Americas hotels have been stepping up their pool game to ensure vacationers have the most epic travel experiences. For guests who are looking to spend a day lounging poolside  – whether traveling as a family, as a couple, solo or with friend – theres a special pool to meet every need. To help with your trip planning, we put together a guide to some of our favorite hotel pools in America. Go ahead and dive in!

Most Kid-Friendly
Grand Wailea Resort – Kihei, Hawaii

Although the Grand Wailea Resort is just steps away from one of the best-rated beaches in Maui (and the world), when it comes to a family vacation, it’s hard to pass up an aqua-adventure like this. The resort features nine different pools, a lazy river pool, four waterslides, six waterfalls, a Tarzan-likerope swing, a sand-bottom lagoon, caves and, beat this, the worlds first water elevator. Poolside, the resort also offers workshops for kids, including lessons in making lei and puka shell necklaces and Hawaiian wood creations.

Grand Wailea Resort located in Kihei, Hawaii.

Best Rooftop Pool
The James – New York

If youre looking for the best views of the Big Apple, look no further than the 18-floor rooftop pool and lounge atop The James, located in Soho, New York City. Although its smaller than most pools, youll be too caught up in the 360-degree cityscape views to even notice. The chic wading pool provides waterproof e-readers, outdoor showers, massive chaise lounges and an eye-level view of the Empire State Building – perfect for a night of urban fireworks!

Photo from The James Hotel New York website.
The James New York located in New York.

Can’t get enough of the rooftop vibe? Check out this list of kid-friendly rooftops around the world from The Rooftop Guide!

Best View from the Pool
Amangani – Jackson, Wyoming

Sitting at the base of the Teton Mountain Range of the Rocky Mountains, the Amangani scores this spot for its unbeatable scenery. The 115-foot pool is heated year-round, so you can immerse yourself amid the rolling green hills (sometimes topped with sheep and buffalo) in the summer months, and the snow covered peaks in the colder months.

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Amangani Resort located in Jackson, Wyoming.

Best Infinity Pool
Viceroy Miami – Miami

On the 15th floor of the Viceroy Miami is a strip of turquoise tranquility. Here you find three pool options: a wading pool, an 80-person hot tub (the worlds largest) and, best of all, a football field-sized infinity pool (Floridas longest). The infinity pool and pool deck overlook the beautiful Biscayne Bay and vibrant downtown Miami in the nearby distance.

The Viceroy Hotel and Resort located in Miami.

Best Lap Pool
InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile – Chicago

For the serious swimmers the amateur Michael Phelpsof the world the InterContinental Chicago is the place to be. The IC Chicago features a junior Olympic-sized, 25-meter, heated indoor lap pool, the only original IC athletic club element to survive today. The ornate pool room shimmers with European flare. Its decorated with a terra-cotta Grecian Neptune fountain, blue Spanish tiles and fish-scaled windows that cast a glittering light on the water.

InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile located in Chicago.

Best for Entertainment
Wet Republic at the MGM Grand – Las Vegas

There’s no pool party like a Wet Republic pool party. From bikini competitions to world-renowned DJ events, Wet Republic is the place to cool off and party on. There’s over 6,000 square feet of saltwater pools, 2,500 square feet of open-air lounge areas, daybeds, bungalows and party cabanas. Be sure to check the entertainment calendar and pre-order tickets to special events.

Wet Republic located in Las Vegas.
Wet Republic located in Las Vegas.

Best Indoor Pool
Harrah’s Resort – Atlantic City, New Jersey

Enjoy the always sunny and 82-degree indoor pool at Harrahs Resort Atlantic City 365 days a year. The glass-domed pool area is filled with palm trees and other lush greenery, fooling your senses into believing youre in the tropics no matter the time of year. Whether youre looking for tranquility or trying to keep active, Harrahs caters to all interests. Also, you  do not need worry about putting on sunscreen, because the glass roof is UV-absorbent!

Harrah's Resort Atlantic City located in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City located in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Most Romantic
The Omni Grove Park Inn – Asheville, North Carolina

Set in the majestic Smokey Mountains, in an underground grotto, are 10 mineral-based, chlorine-free pools caved in by rock walls, arches and tunnels. Unwind and enjoy thundering waterfalls, underwater music and 6,500 fiber-optic stars embedded to the ceiling above.

The Omni Grove Park Inn Hotel and Resort located in Asheville, North Carolina.
The Omni Grove Park Inn Hotel and Resort located in Asheville, North Carolina.

Most Soothing
Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge – Glenwood Springs, Colorado

The lodge boasts the world’s largest hot springs pool, where 3.5 million gallons of nearby spring water flows into therapy pools daily. The larger leisure pool is set at a soothing 93 degrees Fahrenheit, but if you’re really looking to blow off some steam, plunge into the smaller of the two pools, kept a bit warmer at 104 degrees.

Glenwood Hot Springs Spa located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Glenwood Hot Springs Spa located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

Best Pool for Thrillseekers
Golden Nugget – Las Vegas

What happens in Vegas, only makes sense in Vegas. That includes the 200,000-gallon, shark-filled aquarium in the middle of the Golden Nugget pool. To get up close and personal with these sea creatures, head down the Shark Chute, a three-story waterslide that shoots you straight through the fish tank.

Goldne Nugget Casino Hotel located in Las Vegas.
Golden Nugget Casino Hotel located in Las Vegas.

Most Historic
Hotel del Coronado – Coronado, California

Though the pool itself might not be anything out of the ordinary, it’s the land on which it sits that makes the pool at Hotel Del one of our favorite historic pools. The picturesque Victorian-style hotel built in 1888 was named a National Historic Landmark in 1977. Since its earliest days, the Del has accommodated U.S. royalty from President Benjamin Harrison to Gerald Ford, and celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe. Grab your family and dive into the history of this American treasure.


Hotel del Coronado located in Coronado, California.
Hotel del Coronado located in Coronado, California.

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