Pool season is so close we can almost smell the stinging scent of chlorine, so let’s take a look at ten great hotel pools. Some offer rooftop views of downtown, some swimming experiences come with cabanas and poolside service, and a few pools are tucked away in private courtyards. Bummer alert: except for the W Hotel, all of these hotel pools are for guests only, although some are known for being quite easy to sneak into (not that we would, ahem, encourage such behavior). Did we overlook your favorite New Orleans hotel pool? Tell the tipline or give your swimming hole a shout-out…

Tucked away in a private courtyard behind the 30-room Lamothe House on Esplanade Ave. is this pretty little pool.

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 Sarah Chase