Insight Luxury Insight City hotels up their cool with resort-style pools By Jeri Clausing / August 30, 2017 Share 1 -- When it comes to modern city-center hotels, nothing says luxury quite like a pool.Following in the steps of beachside resorts and hip hot spots like Las Vegas, Miami and New York, urban hotels from Los Angeles to Nashville and points in between are developing extravagant pools and rooftop pool bars with thriving social scenes for locals and guests alike.This week, for example, the J.W. Marriott being developed in downtown Nashville announced its 500-plus-room property will include a 10,000-square-foot "luxury pool oasis" for day and nighttime use with a full outdoor bar and private cabanas.The hotel's general manager, Lukus Kindlesparker, said that besides being a destination unto itself, the pool area will offer a "unique venue option for meetings planners and socialites hosting cocktail receptions and seated dinners."It's a trend that began with the introduction of lifestyle brands like W a decade ago. It has been spreading to more traditional downtown business hotels in recent years as guests look for more unique experiences and hotels increasingly try to attract more local business with dining, entertainment and event options beyond the traditional ballroom and conference centers.Many of these properties are focused on attracting a hip, young crowd. In Los Angeles, for instance, the new Dream Hollywood has a rooftop scene that includes a pool with a bottom that lifts up and drains the water so that it can double as a performance stage.The cantilevered, glass-walled pool at the Hotel Joule in Dallas. Others strive for an all-around wow factor, whether it's the Texas-shaped lazy river at the new Marriott Marquis in Houston or the cantilevered, glass-sided pool that juts out over Main Street, letting swimmers float above downtown Dallas at the Hotel Joule.Many others, however, are simply a must-have updated amenity for the upscale and luxury business and family travelers.The brand new Omni in the north Dallas suburb of Frisco, for instance, follows its city center properties with a resort-style pool with private cabanas in area that turns into a social hub in the evening.Pools have also been the focus of major renovations at older city center properties, including the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans and the landmark Hilton Anatole overlooking downtown Dallas.The refurbished Hyatt Regency New Orleans Bywater Pool Deck & Bar features a salt-water pool, private poolside cabanas, plush outdoor seating and a newly designed bar area, complete with two indoor flat screen TVs and a diverse menu.The Anatole this summer opened its a $15 million water complex, which includes multiple heated swimming pools, a lazy river, outdoor restaurant, swim-up bar, two slides and recreation areas. The hotel describes it as "an upscale water complex that is unparalleled in north Texas.