Faced with these options, many resort to sneaking into the rooftop pools at hotels. However, the energy invested into inventing a not-too-fictitious-sounding room number to have handy if approached by hotel staff takes all the fun out of summertime leisure.
Thankfully, the W Hotel on Poydras Street is making guilt-free pooltime possible for us commoners and non-tourists. It's opening its tony roof top pool area on Sundays in June, July and August starting this Sunday, June 3, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Access is free, but the hotel is offering all sorts of club-like amenities such as bottle service, cabana rental and flatscreen TV access (you can call 525-9444 to inquire about that). It seems like they'll also stop letting people in once the pool area reaches capacity.
Also during some the open-pool days, the hotel hosts fashion shows with local designers and boutiques as part of a collaboration with Fashion Week New Orleans. This Sunday's fashion show features designer Jolie and Elizabeth, boutiques Hemline and Swim 'n' Sport and Niki Walker Salon. The other poolside fashion show dates are July 1 and Aug. 5.
Visit the hotel's pool site for more information.