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Scorched? This Site Lets You Buy Passes to Hotel Pools in Your City

ResortPass is like the friend with a pool that you had as a kid—if your friend had the same pool as a luxury resort in downtown Manhattan.
Ian Burke
Brooklyn, US
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Photo: Getty Images

New York has its charms, but effective air conditioning is certainly not one of them. Sure, you could crank open a fire hydrant or take the ferry to Rockaway, but wouldn’t it be nice to swan dive into a crystal-clear swimming pool while you hammer a few margs on a chaise lounge? [Drools.] 

Unfortunately, unless your name is on the side of some building in Midtown, you probably don’t have a pool in your backyard if you live in the city. (No, the puddle in the overgrown lot behind your building where the cats fight at night doesn’t count.) But, why would anyone want a pool? We want pools, dude. Plu-ral. Luckily, little ol’ you can have multiple pools, today. For cheap. That's where a site called ResortPass comes in.  


Why didn't anyone think of this sooner? We don't know. But ResortPass knows that a lot of hotels sit around with extra space at their pools while a lot of sweaty locals lament their lack of an accessible swimming hole. Depending on the temperature on a given summer day, sometimes we'd gladly fork over a few 20s for the chance to spend hours lounging in the shallow end, spritz in one hand, sausage in the other

So, how does it work? If you become a ResortPass member, you get access to pools, spas, and other sweet amenities at tons of luxurious hotels in cities and towns all over the country. It’s kind of like the friend with a pool that you had as a kid—if your friend had the same pool as a multi-million dollar hotel baron or luxury resort tycoon, and it was located in the center of downtown Manhattan. (If that’s the case, maybe that friend of yours should check out Plum Guide.) 

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Photo Courtesy of Intercontinental Miami

InterContinental Miami, starting at $40 at ResortPass 

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Photo Courtesy of Kimpton Sylvan Hotel

Kimpton Sylvan Hotel, starting at $40 at ResortPass

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Photo Courtesy of Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark

Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark, starting at $25 at ​​ResortPass

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Photo Courtesy of ModernHaus SoHo

ModernHaus SoHo, starting at $100 at ResortPass 

Basically, you can pool hop without having to book a room or having to sneak your way in—not that ending up on a security camera half-naked trying to scale a fence isn’t cool; we just think court is a drag. (Besides, you’ve got enough on your plate.) It’s not just pools either: Members get access to gyms, saunas, and other activities, depending on what the specific hotel offers. Right now, ResortPass is also putting on a $250 giveaway, and it’s free to sign up. 

If you become a member, please invite us. (And get yourself some proper swim trunks, for god’s sake.)

The Rec Room staff independently selected all of the stuff featured in this story.