Dip into Luxury at the Best Resort Pools in Tampa

Resort Pools in Tampa FL
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If you’re looking to beat the heat and maybe show off your new swimsuit or golden brown tan, these resort pools in Tampa are your best bet. No room key? No problem. All of these resorts offer day passes for non-guests, so you don’t need to book a room in order to feel like you’re one of the guests.

These Tampa resort pools have everything. Want to sip a piña colada without leaving the water? Swim up to a pool bar and chat up the bartender. Or, maybe you’re looking for a “pool with view” like from a rooftop. For the young or maybe just the young at heart, there are slides that twist and turn, leaving behind screams that echo across the bay! Whatever you’re looking to find in a pool experience, we found it for you. 

Check out our choices for the best resort pools in Tampa that are also LGBTQ+ friendly. Then, pack your bag, grab your floaties, find a lounge chair, stake your claim, and jump into the fun!


500 Channelside Drive

It’s a slice of poolside paradise at The Tampa EDITION hotel, where you can dive into a day of upscale relaxation. Lounge at the rooftop pool, drink in hand, with the city skyline stretching out around you. Or, sprawl out in your own private cabana, and feel like a VIP with dedicated service that includes a complimentary fruit plate and bottled water. Want a little more? Complimentary sunscreen, water, and Wi-Fi are on the house. Gourmet dining is just a few steps away, either at the pool bar or the hotel’s Azure restaurant.

Hotel Alba 

5303 W Kennedy Boulevard

Hotel Alba is your trendy getaway in Tampa’s Westshore District. This hotel pays a cool tribute to Tampa’s cigar industry roots from the 1800s, blending the city’s artistic and cultural heritage into its vibe. Spend the day “chilling” (pun intended) in the temperature-controlled outdoor pool. It’s perfect for escaping the Florida heat in style. You can grab a bite or a drink right by the water, so you don’t miss a minute of the sunshine. Want to kick your relaxation up a notch? Book a poolside Cabana or Tiki Hut and make yourself at home. If you’re feeling playful, there’s always a game of Jenga or cornhole waiting for you. 

The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas

7700 West Courtney Campbell Causeway

At The Godfrey Hotel, enjoy an adults-only experience at its WTR pool. Here, cabana rentals turn a simple day at the pool into an event to remember. Kick off your “pool party” by renting a cabana that accommodates you and up to seven of your 21+ friends. You get your own poolside spot complete with shaded seating, food and drink service from the nearby WTR Grill, plus complimentary parking and Wi-Fi. Want to really step it up? Upgrade to a waterfront cabana that comes with its own TV and two dedicated poolside lounge chairs. 

Looking for something a little more family-friendly and low key? The outdoor pool welcomes all ages year-round. It’s the perfect spot for everyone, whether you’re up for swimming laps, playing with the kids, or just cooling off with a leisurely swim. Around the pool, you can find plenty of loungers and a poolside bar to keep the refreshments flowing. So grab your swimsuit and sunscreen, and make your own kind of splash at the Godfrey Hotel.

JW Marriott Tampa Water Street

510 Water Street

Take a break from the usual and treat yourself to a day at JW Marriott Tampa Water Street, where water views and luxury go hand-in-hand. Find your spot in the sun on the huge sixth-floor pool deck and take your pick from two resort-style pools for that perfect refreshing dip. For an extra touch of luxury, book a private poolside cabana, where you can lie back and enjoy your favorite cocktails and snacks, all served directly to you. As your day winds down, don’t miss the chance to witness a spectacular sunset from the outdoor terrace.

Hotel Haya 

1412 E 7th Avenue

Jump into the water at Hotel Haya where their day pass isn’t just your ticket to the pool and fitness center, it’s your passport to an awesome day in the sun! Enjoy full access to their poolside service and showers, where everyone deserves a little pampering. If you’re looking for something more, you can join the fun at Hotel Haya’s Swim Club. Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon throughout spring and summer, the pool area transforms into a “beach” scene with tropical house DJ sets, a  complimentary drink, plus all the perks of a day pass along with a shaded daybed for your relaxing pleasure.

Epicurean Hotel 

1207 S Howard Avenue 

Located in the Soho district of Tampa, the Epicurean Hotel is a great spot to chill before a night out on the town. Get a day pass and ease into a lounge chair or slip into the outdoor heated pool. Each pass hooks you up with a reserved lounge chair, complimentary Wi-FI and self- parking. After a day in the sun, check out the Lobby Bar that has delicious food and drinks at the ready. Then, cap off your day with a visit to Chill Bros. Scoop Shop, Tampa’s favorite ice cream spot, that’s just a stone’s throw from the hotel. 

Aloft Tampa Midtown 

3650 Midtown Drive

Aloft Tampa Midtown is the ultimate spot for your adults-only “daycation”, while you’re on vacation. Perched above the city, the rooftop pool is a panoramic experience with amazing city views. While you’re there, treat yourself to some poolside food and drinks from Sal y Mar Rooftop Pool Bar. Plus, you have access to the hotel’s fitness center and Wi-Fi. So, whether you’re cooling off in the pool or relaxing with a cocktail, Aloft Tampa Midtown delivers a great escape right in the heart of the city. 

Hilton Tampa Downtown 

211 N Tampa Street

Ready for the perfect day at the pool? Hilton Tampa Downtown is where you can lounge under the sun on the spacious pool deck or take a dip in their outdoor rooftop pool, all while enjoying views of downtown Tampa.  But, the relaxation doesn’t stop at the pool. You can hit the 24-hour fitness center for a workout and then unwind in the oversized outdoor whirlpool. Feeling hungry or in the mood for a drink? The 211 Restaurant and Lounge in the hotel has some expertly crafted cocktails and tasty bites.

Tampa Marriott Water Street

505 Water Street

Kick back and soak up some rays at the Tampa Marriott Water Street. Start your day lounging at the rooftop pool, where the view of downtown Tampa provides the perfect backdrop for sipping on a cocktail. But there’s more to enjoy than just the poolside vibe. Play a friendly game of cornhole, or rent a paddle board or kayak to explore the waters of the nearby Hillsborough River. Plus, you get free Wi-Fi and discounted valet parking. So slip into your swim gear and make the most of your day at Tampa Marriott Water Street.

Element Tampa Midtown 

3650 Midtown Drive

Located in the hottest destination district of Tampa, experience modern luxury for the day at the Element Tampa Midtown Hotel. Let your cares melt away as you cool off in the rooftop pool, where you’re treated to awesome skyline views. If you’re feeling ambitious, a workout in its state-of-the-art fitness center may be on your to-do list. Then, swing by the rooftop restaurant and bar for some handcrafted cocktails and delicious small bites. It’s the ultimate recipe for a day that’s all about you!

Making Waves in Tampa’s Top Resort Pools

When you’re looking to make a splash in Tampa for the day, these resort pools provide the ultimate aquatic adventure! Whether you’re in the mood for poolside cocktails, or your own personal cabana, Tampa’s resort pools have everything you can imagine for a day of fun in the sun. So, kick back, relax, and make some memories that last long after your tan fades!

After enjoying Tampa’s resort pools, continue your adventure exploring the city’s culture, dining, and attractions. Plan your Tampa getaway now for an unforgettable experience beyond the poolside!

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Also, while we do our best to highlight LGBTQ-friendly destinations and businesses, info provided is based solely on personal experience and recommendations by community partners. We hope that nobody experiences discrimination or homophobia while visiting Florida and beyond, but we make no guarantees. Please inform us if you experience discrimination or homophobia while visiting any destination so we can make updates to our recommendations.

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