Royal Sonesta pool in New OrleansNothing says, "I'm on vacation" like reclining poolside with an ice-cold beverage in hand. This summer, stay at one of these luxurious New Orleans hotels, where cool pools and tropical cocktails await your arrival.

For a Secluded Courtyard
When you're staying at the Royal Sonesta, a European-style hotel on Bourbon Street, make sure to request a room facing the pool. You can easily walk from the wrought-iron lace balconies to the semi-private pool area that feels miles away from Bourbon's bustle and is surrounded by lush greenery.
For a Chic Retreat
Break out the sunscreen at the W New Orleans, where the rooftop pool offers a sleek hideaway for catching some rays. For a truly indulgent daytime escape, book one of the three private, poolside cabanas, which come with amenities like plush sofas and televisions. 
For Sophisticated Bliss
Traditionalists will love the upscale rooftop pool at The Roosevelt New Orleans, which offers breathtaking views of the New Orleans cityscape. Score one of the poolside lounge chairs, where you can read, relax and enjoy cocktails from the full bar.
For a Late-Night Swim
Decadence is included when you stay at Le Pavillon Hotel in the French Quarter. Here, you'll find a heated rooftop pool, complete with a sun deck, private cabanas and a hot tub, all surrounded by majestic balustrades and statues. This 30-foot pool is open until 1am, making it the perfect spot for a late night swim under the stars.
For a Mellow Retreat
Enjoy an afternoon of fun in the sun at the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel. Its rooftop pool area is a brightly colored oasis with decorative foliage, reclining chairs and a plush pool lounge.
Photo: Courtesy of Royal Sonesta.