For many visiting Las Vegas, the hotel pool is a crucial amenity, oftentimes more important than the casino, guestrooms, dining options, or bars on site. While many come to Las Vegas to primarily gamble, others look to relax and soak in the desert sun. It leaves many wondering, “What hotels have the best pools in Las Vegas?”. After all, booking a resort with a tiny, shaded, or low-quality pool could be catastrophic. Although there isn’t a “best” pool in Vegas per se, there are a number that are solid contenders for that distinction.
Let us provide a window into pools considered to be among the best in Vegas, both on the Strip and Downtown.
Best Pools On The Las Vegas Strip
Mandalay Bay’s Beach: Mandalay Bay’s pool complex has a firmly entrenched position in the upper echelon among the best pools in Las Vegas. Why? How much time do you have?
Among our favorite aspects of Mandalay’s pool is the differentiation of offerings. The 11-acre complex boasts a 1.6 million gallon wave pool that churns out 6-foot tall waves, a real sand beach, a jogging path, a lazy river, and 4 swimming pools. We can personally verify that floating laps on one of the few lazy fivers in Vegas is great therapy the morning after a long night. Check out this oasis in the desert below.
MGM Grand: Like Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand ranks among the top pools in Las Vegas due to the diversity of amenities spread out over a sprawling 6.5-acre complex. Encompassed within MGM Grand’s pool deck is a 1,000 foot long lazy river, 3 whirlpools, and 4 pools complete with waterfalls. The environment has a tropical feel due to the abundance of palm trees and plant life, which also serve as a privacy barrier segmenting the pool deck into smaller sections. The best way to get a feel for the size and scope of the pool at MGM grand is from the above.
Caesars Palace: The Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace spans 5-acres with pools on 3 levels. Comprised of 8 total pools spread across the complex, you are sure to find space to stretch out and absorb the Nevada sun. Like others on the list of top pools, Caesars earns mention not only for the expansive nature of its pool deck but for the sights your eyes feast on while lounging. Nestled between hotel towers, Caesars’ does a fantastic job extending the resort’s Roman theme and decor to the pool creating a unique and differentiated experience. Another aspect we love is the opportunity to play swim-up blackjack in the shaded Fortuna Pool.
Bellagio: Consistently recognized as one of the top resorts in Vegas, it won’t surprise you that Bellagio’s pool is also highly regarded. Incorporating 5 pools and 4 hot tubs into a Mediterranean themed pool deck, Bellagio provides a relaxing environment to rest and rejuvenate before tackling the day ahead. Although expansive, the pool deck is divided into several separate courtyards creating a more intimate vibe.
Flamingo: Another top pool in Vegas with a tropical vibe, GoPool at Flamingo incorporates a waterfall and lagoons into a visually appealing complex that exudes a party atmosphere. Among our favorite features of Flamingo’s design is the incorporation of palm trees in the middle of the pool. A 21+ experience, guests can check the calendar of events in advance here.
Cosmopolitan: As one of the nicest hotel properties in Las Vegas, a top tier pool experience is expected and Cosmopolitan delivers with two distinct pool scenes.
Cosmo’s Boulevard Pool is perched on the rooftop near the front of the property providing stunning views of the surrounding Las Vegas Strip. Boulevard is billed as being Cosmopolitan’s “upbeat” pool with music and a festive atmosphere. Adding to the uniqueness of the Boulevard Pool is that loungers can be found on various levels surrounding the pool, allowing guests to find the perfect amount of seclusion, sun, or shade. Complete with a poolside bar, and jacuzzi big enough to fit about 25 people, Cosmo’s Boulevard Pool is among our favorites in Vegas.
The Chelsea Pool is a separate pool experience located on the south side of the property and is designed to be a quiet place to relax without the constant thumping of bass. “Chill” is the best way to describe Chelsea which remains open year-round.
Wynn: As you would expect, one of the most luxurious properties in Las Vegas has one of the best pools on the Strip. While absent are the wave pools, lazy rivers, and sand beaches that comprise other top pools in Vegas, Wynn excels at quiet, relaxing, decadence. Their main pool is shaped like a long barbell surrounded by privacy producing greenery and plant life. Wynn’s pool is in the top echelon due to the beauty and class that the complex exudes.
Mirage: One common characteristic that the best pools in Las Vegas share is uniqueness. They stand out from the pack in some way. Mirage accomplishes this by surrounding their complex with palm trees and tropical plant life that provides the illusion of being closer to the equator than the desert. Adding to the appeal, Mirage’s 2 pools and 2 whirlpools are filled with saltwater, allowing guests to avoid that distinctive chlorine smell and eye irritation that come with use of the chemical. The pool’s signature feature though is the waterfall that guests can swim underneath to find reprieve from the desert sun.
Venetian/Palazzo: With a combined 7 pools that match the level of quality guests have come to expect at Venetian and Palazzo, this combined rooftop pool deck is among the best in Vegas. In addition to your “run of the mill” pools, Venetian has 3 infinity pools and a splash pad, while Palazzo offers a 1-foot deep lounge pool. Both pools offer a number of hot tubs and their own bar. With a variety of available seating options, you are destined to find the perfect amount of sun and privacy.
Honorable Mention – Best Pool on the Strip
Paris: While the circular rooftop pool won’t blow you away, the Soleil pool deck’s location on Paris’ rooftop sandwiched between the hotel tower and the replica Eiffel Tower is pretty darn unique.
Best Pools in Downtown Las Vegas
Circa: Circa’s Stadium Swim easily takes the crown of best pool downtown, although sports bettors will likely consider it to be the best in all of Vegas due to the 143-foot screen which displays betting lines and sporting events. Although the screen steals the show, the pool itself is no slouch with 6 separate pools, 2 jacuzzis, and 2 swim-up bars. Every one of Circa’s 330+ loungers, 30 cabanas, and 38 day beds all point towards the screen so you’ll never miss a minute of the action.
Circa keeps the pool heated to 98 degrees all winter long, meaning you can take advantage of this haven year-round. Although guests of Circa, The D, and Golden Gate have complimentary access to the pool deck, non-guests can access Stadium Swim for a small cover (typically $10).
Golden Nugget: Although recently dethroned as the best pool on Fremont Street by Circa, Golden Nugget’s Tank still packs a punch. The pool itself is built around a 200,000-gallon aquarium that houses an array of tropical aquatic life to include sharks. Jutting through the middle of the aquarium is a clear tub waterslide that allows riders to get up close and personal with the sharks.
If booking a hotel with one of the best pool scenes in Vegas is a priority, you will have a tough time going wrong with any of the above resort options. Have a great time in Vegas, and enjoy your poolside relaxation!