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Cool off at these 14 Austin hotels offering pool day passes

Looking for a pool day? These 14 Austin hotels offer pool day passes—and some other perks. (W Austin/Facebook)

With at least two months of extremely summer high temperatures ahead, Austinites in search of respite may find it in the form of a hotel pool day pass.


Although pricier than a day at Barton Springs or Deep Eddy pools, day passes often come with perks, such as free parking and the option to drink poolside. Here are 13 local hotels where you can cool down:

Austin Motel 

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sun., $20 Mon.-Thurs and $40 Fri.-Sun., reservations required

The South Congress mainstay offers passes for three-hour blocks at its iconic kidney-shaped pool. There's a pool bar, and kids under 5 can join in for free. There are also adult night swim passes available for a discounted price.

Carpenter Hotel 

10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., $25, reservations required

This chic South Austin hotel, just down the street from Barton Springs, offers four-hour pool passes on weekdays, with access to the full hotel menu, shade for summer reading and buckets of beer.

Colton House Hotel 

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sun., $20, reservations required

This brand new boutique hotel on South Congress offers daytime pool passes, parking and towel service included. Kids under 2 are free. There's also a coffee and cocktail bar, Simona's.

East Austin Hotel 

12-4 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 12-4 p.m. Sun., $40, reservations required

Nestled along East Sixth Street, this hotel offers a hidden escape, with complimentary parking and poolside food and drink service for four-hour reservation holders. Kids under 5 are free.

Fairmont Austin

6 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., $150-$600, reservations required

Austinites can reserve a cabana at this luxury downtown hotel's rooftop pool and enjoy unique perks, like an automated sunscreen kiosk, complimentary Evian facial spritzes and chilled towels. Cabanas come outfitted with a 50-inch television and provide great skyline views.

Hotel Ella 

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Thurs and Sun., $25, reservations required

This historic boutique hotel in West Campus offers daytime pool passes, with access to the hotel restaurant, Goodall's.

JW Marriott

12-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., $40 for day pass, $100 for daybed, $200 for cabana, reservations required

This downtown pool features the Edge Pool, four floors above Congress Avenue and marked with a Texas state outline. Locals can reserve cabanas or book a spa treatment, which comes with free pool access Monday through Thursday.

Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt

11 a.m.-sundown Mon.-Sun., $38 for day pass, $100-$500 for cabanas, reservations required

High above Rainey Street, this hotel pool offers choice views of Lady Bird Lake, complimentary sunscreen and rentable cabanas that can fit groups of up to 12 people.

The Line 

10 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., $40, reservations required

This instantly recognizable hotel offers half- and full-day passes to its heated salt water infinity pool, which overlooks the Congress Avenue bridge and Lady Bird Lake. Complimentary parking and access to the hotel's Veracruz walk-up window included.

Omni Austin Hotel Downtown 

9 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Sun., $35, reservations required

This downtown hotel's rooftop pool is another hidden gem, with complimentary parking and food and drink service available.

South Congress Hotel 

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., $30, reservations required

Surrounded by lush gardens and overlooking South Congress Avenue, this rooftop pool pass comes with free parking and access to the hotel restaurant, Cafe No Sé.

W Austin 

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. $30, reservations required

This hotel wet deck, high above downtown, offers pool access, rental cabanas, tanning shelves and a pair of outdoor showers to rinse off at the end of the day.

The Westin Austin 

1-9 p.m. Mon.-Sun, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun., $40 for two reserved lounge chairs, $70 for daybed, $200-$300 for cabana, reservations required

This downtown hotel pool pass comes with reserved poolside lounge chairs and access to Azul, the tallest hotel rooftop bar in the city.

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