Lap pools in hotels anywhere

Lap pools in hotels anywhere

Post by Willie L » Tue, 09 May 1995 04:00:00


Assumption: a good lap pool is one that is at least 25 yards long and
have at least 2 lanes.

Given that definition and as a follow-up to my previous query on lap
pools in London, if people want to send in their contributions, I
wouldn't mind compiling and maintaining a list of hotels worldwide
with lap pools.  My first two entries would be:

1) The Grand Pacific Hotel, 450 Quebec Street, Victoria, British
Columbia, which has a 4 to 6 lane (don't remember exactly how many
lanes) 25m indoor pool.  They don't use chlorine in the pool (I am not
exactly what they use but someone mentioned something about ozone).

2) The Laguna Mar resort complex near Parmpatar, Isla de Magarita,
Venezuela.  It has several outdoor pools (water slides, tidal wave
pool, and recreational pools) and very importantly including an 8-lane
50m Olympic pool.

Willie

 
 
 

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Post by Swimjun » Wed, 10 May 1995 04:00:00

The Shangrila Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand has a 4 lane, 25 meter pool.

Rob

 
 
 

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Post by Lois Melin » Thu, 11 May 1995 04:00:00

The Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City, Michigan has a complete
health club available to guests, including a 25-yard lap pool with
at least two lanes available all the time.  Water temp. was 80 degrees
F.  Also several hot tubs, tennis courts, racquetball, weight room,
aerobic machines, and a Jack Nicklaus designed golf course.

McDonald's has a corporate headquarters in Illinois that I don't think
is open to the public, but is sometimes a conference site.  If you're
lucky enough to be at a conference there, bring your suit. They have
a very nice 25-yard lap pool and running path.

There is a good book, "Fitness on the Road" by John Winsor (Shelter
Publications, 1986) that lists hotels with lap pools as well as
public pools, like YMCAs near hotels.

 
 
 

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Post by sandila.. » Thu, 11 May 1995 04:00:00

I make a point of finding good pools and have thought of writing "Where to
swim in Canada [or even N.America].  Hotel pools of over 20 yds are rare,
but 20 yds is not bad and they can be found.  The worst are the 12 yard ones
that are in almost all Westins!  Uck.  With stairs at one end.

Here are some that are passable:

Chateau Laurier, Ottawa.  20 yds. about 4 lanes  Dark and dingy tho'
Skyline, Ottawa           25 yds.   "         (check this one out for me
                                              Lynn, it might be only 20)
Holiday Inn, Winnipeg     20 yds  (actually 2 pools one indoor one out.

Banff Springs Hotel       33 yards!

If you stay at the Inn on the Park in Edmonton they give you a free pass to
the Kinsmen Commonwealth pool.  A bit of a hike, or a short cab ride.  Pools
are 50m 8 lane and 2 x 25 warmup.  Lane swim available most of the time
except late afternoon.

I agree, though, that the Grand Pacific in Victoria wins for best hotel pool
I've seen.
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Post by Cathy Smi » Thu, 11 May 1995 04:00:00

The Clarion hotel in Boulder, Colorado has a 25 yard lap pool (w/i a few
inches, anyway).

Cathy S.
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Post by James G. Ack » Thu, 11 May 1995 04:00:00

: The Shangrila Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand has a 4 lane, 25 meter pool.
:
: Rob

        In Orlando on International Drive, what used to be the
Justus Aquatic Center is now run by Radisson (?? could have changed ??)
and the hotel is adjacent to the indoor 50 meter pool.

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Post by Jean M. Sterli » Fri, 12 May 1995 04:00:00

   The pool behind the Radison Hotel on International Drive in
Orlando is now the I-drive YMCA.  It's a very nice facility.

                        Jean

 
 
 

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Post by Jeff Dav » Fri, 12 May 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>         In Orlando on International Drive, what used to be the
> Justus Aquatic Center is now run by Radisson (?? could have changed ??)
> and the hotel is adjacent to the indoor 50 meter pool.

The aquatic center is now run by the Orlando YMCA. The guests of the Radisson Aquatic are able to use the pool for free. I was there in January 1993, The 50 meter pool was set up for short course, 20 lanes all with at least a 6 foot depth. There is a seperate dive pool with two 10 meter and 5 meter platforms and a bunch of 3 meter and 1 meter boards.
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Post by j_opp.. » Fri, 12 May 1995 04:00:00

        When I travel I rarely stay at motels of sufficient quality to
        even have a pool.  But once I stayed at the Westin Hotel in
        Tustin, CA (I think it was Tustin, or at least it was somewhere
        around there...) and they had a 20-yard pool.  

        Also, the Swan and Dolphin Hotels in DisneyWorld in Orlando
        each have 33.3-yard pools.

        Joe Oppelt

 
 
 

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Post by Lynn Marsha » Fri, 12 May 1995 04:00:00

...
|> Chateau Laurier, Ottawa.  20 yds. about 4 lanes  Dark and dingy tho'
|> Skyline, Ottawa           25 yds.   "         (check this one out for me
|>                                               Lynn, it might be only 20)
...
I have swum in the Chateau Laurier pool when a friend was staying there.
It is 4 lanes *25yd*.  (They also sell memberships for the pool/weight room
for non-guests, but this may only be on an annual basis.)

I heard from a  friend that the Skyline pool was "big".  He estimated 25yds,
but I haven't seen it!

Lynn

 
 
 

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Post by Jeffrey Roddi » Sat, 13 May 1995 04:00:00

Quote:

>2) The Laguna Mar resort complex near Parmpatar, Isla de Magarita,
>Venezuela.  It has several outdoor pools (water slides, tidal wave
>pool, and recreational pools) and very importantly including an 8-lane
>50m Olympic pool.

That probably means that this is the only Hotel in the world that
actually has an "Olympic size" pool.  That would be the first time in
my life I've seen that expression used properly!
 
 
 

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Post by Swimme » Sat, 13 May 1995 04:00:00

At the risk of being accused of self-promotion, may I suggest you pick up
a copy of my book "Swimmers Guide"?

The book has 3,000+ year-round pool listings in 1,700 communities across
the US.  The general requirement for listing is a 20 yard pool, but for
hotels we listed a pool if it was at least 50 feet long.  We have 251
hotels listed, all but about 80 are 20 yards long or longer.

A nice feature of the book is that we also have 400+ clubs, Ys, etc. that
admit guests of nearby hotels in for less than the general public rate (in
many cases free).

To my knowledge it is the only independently produced directory of
year-round pools available, so it's not just YMCAs or Masters Clubs, it's
all-inclusive.  We've even got a couple of church pools!

If you get SWIM Magazine, the book was reviewed on p.11 of the May/June
issue.  It should also be reviewed in the Summer issue of Rodale's Fitness
Swimmer.  It costs $16.95 and should be in bookstores within a few weeks.
(ALSA Publishing, Inc., Stuart, FL).  It is already available by mail
order from:  ISHOF Mail Order, World Wide Aquatics (their catalog
description is wrong), Kast-A-Way Swimwear, and Sprint Rothhammer.

Hope this helps.  But if you have any questions, don't hesitate to e-mail
me.

Regards,
Bill Haverland