Your urban oasis in the heart of downtown.

Lounge Poolside at Hotel Arts enjoying the flavours of summer in a glass. Surrounded by dazzling art and design-centric décor, soak up south beach vibes in this vibrant poolside setting.

Hotel guests have full access to our newly renovated pool and popular licensed patio from 7am to dusk. Join us in the morning for breakfast and a refreshing swim in our poolside oasis.

Our pool and Poolside restaurant will be closed from Sunday 27 September at 4pm until Wednesday 7 October while we install our winter “toque” – our inflatable shelter that covers the entire patio courtyard so that we can welcome patrons in summer-like comfort for a dip in the pool or dining on our patio.  It’s the perfect oasis even in the depths of winter’s icy chill with 24C degrees and a touch of humidity.  Once we put on our “toque” for winter, we’ll be ready for licensed poolside dining and refreshing dips again to keep the summer vibe going year-round.

Hotel Arts and Hotel Arts Kensington Guests

Pool is open for swimming at 7am.

Poolside dining is available from 11am daily.

Poolside by Hotel Arts is now open for the summer! Read about some of the new safety and physical distancing protocols we now have in place here.

3-hour time limit will apply on peak days and during peak times.

Non-hotel guest Access

Wondering how to gain access to this exclusive hot spot? Non-hotel guests are welcome for Poolside dining from 11am daily. $20 Pool Usage Fee applies for non-hotel guests.

The Poolside Lounge will be open for licensed from 11am daily. Limit for non-hotel guests is 2 hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

Summer Poolside Rules
Poolside by Hotel Arts is available during the Summer Season (June-September) weather and special event permitting.
Do soak up the sun and enjoy the summer vibe at the Arts
Do sip cold drinks responsibly
Do nibble on delectable treats from our menu
Do enjoy yourself poolside…how often can you do this in the heart of Downtown Calgary?!
Do remember to apply sunscreen…we’d like to welcome you back soon (and pain free)
Do remember that thongs and speedos are a privilege, not a right.  Fabric is intended to cover those special places.  A little mystery is always welcome in terms of poolside attire.
Do put on clothes to walk through the public areas of Hotel Arts…the South Beach North reference isn’t really a literal thing.
Do be respectful of your fellow patio patrons and our artisans who are pleased to serve you. The Golden Rule really applies in this case.
Don’t do anything that begins with the phrase “Hey everyone, watch this!”
Don’t stare (wear your shades)
Unless you’re equipped with gills, don’t breathe underwater.
Don’t dive or jump into the pool…it’s too shallow and we appreciate you in your current healthy form.
Don’t run on the pooldeck…chill out and relax.  Erase “I’m in a rush” from your vocabulary.
Don’t bring glassware poolside…if it breaks, the party is over for all of us as we’ll need to empty the deck and vacuum up all those micro bits.  You don’t want people pointing fingers at you for ruining everyone’s fun, right?
Don’t enter the pool with open wounds, or if you’ve been ill with something contagious and/or hazardous. We feel bad for you and hope you heal up quickly but please don’t share your ailments with others.
Don’t drink beverages while in the pool. Please only drink is designated seating areas.

Smoking is not permitted on any of the premises of Hotel Arts.  Our non-smoking policy includes vaping.  Any person smoking or vaping on the premises will be asked to depart.

Poolside patrons are welcome to smoke outside of the hotel per smoking by-law rules (at least 5 meters from doorways).  We ask that you adhere to our dress code when walking through the public areas of the hotel to access our exits as poolside attire is not suitable outside of the patio area.

Hotel Arts is a busy boutique property that hosts guests from a variety of backgrounds, age groups and cultural backgrounds.  On any given day, we might be hosting a multicultural wedding, a tour group of seniors, a bachelorette party, and possibly a corporate retreat, among others.  As such, we ask our pool patrons to be respectful of all our guests at the hotel and be dressed appropriately (ie: shorts, shirts, cover-ups, shoes) when in the public areas. We ask that you do put on clothes to walk through the public areas of Hotel Arts…the South Beach North reference isn’t really a literal thing.

