The Hard Truth: Hotel Pool Edition

Well hello there gorgeous...(The Pool at the Westin Habour Castle)

It’s happened to me a few times and those times still haunt me from time to time.

I’m at the check in desk at the hotel.  It’s a last minute booking which means I haven’t had time to stalk the website and fantasize about having a lobby cocktail.  I pass the front of desk staff my credit card for “incidentals” (let’s admit it – we all sweat a bit) and then casually inquire about the location of the hotel pool.  He hands my card back and then barely looks me in the eye:

“We don’t have a pool.”

I drop the card.  I can’t tell if it’s from shaking or shock.

“Sorry, (I laugh uncomfortably) I thought you just said you don’t have a pool. Ha Ha Ha Ha.”

“We don’t.  But we have a fitness room on the 4th with two ellipticals.”

I now have a chest pain.  I’m also secretly hoping there is a swim option on the elliptical.

I’m grateful I didn’t run into the same fate at my weekend stay at the The Westin Habour Castle in Toronto.  In fact, full disclosure, I believe it took me 13 seconds to type in the hotel name and search “pool?”.

Really my dream job in life would be visiting hotel pools.  Does that job exist?  I want it.  Call me.

The pool at The Westin Habour Castle is indoors to accommodate those 8 Canadian months of the year that are essentially freezing and you want to pretend that you live in a balmy climate.  What I liked the most, besides the fact that the pool simply existed, was the huge windows and children’s play area.

Go. Swim. Be Merry.

And for all those pool-less hotels out there, I sure hope you make a refreshing lobby cocktail.  Because I will be swimming in it.

Yours in water,


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