THE STANDARD HOTEL
Located on Flower Street in downtown Los Angeles, the perpetually cool Standard Hotel boasts a 5,000-square-foot red AstroTurf rooftop deck with heated pool. Here, overlooking the city’s skyline, you can enjoy your favorite cocktail along with eats like beef sliders, Italian chicken club sandwiches and four kinds of french fries (classic, sweet potato, bacon & cheddar, truffle and Parmesan). Settle into one of the waterbed pods, next to sculptured topiary, and you might find yourself feeling especially inspired as you outline plans for your next big gala. The rooftop hosts up to 350 and for private events it can be reserved by section or in its entirety.
An outdoor fireplace keeps the deck a nice temperature on chilly nights, while the DJ who spins tunes nightly warms up the dance floor. The pool deck shares space with a classic 1,500-square-foot German Biergarten for those times when you want to discuss the European market over pretzels, wieners, strudels and beer. It can be reserved for a gathering of as many as 75 guests.
Tech moguls sometimes need a view other than their computer screens. That’s when they head for the 1,000-square-foot rooftop pool terrace at the Four Seasons Silicon Valley. The pool menu, available April 1 to Sept. 5, features a selection of snacks, salads, sandwiches and sweet treats. There is also a banquet menu available for intimate poolside meetings, lunches and receptions year-round.
“The rooftop pool terrace is an oasis in the heart of the Silicon Valley,” says Director of Catering Jennifer Wachter. “Groups love the relaxed, resort-like ambiance combined with exceptional service and exquisite dining options.” The intimate rooftop space can accommodate up to 20 people for a sit-down get-together or as many as 40 for a reception. Private cabanas can be combined for a group of 16.
Set on 13 acres of beautiful desert landscape, the Parker Palm Springs offers two outdoor pools with stunning views of the San Jacinto Mountains. While the hotel doesn’t reserve poolside space for events, you can meet by the family-friendly Silicone Valley pool or the adults-only Gene Autry Pool, open 24 hours a day, if you’re an overnight guest of the chic Jonathan Adler-decorated property.
The poolside Lemonade Stand, with its sunny striped yellow awning, serves fresh lemonade and muddled lemon cocktails, as well as burgers, sandwiches and other poolside snacks. Stake out an umbrella-shaded table, enjoy the poolside ambiance and talk business. With 6,000 square feet of meeting space around the property, there are other on-site locations for a larger gathering.
RIVIERA PALM SPRINGS
A TRIBUTE PORTFOLIO RESORT
Built in 1958, this mid-century-modern hotel embraces the glamour of Palm Springs’ Golden era, especially around its two poolside bars. Whether you’re meeting associates for drinks or hosting a poolside event, The Soleil Pool & Bar and the Chikki Pool & Bar provide a relaxed desert setting to enjoy drinks and foods made with locally sourced ingredients.
“Having two pools allows us to designate one as exclusive to any event,” says Director of Sales Christine Delgado. While the Chikki Pool is most often used for private gatherings and can accommodate up to 350 guests.
The hotel’s Cantala restaurant, Café Palmetto and Gypsy Rose also feature outdoor dining overlooking the Soleil Pool. “While you’re not actually on the pool deck, you are close enough to feel the energy and excitement at the pool,” Delgado says. “It’s poolside, just not on the pool deck.”
Need an excuse to take the team for a poolside off-site in wine country? Here’s one: Francis Ford Coppola Winery opens its 3,600-square-foot swimming pool in Geyersville from April 1 to Oct. 29. You can reserve up to three of the pool’s 28 European-style cabines for four, each of which includes four pool passes and preselected seating on the pool deck for four chaise lounges. (If you’re planning to reserve more than three cabines for a big group, the pool can’t guarantee that lounge chair groups will be together.) The chic changing room comes stocked with towels, Sofia Mini sparkling wine singles, a deck of Coppola playing cards and a copy of Zoetrope: All-Story magazine. (You need to book far ahead; cabines for 2016 weekends are almost completely sold out.)
Settle in and pick teams for a bocce ball tournament on one of four regulation-size courts; enjoy pizza, sandwiches, salads and desserts in the poolside café; or compete in table games like backgammon, chess and checkers.
You can also rent the entire pool for the evening, starting at 6:30 p.m., for up to 300 guests. If you don’t want to get wet, a cocktail reception with passed appetizers in the Pool Café can accommodate up to 125 guests.
The oyster-shaped pool at the 23-room boutique Pearl Hotel in the Point Loma section of San Diego has the vibe of a retro pool party. Co-workers can gather for signature cocktails like the Pearl-fect Pear (rosemary vodka, ginger liqueur, green tea and pear purée) and nosh on Brussels sprouts with bacon and jalapeños, oysters, bacon-wrapped dates and fish tacos.
On Wednesdays, the hip hotel takes it up a notch with its Dive-In Theatre, featuring a free poolside movie projected on a 10-by-13-foot screen. Showtime is 8 p.m., food is served until 10 p.m. and the bar is open until 11 p.m. If you’re bringing more than just a few co-workers, consider reserving a cabana for a small food and beverage minimum. The semiprivate poolside tables seat up to 16.
It’s also possible to buy out the entire pool deck for parties of 65 to 70 guests. “We have done birthday parties, corporate holiday parties and more by the pool,” says Sales and Events Manager Cynthia Peterson. “It’s a great option for a group cocktail-style reception.”
The newly renovated pool complex at this swanky five-star hotel in Orange County is a quintessentially SoCal location for poolside drinks or a light snack. The Sombra poolside cantina, open for lunch and early dinner, is an ideal location to close a deal over margaritas, ceviche and fresh fish tacos. If celebratory shots are in order, the eatery has an extensive collection of tequila and mescal.
“Our new pool area debuts this June as part of the resort’s overall $40 million reimagination,” says General Manager Ian Pullan. “It will be Dana Point’s new outdoor oasis with many new amenities such as infinity-edge pools, private cabanas that feature built-in music and a stocked minibar, an expansive family pool with graduated entry, splash-pad and outdoor fire rings.”
The pool area’s new multilevel design has a second tier, perfect for private events. Hotel guests can also rent a poolside cabana for small gatherings of six to 10.