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Finding locals-friendly hotel swimming pools in Las Vegas

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The Tank pool at the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas Wednesday, July 13, 2011.
Photo: Leila Navidi

With 100+ degree temperatures, the dog days of summer have arrived in Las Vegas. How are you staying cool?

You probably answered: The pool – duh! Some of you are probably even reading this on your iPad while lounging in 80-degree waters.

Well, if you don’t have your own backyard oasis to retreat to, the newly opened Wet ‘n’ Wild isn’t the only place to have some fun in the sun this summer. A number of resorts around town allow locals entry to their pool areas for a modest fee, and some even offer complimentary access.

So forget about that stash of old room keys you’ve been collecting over the years—there are plenty of places to cool off without sweating the security guards. With that, we present this handy guide to hotel pools that offer admission to non-hotel guests.

Note: Many resorts also offer entry to non-hotel guests with the purchase of a cabana or daybed, though this list is strictly limited to resorts that offer basic access to their pools.

Bally’s

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Price: $10 per person per day.

Caesars Palace

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Price: $20 per person per day.

Golden Nugget

Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Price: $20 per person per day.

Luxor

Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (hours will change after Labor Day)

Price: $10 per person per day.

Monte Carlo

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Price: $10 per person per day, locals free.

M Resort

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Price: $15 per person per day, $10 locals, children under 10 free. (After paying the one-time fee, women 21+ can be added to the pool’s permanent guest list for free entry, men 21+ for $7.50 entry. Call the pool for guest list placement.)

Planet Hollywood

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Price: $10 per person per day.

Rio

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Price: Free.

Sunset Station

Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Price: $10 per person per day. ($20 during holiday weekends and special events.)

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