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9 Gorgeous Pools In San Diego to Book a Hotel Pool Day Pass

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When you think about fun in the sun in SoCal, you probably think of going to the beach. With summer right around the corner, why not check out some of the gorgeous hotel and resort pools in San Diego? There are tons of hotels to choose from so it can get overwhelming to pick a resort for your daycation.

Girl sitting on the edge of a San Diego hotel pool
Girl in a San Diego Hotel Pool

I’ve narrowed down the list for you with these 9 gorgeous spots with resorts from San Diego rooftop pools to family-fun pools in San Diego! Whether it’s your first time in San Diego or you’ve lived here your whole life and need a staycation, there’s something for everyone on this list.

Resort Pools in San Diego with a Hotel Pool Day Pass

Before we dive into the list of hotel pools in San Diego, here’s a tip on how to book your hotel pool day pass: use ResortPass. On this website, you can browse resort day passes at luxurious hotels in whatever city you’re in or headed to. 

It’s really easy to use! Just choose the resort and package you want then complete your booking all in one place. I used it to book a hotel pool day pass at: 

Historic hotels with pools in San Diego

1. Hotel Del Coronado 

No list of San Diego hotels is complete without this iconic seaside hotel. For over 130 years, Hotel Del Coronado has hosted celebrities, royalties, and numerous visitors or beach-goers. Even if you don’t book a hotel pool day pass, it’s a great addition to any San Diego bucket list.

Hotel Del Coronado pool
Photo Credit: Resort Pass

With your resort day pass, you can relax on a lush daybed on the beach, swim in the heated pool or hot tub, and eat or drink poolside. For a more elevated experience, Hotel Del’s Marilyn Monroe-inspired Beauty Bar will give you the ultimate spa pampering. After, head to the private spa terrace – it’s one of the pools in San Diego with a vanishing edge.

Resort day pass rates: $70+ per day

Hours: Pool 8:00am-8:00pm | Cabanas 10:00am-8:00am

San Diego rooftop pools with a resort day pass

2. Solamar San Diego

Solamar is one of the best hotel pools in San Diego for the perfect city getaway. Located in the famous Gaslamp Quarter, this San Diego rooftop pool is vibrant and chic. Trendy decor makes it the “most photogenic boutique hotel” in SD with plenty of photo opportunities around the property. I’d totally take one in front of this “California Dreamin’” wall

Rooftop of Solamar Hotel in downtown San Diego
Photo credit: Resort Pass

The hotel pool day pass includes a comfy lounge chair, food and drinks for purchase from Upper East Bar, and discounted valet parking. Groups can be accommodated with the Sunday Funday Cabana package or the Last Fling Before the Ring package. It’s the perfect place for a bachelorette party on a San Diego rooftop pool!

Resort day pass rates: $25+ per day

Hours: Pool 11:00am-4:00pm | Cabana 11:00am-4:00pm | Bar and Restaurant 10:00am-8:00pm

3. Westgate Hotel 

We can’t talk about San Diego rooftop pools without putting the largest one on the list, right? The Westgate Hotel itself has an elegant French charm, but it’s the modern AquaVie Fitness + Wellness Club on-site that’ll give you the luxurious daycation you want.

With Westgate’s hotel pool day pass, you’ll have access to the largest San Diego rooftop pool where you can drink and dine poolside, spa amenities (hot tub, sauna, steam room), a running track, and 40,000 square-foot fitness facility.

Resort day pass rates: $35+ per day

Hours: Pool 8:00am-4:00pm Sat-Sun | 6:00am-8:00pm Mon-Fri

Resorts and hotel pool day passes for family fun

4. Paradise Point Resort & Spa

This Mission Bay resort offers tons of fun for a family daycation in and out of the pool. Located on a 44-acre island, you’ll get tropical vibes at Paradise Point’s 5 pools in San Diego – one of which is adults only. Spend the day relaxing by the pools, but if you or the kids are itching to do more there’s no shortage of activities on-site.

Fruity drinks in front of Paradise Point Hotel Pool
Photo Credit Resort Pass

Play tennis, basketball, or mini-golf (reservation required). Bike and walk on 14 miles of waterfront paths. Eat and drink at any of the various restaurants. Their hotel pool day pass includes all of that and more!

Resort day pass rates: Adults $20+ per day | Children $10+ per day

Hours: Pool 6:00am-10:00pm

5. Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina

Another resort with the best pools in San Diego for a family daycation is the Hyatt Regency in Mission Bay. It has not one, not two, but THREE waterslides. Who’s ready to feel like a kid again! With 3 pools and discounts on watersport rentals, the whole family can enjoy a day full of water fun.

