The Best Hotels With Pools in Houston, Texas

Find respite from the sizzling Texas heat at one of the best hotel pools in Houston
Find respite from the sizzling Texas heat at one of the best hotel pools in Houston | Courtesy of Marriott Marquis Houston
Emily Roethle

When you’re not taking in Houston’s beautiful architecture, foodie favorites, renowned museums and buzzing social scene, believe us, you’ll be seeking ways to remain at a chilled remove from the sizzling heat of the Texas sun. The easiest solution? A hotel with a cool pool. And we know the best of the bunch in H-Town. So grab your most stylish sunglasses, swimsuit and flip-flops and dive in.

1. The Westin Houston Medical Center

Hotel, Luxury

Outdoor swimming pool at The Westin Houston Medical Center with sun loungers and views of the city
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The Westin Houston Medical Center’s lobby may come with calm-inducing skylights and lots of lush green space, but the most effective respite from the hustle and bustle of downtown is right here: at the rooftop pool, with water chaises, downtown views and a laid-back lounge area furnished with cozy cabanas. When hunger pangs strike, make your way to Terrace 54 Bar + Table and order the Gulf shrimp spaghetti, which comes with yet more stunning floor-to-ceiling views.

2. Hyatt Regency Houston

Hotel, Luxury

Outdoor swimming pool at Hyatt Regency Houston with large seating area and view of the city at sunset
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Everything is bigger in Texas. Take the Hyatt Regency Houston’s expansive lobby, which looks up into a 30-story atrium. Below it is a seven-mile (11km) tunnel system that connects the hotel with downtown’s thriving restaurant and entertainment scene. That’s one way to stay cool in the heat, but frankly, we’d rather be beside the Hyatt’s outdoor pool, taking in the city views, and admiring the garden on the deck: a special behind-the-scenes culinary experience, it grows the herbs and vegetables used in the dishes served at on-site restaurant Spindletop.

3. Hilton Americas – Houston

Hotel, Spa Hotel

Indoor swimming pool at Hilton Americas - Houston with low lighting and views over the city at sunset
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There’s plenty to wow you at the Hilton Americas-Houston. It’s connected to the George R. Brown Convention Center via an awesome skywalk. It has large, art-laden rooms, a luxurious spa and two on-site restaurants, 1600 Bar + Grille and Pappasito’s Cantina, as well as a lobby bar. But the heated indoor pool draws us back again and again. How could it fail, with those stellar skyline views to soak up year-round while splashing or lounging on a comfy chaise?

4. Marriott Marquis Houston

Hotel, Luxury

Curved outdoor swimming pool at Marriott Marquis Houston with views over the city
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With a skyline view infinity pool and (yes, really) a Texas-shaped lazy river, the Marriott Marquis Houston has undisputedly the most iconic rooftop in all of Downtown. If you’re really seeking calm, you should book a cabana for the day at the adults-only (21+) section of the pool deck and slowly switch off, aided by a mojito or two. Need a little more soothing? The Marriott Marquis Houston also offers downtown’s only full-service spa – Pure Spa – replete with soporific treatments such as couples’ massages and Elemis Biotec facials.

5. Aloft Houston Downtown


Rooftop swimming pool at Aloft Houston Downtown with brightly coloured sun loungers and view of city buildings
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To know Marriott’s Aloft brand is to love it, with its designer-darling interiors and its tech-forward accoutrements. Houston’s is a textbook example, conveniently located, with a youthful, retro vibe. It’s colorful and playful, with bold room decor, a vibrant lounge called Re:mix, and whizzy craft cocktails rattled up at W XYZ® bar. If Houston has you hot under the collar, your escape is easy: a splash in the stunning rooftop pool amidst a lush terrace and the glimmering cityscape.

6. Omni Houston Hotel

Hotel, Spa Hotel

Outdoor swimming pool at Omni Houston Hotel with large lawn, seating area and trees surrounding it
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The Omni Houston Hotel gives its devoted fan base the best of both worlds: a convenient Uptown location and a luxe-urban-oasis atmosphere. Rooms adhere to conventional opulence with their patterned carpets, play-it-safe soft furnishings and marble bathtubs, but what lies outside surprises first-timers: what looks like a lush park, down to the resident black swans. Cool down at one of Omni Houston’s two swimming pools or retreat to a semi-private cabana for a bite to eat amid the greenery.

7. Magnolia Hotel Houston


Small rooftop swimming pool at Magnolia Hotel Houston with view over city at dusk
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Steps away from Minute Maid Park and the Toyota Center, this newly renovated favorite is a boutique-beautiful escape in the midst of Downtown. You might call the rooms urban cocoons: they’re catnip to weary city-weekenders, relaxing, with a rich, modern color palette of warm ambers and industrial greys. The rooftop pool, while nowhere near Olympian, certainly packs a plunge on a hot afternoon before you recline on one of the encircling loungers to top up the tan.

8. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston – Greenway Plaza


Outdoor swimming pool at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston – Greenway Plaza
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You might not expect a corporate city hotel to deliver recreationally, but this place goes to great lengths: the tree-lined outdoor pool is so generous it could belong in a Greek-island resort. With an abundance of chaises, it’s the perfect suntrap. Inside the hotel all is cool, too, from the business-boutique, cookie-cutter furniture to the off-the-peg-groovy lobby lighting. And we do like the high-stool communal dining at Rocks @ Greenway Bar: turkey club sandwiches comin’ right up…

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