6 Splashy Big City Staycations

May 7, 2015

A day at the pool followed by a night in a freshly made bed, maybe with room service to boot. Sounds like a vacation, right? But taking a vacation doesn’t always mean boarding a plane or driving for hours.

We wanted to find quick escapes for city dwellers for a plush staycation in some of our favorite hotels, complete with the kind of pools you can’t wait to Instagram. So grab an overnight bag, pack your favorite swimsuit and enjoy a new corner of your city.

W Miami

Experience for yourself the pool named one of the “World’s Coolest Pools” by Travel + Leisure in 2012. 


Las Vegas: Palms Place

For locals and guests alike, there's no better place to unwind and relax than slightly off Strip here. In room, suites start at 600 square feet, plenty of space to spread out. The serene rooftop pool sits aside the famed Simon Restaurant & Lounge where celebrity chef Kerry Simon serves organic and New American favorites.


Los Angeles: Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

This iconic hotel, known for its huge signage greeting people to Hollywood, also has a lot going on inside. The David Hockney-inscribed pool is large even by LA standards and becomes a party scene after dark. 


Washington, D.C.: The Liaison Capitol Hill

This property boasts the largest rooftop pool and bar in the district, and downstairs guests can treat themselves to The Art and Soul restaurant, helmed by a James Beard Award-winning chef.


InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile

When this hotel was recently refurnished, the showpiece became its enormous Art Deco pool. This staycation is in the perfect spot for the Chicagoan who always wants to get to the Art Institute or the theater but hadn't made time yet.


San Francisco: Hotel Vitale

Locals know that San Francisco can stay chilly throughout the spring, but the perfect spot to warm up on the Embarcadero is the hot tub on the rooftop terrace.  One floor down in the penthouse has a spa complete with open-air soaking tubs.



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