May 26, 2023 - Things to Do

How anyone can access D.C.'s private pools

Deck 11 at Yotel in DC. Photo: via Yotel

Deck 11 at Yotel on Capitol Hill. Photo: via Yotel

D.C. is swimming in private pools — at hotels and homes — but you don’t need to hop a fence to get in.

Why it matters: An umbrella, lounge chair, and frozen cocktail are worth the price of admission.

Pass, please: Here are some hotels with passes for the public.

🏊 The Ven Rooftop: The Dupont Circle hotel offers day passes for its rooftop pool, opening today ($60 per person). A rooftop bar and sundeck cater to swimmers and the public with fish tacos and spritzes.

🇺🇲 Washington Hilton: Monthly memberships (starting at $98) include the health club and outdoor pool, plus guest passes and discounts on food/bev.

Pass hack: Hotel pools are usually guest-only, which is where ResortPass comes in. The online booking platform partners with a bunch of local properties for “daycation” packages that include access to pools — plus gyms, daytime rooms, and other perks. Fees vary by time and hotel, but generally run $25 to $100.

🍹 Deck 11: D.C.’s biggest rooftop pool on Capitol Hill with cabanas and a pool bar/lounge for beach-y drinks and Mediterranean eats.

👩‍👧‍👦Omni Shoreham: A “resort-style” setup in Woodley Park with pools for adults and kids.

😎Washington Plaza: A large pool with lounge service in Thomas Circle. An $85 “work pass” also includes gym and room access (8am-5pm).

Good to know: Passes are limited, and often book up early. Fees are gentler if you can go on a weekday, and most packages include hotel Wi-Fi for working between laps.

🏠 Backyard pass: Ultra-private swims at individual homes are available through Swimply (a.k.a. Airbnb for aquaholics). The online platform lets you book thousands of private pools — generally $40 to $100 per hour — with customizable searches for large parties, pets, and, of course, pickleball.


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