's more urban properties. The main pool has a fountain, waterslide, hot tub, and drink service. The adult pool, behind a locked door, features the resort's best ocean views. The spa pool has drink service and private outdoor hot tubs, but it's accessible only with a $40 day pass to the spa facilities. Inaugurated by star Esther Williams in 1955, the Olympic-size Aqua Star Pool is the largest heated pool in Beverly Hills. Landscaped with towering palms and surrounded by cabanas, the pool feels just as glamorous today.
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