There are pools, and then there are pools.
You know, swanky affairs where the water is turquoise, the atmosphere is pumping and the drinks are frosty and tropical. Where the poolside nibbles are eminently Instagram-worthy and mingling from inside your luxe cabana is the order of the day.
We’ve found a few swanky pools at AAA Diamond Rated hotels in the Northeast where you can let go after a particularly stressful week. Or not! No judging here … just good vibes, cool tunes and plenty of chill.
Fox Tower Pool
Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Conn.
Take a break from gaming, shopping or dining at North America’s largest resort casino at the pool at the Four Diamond Rated Fox Tower. Here you’ll find 5,500 square feet of summertime goodness, complete with lounge chairs, poolside eats and drinks and eight private cabanas stocked with flat-screen TVs available for rental. Or feel like a true goddess and rent a daybed with attached canopy.
If you’re in the mood for a high-energy party, head over for LiquidSundays. Complete with a DJ, themed events and celebrity guests, the 21-plus soiree is the flashiest pool party you’ll see this side of Vegas.
Come for the retro-chic vibe – each room comes complete with a typewriter, vinyl albums and working record player – stay for the outdoor saltwater pool, set in a sunny center courtyard. It’s in a funky setting, surrounded by pops of warm colors and plenty of outdoor seating and cafe tables.
After your dip, head down to Hojoko, the hotel’s Japanese tavern, where you can tuck into a bowl of ramen, roll your own sushi, or snack on some gochujang chicken wings. (The Hojoko moniker is a nod to the building’s former incarnation as a Howard Johnson hotel.)
Oh, and did we mention the AAA Two Diamond Rated hotel is right across from Fenway? You can see the famous green façade from your perch in the pool.
Providence Marriott Downtown, Providence, R.I.
Aqua lays claim to having Rhode Island’s only connecting indoor-outdoor pool, complete with plenty of outdoor seating done in cool orange and sapphire blue hues. A AAA inspector calls the outdoor courtyard a “popular place to relax on modern loungers and chairs, especially at night when the multiple fire pits are roaring.”
Here you’ll find live music, handcrafted cocktails and light fare (think veggie burgers, duck wings and housemade salsa with chips). Signature drinks include a blue mojito with blueberry syrup, Blue Curacao, white rum, club soda and lime juice muddled with mint.
Need to work off some stress? Reserve a poolside massage via the Three Diamond Rated hotel’s G Salon and Spa, or reserve one of the three covered cabanas for the ultimate in luxury.
You don’t even have to be a hotel guest to take a dip. You can reserve a one-day pool pass the day of your visit, Monday through Thursday.
Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina
You’ll be pampered at Three Diamond Rated Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina, which lays claim to having the city’s only outdoor hotel pool. The seaside views are stunning, with the Newport Pell Bridge almost close enough to touch. Row upon row of lounge chairs are available for guests, as are private cabanas with bamboo roofs and gauzy white curtains.
Feeling a bit peckish? Order a traditional lobster roll while sipping a sparkling glass of prosecco, courtesy of the poolside Pineapple Club.
The hotel even has its own pair of pygmy goats, William and Cornelius, who live on the property in a replica of Marble House and mingle with guests. After all, the resort is located on Goat Island!
The William Vale
Be a cool cat – literally – at The Vale Pool at the AAA Four Diamond Rated The William Vale in hip Williamsburg. Rent a daybed, cabana or pergola while sipping a rose sangria and sampling an heirloom tomato salad with local feta cheese or fresh slices of watermelon served with lime and chili sugar.
Or hang out at the adjacent Vale Terrace, an open-air space where you can play some garden games or just hang out in the shade with a book from the poolside library curated by independent bookseller McNally Jackson.
A AAA inspector raved about the hotel’s rooftop lounge, where one can spy an “amazing view” of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
The pool offers day passes Monday through Thursday, pending availability, for those not staying at the hotel.
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