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,


A big thanks to Westin Hotels & Resorts for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.

Check out previous posts by Allana:

How To Be Mom Enough

A Mother/Daughter Moment


Follow Sam and Allana on Twitter (Allana is obsessed) and Facebook

Check out our pals from Babble Voices on — Facebook!



Article Posted 4 years Ago
share this article
facebook twitter tumblr pinterest
See Comments
what do you think?
share this article
facebook twitter tumblr pinterest
See Comments
what do you think?
what do you think?
close comments

Related Videos