Ever walked around a luxury hotel or resort, admired the pool area, and wished you were a guest? Resorts are increasingly picking up some incremental revenue by allowing non-guests to use pools for a fee.
I recently was impressed by the grounds of the swanky Arizona Biltmore in Scottsdale, where the landscaping and pool (pictured) are most inviting. Non-guests can rent a cabana for the day. Fees vary depend on the season and day—you might pay as much as $300, but your fee can be put toward your meals and drinks.
In Vegas, the pool scene is varsity, and the party goes night and day. Models as waitstaff, expensive sound systems, and swim-up gambling are some of the perks. At the Aria, it’s $10 for women, $20 for men. At the Hard Rock, non-guests are welcome during weekdays–$20 for women, $40 for men. Caesar’s charges non-guests $20 Friday through Sunday. Rent a cabana at the very posh Mandarin Oriental, and you’re in even if you’re not a guest. The Palms, MGM Grand, and the Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan (whose great ad slogan is “Just the right amount of wrong”) also invite non-guests.
Just check with your favorite property.