When it’s hot outside, there’s nothing quite as fun as cooling down in a pool. Before you grab the waterproof sunscreen and send out the pool party invitations, it’s essential to secure a location. Unfortunately, many people live in complexes where there are no pools in DC. Others may live in neighborhoods, but those pools have a long waiting list.

While these reasons may seem like good ones to throw in the towel, there’s another option. Boutique hotels are the best solution to a person’s need for some communal splash time. There are many boutique hotels that open their doors to the public during the summer months. Now, while this is may be excellent news, it’s important to remember some guidelines before jumping off the diving board.

Always respect the hotel’s policy regarding guests. If you’re not sure of the hotel’s policy, call ahead and find out. You don’t want to put yourself in a position where you’ve invited friends and find there’s a guest limit.

Don’t come empty-handed. In most cases (if not all), you’ll have to pay to get in. Walk with cash and your card to be on the safe side.

Do your best to maintain a clean area by cleaning up any trash you may accumulate.

Check out these hotels that are opening their pools in DC:

  1. The Rooftop at the Embassy Row Hotel

Located in Dupont Circle, this rooftop pool has daybeds, shaded lounging, and panoramic views of downtown D.C. It has been recognized by Weather.com and USA Today as a standout pool to visit. Enjoy food from the grill and handcrafted cocktails from the bar.

  1. Capitol Skyline Hotel

Enjoy a day pass for $30. Sit under the brand-new cabanas and on the upgraded furniture in the hotel pool that’s been rated #1 in the area.

  1. The Liaison Capitol Hill

Looking to swim laps upon laps? Well, this hotel actually has the largest pool in the city. It’s also really close to the Newseum, the U.S. Botanic Garden and the National Gallery of Art. Enjoy the historic sights in the morning and relax at the pool in the afternoon.