Heading there without kids? Book a private cabana and enjoy the premium amenities for a fabulous poolside experience. You can also book a Day Room for the ultimate comfort. Whichever one you choose, your hotel pool day pass includes food and drink discounts.

Resort day pass rates: Adults $40+ per day | Children $30+ per day | Afternoon Pass (3pm-8pm) Adults $25+ per day | Afternoon Pass Children $20+ per day

Hours: Pool & Cabanas 11:00am-7:00pm | Waterslides 11:00am-6:00pm | Day Room 10:00am-6:00pm

Hotel pools in San Diego that will make you feel like you’re abroad

6. Rancho Bernardo Inn 

Located in North San Diego, this boutique luxury hotel offers a nice getaway from the hustle of downtown. Rancho Bernardo Inn’s Spanish-style architecture is marked with 21 fountains around the resort. Being situated on a spacious golf course makes it a true hidden gem when it comes to pools in San Diego. You’ll totally feel like you’re abroad in the European countryside!

Rancho Bernardo Inn pool
Photo Credit: Rancho Bernardo Inn

The hotel pool day pass includes use of the two outdoor pools (but not the spa pool!), fitness center, snacks and drinks. For the ultimate comfort and luxury, the Work Pass includes Day Passes plus a private room for working or relaxing for the day.

Resort day pass rates: $25+ per day

Hours: Day Pass 6:30am-10:00pm

7. La Valencia Hotel & Spa 

La Jolla’s “Pink Lady” is another iconic hotel in San Diego. Welcoming the Hollywood elite over the past 90+ years, you’ll feel like a star when you book a hotel pool day pass here. La Valencia Hotel’s luxury  is a bit of “Old Hollywood meets Alhambra meets French Riviera” with its pink exterior and unmatched panoramic views of the Pacific Coast.

La Valencia Hotel pool with views of the ocean which is one of the most gorgeous hotel pools in San Diego
Photo Credit: Booking .com

A resort day pass includes use of the outdoor heated pool surrounded by bougainvilleas and palm trees and poolside food and beverage service. Take your day of lounging by pools in San Diego to the next level, by giving their Work Pass or Daycation Package a look. 

Resort day pass rates: $60+ per day

Hours: Pool 7:00am-10:00am | Food & Drink Service 10:00am-6:00pm

Resorts outside San Diego with hotel pool day passes for a day trip getaway

8. Harrah’s Resort Southern California

Having one of 2019’s best pools in San Diego Magazine Reader’s poll, Harrah’s Resort is worth the hour drive out of town. Aside from the main pool, there’s a 400-foot lazy river, 8 hot tubs, poolside games, and a fitness center. There’s even entertainment on weekends during spring and summer. The best part is that they have SoCal’s first SWIM-UP BAR!

One of the best pools in San Diego is at the Harrah's Resort which is pictured here
Photo Credit: Harrah’s

If you’re traveling with children, be sure to read all the policies as some areas are adults only. Since it’s a resort and casino all in one, you can easily turn your hotel pool day pass into a weekend getaway at this SoCal oasis.

Resort day pass rates: $25+ per day

Hours: Pool 8:00am-6:00pm | Pool Entertainment (Spring & Summer) 8:00pm-1:00am

9. Pala Casino Spa and Resort

Looking for pools in San Diego that offer a Vegas-style daycation without the drive/flight? Pala is definitely the resort to choose for your hotel pool day pass. Near Harrah’s, it was recently renovated and upgraded within the last few years.

You won’t have to worry about kids or families here. The pool area is adults only! And you can level up your relaxation with any of the daybed, cabana, or spa resort day passes. Soak up the sun in any of the 5 pools and 2 hot tubs and at night, check out the nightlife, casino, or entertainment (if in season).

Resort day pass rates: $25+ per day

Hours: Pool and Cabanas 9:00am-5:00pm Monday-Thursday | 9:00am-7:00pm (Saturday-Sunday)

FINAL THOUGHTS FROM YOUR OUTDOOR LOVING GIRL

I don’t know about you, but writing this post made me excited for warmer weather and summertime! I love a good pool day with a yummy drink in my hand.

I hope you have found this article helpful and when you come to San Diego make sure to visit one of these pools.

Again, your best option for being able to visit these gorgeous pools without staying at the resort is going to be through using Resort Pass.

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