Aug152009

Skinny or Not, Pool Dipping Hours in Las Vegas are Severely Restricted

Why are lavish desert oasis pools rarely open more than 12 hours a day in a city where the temperature often does not drop below 80 by sunrise?

Casinos don’t profit from pool loungers.

Las Vegas is hot in the summertime. August temperatures at midnight can be 100 degrees. The temperature drops to the 80s by sunrise but by 10 am the temp is usually up in the 90s.

Vegas is a city of great swimming pools. Where else is there such a high concentration of beautiful bodies, bodacious curves, and ripped abs?

Go ogle in Vegas – but be ready to wear your shades in the mid-day sun. This town has limited pool ogle time after dinner on the Strip.

I have stayed at Starwood Hotels Planet Hollywood (formerly The Aladdin Hotel) a dozen times and only managed to make it to the pools once in the few hours they are open for the day. Planet Hollywood has open pool hours for just 10 hours a day in the peak summer season.

Starwood’s Westin Casuarina, one block off the strip, has an open pool for about 18 hours a day.

If the swimming pool is an important consideration in your Las Vegas holiday plans, then call the hotel before you book to check the pool hours for the dates of your stay. You may be wishing you stayed at the Holiday Inn if swimming at midnight is your plan. The Holiday Inn Henderson has 24-hour pool hours, as does the Ritz Carlton Lake Las Vegas, but these hotels are but this hotel is nowhere near the Las Vegas strip and the pool is nothing more exciting than a typical backyard pool.

(The Las Vegas hotel pool websites mentioned in this post are slightly out of date. Ritz Carlton Lake Las Vegas eliminated its 24 hour open pool policy at the beginning of summer 2009. The Ritz Carlton pool hours are now 8am-7pm Sunday-Thursday and 8am-8pm Friday-Saturday.)

The majority of Las Vegas casino hotels on the Strip have pools only open 8 to 12 hours per day in peak summer, and many pools are only open 6 to 8 hours per day between October and May. Pools may even be closed during winter months when temperatures some days still may climb to the upper 70s-low 80s. There are few indoor pools at Las Vegas hotels.

Here are two websites for Las Vegas pool reviews and hours. Nothing is constant in Vegas except the gambling, so a phone call is the best way to check for the latest information on a hotel’s pool hours.

Vegas.com – http://www.vegas.com/resorts/pools/

Las Vegas Advisor: http://www.lasvegasadvisor.com/poolfaqs.cfm

 

Survey of Las Vegas Hotel Pool Hours in Peak Summer

Bellagio summer 8-8; fall/spring  8-7pm; winter 9-5pm

Caesars 9-5pm

Circus Circus 9-9 summer; fall and winter 9-5

Encore 8-7   (checked 8-15-09)

Excalibur Summer 8-8; Fall and Spring 9-7; Winter 10-5

Fitzgerald’s 7am-11pm

Flamingo 9am-7pm

Four Seasons Sunrise to Sunset

Greek Isles 24 hour pool

Green Valley Henderson 9-8pm 

Hard Rock Café 9am-6pm

JW Marriott 10-6pm

Loews Lake Las Vegas 8-8pm  (checked 8-15-09)

Luxor 8-7pm

M Resort 8-7pm

Mandalay Bay 9-7pm  (checked 8-15-09)

MGM Grand 7am-8pm

Mirage 7-8pm

Monte Carlo 9-5pm

New York New York 9-7pm

Palazzo 8-8pm

Palms 9-7pm

Paris Las Vegas 9-6pm

Planet Hollywood 9-7pm  (checked 8-16-09)

Red Rock Casino 8-8pm  (checked 8-16-09)

Renaissance 8-11pm

Rio 10-6pm

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas 8am-7pm Sunday-Thursday; 8am-8pm Friday-Saturday  (checked 8-15-09)

Sahara 9-6pm

Stratosphere 8-7pm

Super 8 adjacent to Ellis Island Casino & Brewery one block off Strip ($1.50 microbrew pints all day) – 24 hours (checked 8-16-09)

Treasure Island 9-6pm

Venetian 8-8pm

Westin Casuarina 5am-midnight

Wynn 9-6pm

Westin Casuarina Las Vegas has extended pool hours

Westin Casuarina Las Vegas has extended pool hours

 Loyalty Traveler editorial note:

 

Pool hours were originally  cited from webpage postings of reviews not written during the summer season of peak pool hours. The sources cited were from sometime close in 2008. Posted hours have changed for many of these hotels.

Loyalty Traveler seeks to be a source of accurate and precise information.  Dates shown provide my personal verification of pool hours for the hotel on that date. Changes are frequent in hotel pool hours. A phone call is best for obtaining current pool hour conditions.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. Of course they close the pools in the evening, just like they close the gyms. They want you to be in the casino losing money, not at the pool lounging. Vegas hotels are all about separating you from your money.

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