Marriott snagged this location just off Korean Veterans Boulevard for its first “tri-brand” hotel. Combining an AC Hotel, SpringHill Suites and Residence Inn all in one complex, it promises you more amenities than you can shake a stick at. Case in point – the shared outdoor heated pool on the sixth floor. Reserve a spot, either in the shade or under the sun’s rays, and let those Tennessee temperatures work through you as you gaze at the skyscrapers reflected in its surface.
The rooftop pool atop the Kimpton Aerston hotel has a lovely view – from here, you can see the handsome brick clock tower of Vanderbilt University’s Kirkland Hall. Open seasonally, this eighth-floor getaway only admits hotel guests and residents of the apartments in the building. That’s good news – other rooftop pools in town have become clamorous public drinking destinations. Place your chaise in the shallow end and bask, keeping cool as the day heats up.
Could there be anything more utterly Nashville than lounging beside a rooftop pool with a bourbon-laced libation in hand, while listening to the sounds of honky tonk drifting up from below? Since Holston House resides downtown, this is precisely the scenario at TENN, its rooftop whiskey bar and pool. Just note that this is a wading, soaking and sipping pool. If it’s not crowded, there’s the possibility of getting in a few laps, but it isn’t a destination for diving.
No one has nailed the poolside vibe quite like American singer-songwriter Jimmy ‘Margaritaville’ Buffett. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the pool at the fourth-floor Fins Bar seems to whisk you away to a legit tropical location. The mosaic pool has lounge chairs submerged in the cool, blue water. On Friday and Saturday nights, hotel guests have the pool to themselves; the rest of the week, it is open to anyone seeking out the laid-back Margaritaville lifestyle.
The sleek skyscraper that houses the JW Marriott is one of the most modern, striking edifices on the Nashville skyline: a giant, elliptical glass drum, glinting silver. You’ll feel swanky and A-list the second you walk into the lobby. By the time you get to the third-floor outdoor heated pool, lined with sleek, slimline white loungers, you’ll be looking for the paparazzi. Poolside cabanas have plenty of privacy, and the Cabana Club here does a thirst-quenching cucumber margarita.
Located downtown on Printers Alley, the Bobby is a hip hotel with a buzzy vibe as well as compelling art and decor that keep your eyes roving restlessly. That energy is only intensified on its rooftop, where you’ll find a photo-worthy bar constructed from a full-sized Greyhound bus. Seasonal attractions include igloo-like cubicles in the winter. In the summer, the outdoor pool is lovely, with curvaceous lounge chairs semi-submerged, for ostentatious soaking.
Nashville’s only true resort is an oasis, with atriums, indoor gardens, impeccable service and multiple pools to glide through. That includes seasonal outdoor numbers and a year-round full-size lap pool conveniently close to the spa. The on-site SoundWaves water park is a swimsuit-show-off’s dream. It’s got adult-only lounge areas, its own bars and food service, indoor slides, an outdoor wave pool with movie screens and a lazy river – for the perfect twirl.
The fifth-floor outdoor pool at the Cambria is an unusual cross-shape. It’s not deep enough to dive into or long enough to permit lap swims. The pleasure of the place is the indolence it affords you – sitting, soaking, sipping and taking in the views of SoBro, aka south of Broadway. Based here, you’re perfectly positioned to wander downtown, admiring some of Nashville’s most historic architecture: its Renaissance Revival early high-rises and its spindly spired churches.
While you’re walking around downtown Nashville or SoBro, crane your neck at the Westin. You may be able to see the pool from the ground level. L27 – on the hotel’s 27th (and 28th) floors – is a two-story party palace, the blue water visible through its clear glass sides. Along with its cabanas, it’s a magnet for carousers and Instagrammers. Don’t roll up expecting to get in some laps, but do anticipate making a few new best buddies – this joint jumps by night.
The Drury Plaza has a convenient SoBro location and a utilitarian vibe – in other words, it’s a reliable option if you’re not in need of fancy surrounds, just a handy base for Nashville explorations. The same can be said for the eighth-floor indoor pool and hot tub. You’re not going to find any hipsters hanging out here on balmy weekend nights, but – particularly if you’re staying with the family – it is perfectly big enough for cooling off in, as you splash around.