Best Hotel Pools for Non-Guests

By local contributor
Adam Haught

One of the best ways to stay cool this summer is with a refreshing dip in one of Scottsdale’s sparkling resort pools. Not a guest? Not a problem! Here is your guide to the top hotel pools for non-guests.  


Resort Pass 

This is your one-stop shop for buying day passes to Scottsdale’s most popular hotel and resort pools. Simply pick the date, choose the hotel that best fits your style and – boom! – your daycation is booked. Rates vary depending on the day of the week and resort you select.


Release Pool Parties  

Kick off your summer weekends with A-list DJs at Talking Stick Resort’s iconic Release Pool Parties. The party happens every Saturday, as well as some Sundays, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. You can opt for SRO tickets for $35 or go big and reserve a luxurious poolside cabana for lounging and people watching. The full event schedule and booking is available online.


WET Pool Deck 

Located at the W Hotel in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale’s Entertainment District, this chic 24/7 pool is the place to see and be seen any time of day. The pool features underwater lighting, music and even cooled water for the hottest summer days. DJs spin the latest beats from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Friday through Sunday. For access to WET, call 602-405-0099 to reserve a day bed or cabana.


OH Pool 

Don’t miss Hotel Valley Ho’s weekend pool extravaganza! From March through September, enjoy rosé wine discounts all day on Frosé Fridays, then get ready for craft cocktail specials and DJ entertainment on Session Saturdays and Recovery Sundays. On all Saturdays, as well as on Sundays of holiday weekends, cabana or daybed rentals are required for pool access. On other days, contact the front desk to inquire about availability and obtain access credentials. Call 844-300-8472 for daybed or cabana reservations.


The Saguaro Scottsdale 

The pool at Saguaro Scottsdale is open to non-resort guests on Saturdays during their seasonal Pool Party events, which run from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The festivities take place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and showcase Arizona’s hottest rising stars playing rhythm-driven music. A cover charge will get you access to the party, or you can reserve your own daybed or cabana online to party in true Scottsdale style.


Mountain Shadows 

You’ll need cabana reservations to enjoy the Summer Serenity scene at Mountain Shadows’ Citizens Club pool complex, but it will be well worth it! A carefully curated playlist of chill summer music sets the sonic backdrop for lounging beside the resort’s two 75-foot-long lap pools and soaking up the scenic Camelback Mountain views. Fresh drinks from the juice bar, light bites, bottle service and a special Rosé menu that includes refreshing bevvies by the glass or bottle are available. Call 480-624-5400 to book your cabana today.