Not in the mood for saving up to dig a pool, but still want to enjoy one? You’re in look. As it turns out, there are actually several ways you can rent either a private pool or public pool.
In this blog post, I’ll break down where to go, what others are saying, and basically everything you need to know about where to go to rent a private pool near you.
1. Swimply: Basically the Airbnb for private pools
The most popular option for renting pools is a website and app called Swimply. This is essentially Airbnb for swimming pools, where you can actually rent someone’s private pool by the hour.
Prices generally range anywhere from $30 to $100 per hour, depending on the location, amenities, and other factors.
Things to consider with Swimply:
- Always look for hosts with a lot of great reviews
- Understand that looks can be deceiving
- Hosts can limit the number of guests
- Pools may come with other amenities
There’s also a competitor called Swimmy…yeah, it was a bit confusing for me too. Based on my initial research, Swimply seems to have a larger user base for now.
With Swimmy, there’s actually an option to book a private swimming pool where the owner won’t be on-site during the rental, so something to consider.
2. YMCA and swim centers: Great for child birthday parties
If you are looking for a simple pool party for a child’s birthday, a church group, or something similar renting through an organization like the YMCA may be the best option.
Typically the club will charge a member rate and a non-member rate for reserving the swimming pool. This really varies by the club, so it’s best to check in your local area to inquire about reserving the pool.
Generally, a security deposit is required, and an hourly rate of anywhere from $100 to $200 can be expected.
Some clubs also allow you to rent their ‘party rooms’, or even basketball courts.
I generally would recommend this option for children, due to the availability of on-duty lifeguards, and since this type of organization is used to dealing with large groups.
3. Renting a pool at a country club
If you are looking for an option that’s a little more picturesque than a health club, consider a local country club. Depending on if the club is private or semi-private, you can sometimes reserve these after hours or during the week, especially if you have friends who are members.
If you are looking for an option where you may also have access to golf or dining, a country club can be a great option. Some clubs have rates for non-members, but it really depends on the club.
Since there are many member-guest events, this can be a great family option for the entire weekend. I used to work at one of these, and both members and guests had access to the pool, private game room, as well as the snack bar.
Something that you don’t always have access to if renting a private home or health club.
4. Airbnb, Vrbo, and hotel pools
If you’re looking for both a pool rental and room rental option when traveling, Airbnb or Vrbo is still probably your best bet.
You really do get what you pay for with these types of options, so you may be better off with premium options like Airbnb Plus just to be safe.
If swimming is really your thing, nightly rates for an Airbnb with a pool is often much more affordable than simply renting a pool on Swimply for 3 or 4 hours.
Unless you only need the pool for a couple of hours, you’ll probably want access to the entire property where you can relax.
Can you rent the hotel pool?
It depends. For some luxury resorts like the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, you can actually reserve an island on part of their lazy river, which could be a cool experience.
For business trips or corporate outings, there are hotel properties like the Westin where you can rent private cabanas or areas surrounding the pool.
If you are looking for something romantic, indoor private pools are also an option that you can find in many honeymoon suites like those offered here by Sybaris.
I know most Sandals resorts have rooms with private pools, and other honeymoon and luxury chains.
5. Reserving the swimming pool at an apartment or condo
If you or someone you know lives in an apartment or condo, you can typically pay a fee for guests to enter the pool area, or sometimes rent the pool after hours if done in advance.
Based on my personal experience as a renter, my apartment also had a small clubhouse with a full kitchen, pool table, and lounging area that they would routinely rent out to groups.
This can be a great option, especially if you are a tenant or know someone who is. Depending on the property, many apartments may also be able to accommodate small groups in addition to renting you the clubhouse.
Simply put, you do have a few options if you’re looking for a fun weekend with access to a pool. Keep in mind that with any of these private options, you get what you pay for and that you should always read reviews and do your research.
If you’re looking into the country club, YMCA, or hotel option, it’s a good idea to reserve your pool well in advance. Especially during the summer, timeslots fill up quickly. Have any other ideas? Let me know 🙂