Las Vegas Hotel Pools: Duh, they’re more crowded than you think

by Paul B. on September 1, 2009

MGM Grand's Academy Pool

MGM Grand's Academy Pool...

And how it really looks.

And how it really looks.

We can’t blame Vegas hotels for going out of their way to make their pools look incredible. High-priced drinks, cover charges pushing $50 and day bed rentals have turned an afternoon dip into a major money mill for casinos, and at least one property is better known for its pool party than anything else.

Browsing hotel websites, you might get the sense that you’ll have that swanky pool all to yourself, particularly if you drop $250 on a “private” cabana. But with literally thousands of guests clamoring for a lounge chair, you’re more apt to see snow in the desert than an empty pool. Our reporters visited three Vegas properties where the marketing photos didn’t quite match reality.

Looks calm and restorative...

Picture-perfect in-pool relaxation.

until the crowd takes over

But what happened to our lounge chairs?

Leave it to the Donald to perpetuate an air of luxury—frosty beverages! in-pool lounge chairs!—that simply doesn’t exist at the Trump International.

Look at all those empty chairs!

Look at all those empty chairs!

Wait, not so much

Actually, not so much.

The adults only pool at the Mandalay Bay sure looks like a great place to relax—until you see the crowd on a typical day.

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Luxury Hotels Las Vegas November 24, 2010 at 11:02 pm

Great post about the Las Vegas pools. My favorite pools are the Hard Rock and the Mgm Signature pool. The have some of the best pool parties that are out there. Cant wait to visit again in the summer time.

Almond Torres August 5, 2011 at 8:28 am

Vegas is a warm place which means that people is expected to cool down that’s why pools in Las Vegas are very crowded especially in summer. I wanna go there too! pool party that’s cool! Nice blog.

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