Most stays in Santa Monica involve a trip to the State Beach, or a trip to the Santa Monica Pier, but on days when you feel like a less active outing, consider lounging in luxury at these Santa Monica hotels with pools. With hand-crafted cocktails, tasty dishes and fresh ocean breezes, you can still get away without leaving the grounds.


Drawing inspiration from the historic Queen Mary’s pool deck, the chic Art Deco Hotel Shangri-La features a heated pool, elegantly striped chaise lounges, chic cabanas, lush greenery, tiered teakwood decks and a private bar. Share the Tower of Fries with friends while sipping an Onyx Mojito,  or pair the hotel’s gin and cucumber cocktail, London Calling, with the Knickerbocker Glory ice cream sundae.

Pool at Hotel Shangri-La


The oceanfront pool at the boutique-style JW Marriott Le Merigot features several amenities for guests to enjoy. Wash down the house favorite fish tacos with a hand-crafted smoky margarita, the Top Shelf Marge, while watching the sun set over the Pacific from the comfort of your chaise.

Pool at JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot


The intimate pool at Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica is nestled in a cozy courtyard, complete with a fire pit and three curtained cabanas that can be reserved in advance for guests seeking privacy. Hungry? Order sea scallops and truffle fries, along with a Stoli-infused Santa Monica Lemonade, off the menu at Longitude Bar + Restaurant, which is adjacent to the pool.

Pool at Le Meridien Delfina


With 13 fire pits surrounding the oceanfront pool deck at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, there is virtually no better place to watch the sun set with family and friends. The hotel’s new restaurant, BarBelle, even offers poolside service, with signature items like the BarBelle Burger and “Locals Only” cocktail.

Pool at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel


Located at the heart of Oceana, the pool doubles as both a swimming escape and lounge-worthy opportunity to sip a handcrafted-cocktail. At The Veranda, Oceana’s poolside dining option, guests are able to enjoy full access to Oceana’s breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. With oversized daybeds and a lush, olive-tree-framed backdrop, visitors will enjoy chic day-to-night relaxation.

Oceana Pool


Located on the famed Ocean Avenue directly across from Palisades Park and the Santa Monica Pier, the solar-heated pool at Shore Hotel offers spectacular views, especially at sunset. Splash in the pool or soak in the soothing hot tub while people watching the passersby on Ocean Avenue. Order the mahi-mahi tacos or salmon avocado salad to fully appreciate the organic herbs grown in the hotel’s sustainable outdoor garden.

Pool at Shore Hotel


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JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot
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Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica
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