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The Ultimate LGBTQ Guide to Splash-Worthy Pools

Summer is coming to an end, but New Orleans pools keep on giving.

The Drifter Hotel
Take a dip in the pool at The Drifter Hotel for Decadence. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Even though summer is officially coming to an end, there is still plenty of sunshine to take in. And since you’ve been working on your summer bod since – well, last summer – now’s the time to show it off. So, in honor of keeping summer alive as long as possible, we’ve put together this list of pools perfect for cooling off.

5 Pools, 5 Times The Fun

Backstroking through the pool at the recently renovated Melrose Mansion on Esplanade Avenue. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Melrose Mansion A Romantic Dip For Two
If you’re looking to stay in a place with more grace than Grace Kelly and more charm than Rhett Butler, make a beeline to the Melrose Mansion. This newly renovated hotel is immaculately decorated with antiques as well as modern pieces that will transport you to another world. With 5 tinkling fountains, the pool is virtually impossible to resist especially at night, when it’s lit up and the moon is full.

Ryan Cochran at the Lower Garden District’s Green House Inn.

Green House Inn – A Tropical Escape
Built in 1840, this tropical oasis located in the Lower Garden District is clothing optional AND pet-friendly! The pool area is part circle/part lap pool with a hot tub and fountains that splash into the crystal blue water. It creates a sound that makes you forget you’re only a nice bike ride away from the excitement of the French Quarter.

Ryan Cochran at the Drifter Hotel on Tulane Avenue. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

The Drifter Hotel – A Topless Oasis 
This new edition to the New Orleans pool scene claims to be “designed by outsiders for outsiders,” yet, we felt a very inclusive vibe here. It’s a modern hotel that’s been completely updated from top to bottom, especially the pool, which female guests can enjoy topless. And for all you yogis out there, you can take advantage of their poolside yoga classes, too.

Let loose for Decadence at the Dauphine Orleans Hotel. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Dauphine Orleans Hotel – A Historic, Red-Light Romp
The Dauphine Orleans is a LGBTQ-friendly boutique hotel located in the heart of the historic French Quarter. Their salt water pool is perfect for sipping an adult beverage and doing a few laps to burn off the beignets you ate at Cafe du Monde.
Another plus to staying at The Dauphine is their bar, Mae Bailey’s Place, which used to be one of the more popular bordellos in New Orleans’ infamous red-light district (Storyville) that existed from 1897-1917. In addition, they’re one of the few hotels in New Orleans with a special package for LGBTQ couples wanting to tie the knot in New Orleans called #Love Wins.

Ryan Cochran at the H H Whitney House pool. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

HH Whitney House – A Haunted Dip Into The Past
This magnificent gay-owned bed & breakfast is home to guests both past and present. As one of the most haunted homes in New Orleans, The HH Whitney House is perfect for those looking to dive into history and a great pool. The pool is all curves, perfect for a float or a cocktail by the water. There is also a hot tub, which is great if you’re looking for another way to relax and unwind after a fun-filled day in the Quarter.

Fun Fact: Each pair of swim trunks our model is wearing was a gift from the LGBTQ-friendly swimsuit brand, Chubbies, just for this article! Which makes Chubbies, A-O’kay in our book. Thanks, Chubbies!

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