Best Pools in Houston

You may wonder how our Top 10 List of the Best Pools in Houston was brainstormed. It all happened over a lunch meeting at Canopy, a fabulous Montrose restaurant. A few business associates and I were indulging in delicious meals and researching city trends when I came across a new blog post on Open Travel ( titled World’s Most Boring Cities to Visit. 

One Park Place Downtown - An Oasis in the City

This of course, sparked my interest, so I proceeded to click on the page.

  1. Brussels, Belgium. Ahh, ok. Not knowing too much about the city of Brussels, I scroll down and to my shock I see... 
  2. Houston, Texas

I am not a native Houstonian, but grew up and have spent the better part of my life in Houston. I consider myself well traveled. And I must disagree - Houston is NOT the second most boring city on this planet.

One of the blog author's arguments for this distinction was Houston’s insane heat. Yes! It can be ridiculously hot here, but to make up for the heat, many apartment/condo complexes have put some amazing resort style pools in their communities as a great way for residents to cool off from the sizzling summer heat.

And this is how the brainstorm of the Best Pools in Houston began. How could Houston be boring with so many awesome pools at which to relax, barbecue and throw the occasional pool party? Now onward to the list: 

One Park Place (pictured above): This urban paradise in the heart of Downtown is truly spectacular. The two-tiered swimming pool has a cascading waterfall and sweeping views of the city.

Mosaic: You’ll feel like you’re at a Miami resort at the Mosaic pool. With two reflecting towers on either side, this pool is surrounded by palm trees and is perfect for relaxing or exercise.

The Mosaic on Hermann Park Pool

The Ava: This Vegas-inspired pool with cozy lounge chairs in and around the pool is not only beautiful during the day, it’s exceptional at night with its bright purple and blue lighting which illuminates the terrace.

The Pool at the Ava Apartments in Houston Galleria

Venue Museum District: One of the few heated pools in Houston (for the three weeks a year when you need the heat), this is a great place to socialize while looking south to the Museum District. Lounge in a cabana or swim any time of year in this classy mid-rise pool.

The Venue Museum District pool with botique hotel style

City Place Midtown: One of the few salt-water pools in Houston sits in this chic Midtown midrise, decorated with Bamboo shoots and plush white leather lounging chairs.

City Place Midtown pool with bamboo

Gables West Ave: This Upper Kirby complex has a rooftop pool with a glass wall for the perfect view of River Oaks, the Medical Center and Downtown.

Rooftop pool at the Gables West Ave in Upper Kirby

Millennium Greenway: A gorgeous pool with amazing mosaic detailed walls and multi-colored lighting. A great place to socialize whether in the pool or spacious hot tub.

Millennium Greenway pool with mosaic tile

Bayou on the Bend: This property has two pools- one overlooking the lush green landscaping from the bayou, and a rooftop pool offering the best 360 degree view of Houston.

Bayou on the Bend infinity pool with Bayou views

Post Midtown Square: The pool at Post Midtown Square is included for its sheer popularity. With a prime Midtown location, this is always a great place to gather with friends and cool off in the summer.

Pool at Post Midtown Square - the most popular pool in Midtown

Memorial by Windsor: ​The Memorial by Windsor offer a Vegas style pool with prime views of the city. Residents enjoy cabanas and plenty of loungers. The pool gets sun all day. 

Memorial by Windsor pool with a view of River Oaks


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