Pools are an accessible alternative to oceans, which were recently discovered to be moats stocked with sharks to protect upscale sand castles. Tread safe waters instead with today's Groupon: for $159, you get a single membership to the pool at the Capitol Skyline Hotel (a $250 value). This membership is valid for the 2011 season, which begins on Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day.
Named Best Pool 2010 by Express Night Out, the Capitol Skyline Hotel's hydro-paradise sports a competition-size outdoor basin bordered by an 18,000-square-foot deck. After diving for buffalo nickels or water buffalo, bake in one of many lounge chairs or fuel up with snacks and beverages from the full bar and food service. Changing rooms and showers, meanwhile, ease the transition from workhorse to weeknight warrior. Towels are not provided, so members should sew their own.
In 2009, The Washington Post praised the Capitol Skyline Hotel for its posh weekend pool parties, where live music surrounds guest chefs and drink specials spare the hassle of fermenting pool water.
Although the hotel’s website offers membership discounts from time to time, today’s Groupon still represents the best deal for a single membership.
The Pool at The Capitol Skyline Hotel
Yes, hotel guests flock to The Pool at The Capitol Skyline Hotel's crystalline waters and the lounge chairs and sofas on the deck. But, a decade after the hotel's transformation into a fashionable but accessible vacation spot, the pool has become something of an open secret among DC locals. Anyone can buy a membership and spend the summer splashing around happily and ordering sangria from the poolside bar, just like a hip vegetarian shark. "It's a transporter device," mused The Washington Post's Hank Steuver in 2009. "Not for hard-core swimming, not for athleticism, but for feeling, for glamorous repose . . . Pretending it's anyplace else, anytime else, because it is." Weekly adults-only parties further the tropical-resort mood to the tune of both DJs and live bands.
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