As for swimwear, a little mystery is always welcome poolside. Do remember that thongs and speedos are a privilege, not a right.  Fabric is intended to cover those special areas.  Micro-bikinis, underwear and transparent swimwear are not suitable attire for our patio. Please use your better judgement when selecting your poolside attire and, in the absence of good judgement, our friendly team of artisans will invite you back for a different day.

Driving to Hotel Arts for your poolside experience?  There is ample parking in our underground parking garage located off 13th Avenue SW or in our surface lot on 12th Avenue.  Standard parking charges apply.  There is also street parking in the surroundings.  Riding your bike to Hotel Arts? There are numerous bike stands located at Hotel Arts and our adjoining office/retail complex on 1st Street SW.

Need a place to change before embracing the rays poolside? Washrooms are available at the hotel for making that quick outfit change, please ask the Poolside host for directions.  Please wear shoes/sandals and suitable attire in our public areas.

Hotel guests at Hotel Arts and Hotel Arts Kensington receive priority access to Poolside. Please note, there may be wait times for hotel guests based on capacity. 3-hour time limit may apply on peak days or during peak times.

Access for non-hotel guests is on a first-come first-serve basis. A wait list is available in person and patrons are welcome to wait at Yellow Door Bistro until a table becomes available. Limit of 2 hours dining time for non-hotel guests.

Chlorinated water can lighten hair colour so please take special care with your hair. Wetting your hair with clear water before entering a pool may result in your hair absorbing less chlorinated water than dry hair.  Following a swim, experienced stylists recommend using a clarifying shampoo and conditioner designed to remove chlorine from your hair.  Our friends and neighbours at Hedkandi Hair Salon might have some suggestions for you to manage the colour of your fabulous locks (hedkandisalon.com).  If you’re concerned about your hair colour but don’t have a plan to protect it, we recommend you enjoy the pool but don’t dip your head underwater.  Ultimately, please enjoy the pool at your own risk.

Poolside by Hotel Arts is a great backdrop for the perfect selfie and we encourage our guests to post their favourite pics and share with friends.  When taking photos/videos, please be mindful of your neighbours who might not wish to be included in your shots. Asking permission instead of pleading forgiveness is a great way to foster a nice neighbourly vibe…and you might make a friendship too.  Please respect the wishes of your neighbour if they decline to be included…enjoy the scene instead of creating one.

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Hotel Guest Hours:

  • 7:00 am – dusk: Swimming

Opening hours are weather dependant.

Pool Access

Gain access to Calgary’s urban oasis with a pool usage fee with includes complimentary towels and a coveted seat Poolside at Hotel Arts. A 2 hour dining time limit is applicable.

Pool Usage Fee:

Non-Hotel Guests: $20 
Hotel Guests: Complimentary


Hotel guests can book a table with complimentary access for up to four people poolside (per hotel room). Opening hours are weather dependant.

For example if your hotel reservation has one person staying in the room, then you have complimentary pool access for up to three additional people. If your hotel reservation has two people staying in the room, then you have complimentary pool access for up to two additional people.

Pool Rules

For public patrons (excluding Hotel guests) a 2.5 hour dining time limit is applicable.
Dress Code
Where to change


Hotel Guests at Hotel Arts and Hotel Arts Kensington can make a poolside reservation via the Front Desk based on availability.

Non-hotel guests are welcome to experience Poolside by Hotel Arts on a first-come first-serve basis, subject to availability. A wait list is available in person at Hotel Arts and patrons are welcome to wait at Raw Bar or Yellow Door Bistro.

Yellow Door Bistro & Poolside by Hotel Arts are currently closed for in-person services as per the current public health regulations running until at least January 21, 2021. We are currently open for in-room dining and restaurant take-out only.
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