2021 Edition: With COVID restrictions in place, many pools require you to be a hotel guest to book a cabana or day bed, which breaks from the norm in previous years. It’s always best to confirm prior to booking if you’re looking at a resort pool at a different property.
You don’t have to be a high roller to feel like one. Renting a cabana for the day is a great way to experience a little luxury. Surprisingly, it can also be quite an economical experience. At certain resorts, the base cost is eliminated if you simply rack up a tab with enough food and beverages. For example, if a cabana costs $500 but includes a food and beverage minimum, your party will simply have to spend at least $500 as the rental fee. If you don’t spend up to that threshold, you’ll automatically be billed that amount plus gratuity and tax. This can be easy to do with even a small group. A food and beverage minimum rate is not in effect for most properties, but some work this way. Be sure to ask when inquiring about a reservation.
Many cabanas come with a dedicated server and are pre-stocked with water and other basic snacks. A few even have TVs, which actually makes it a fun place to catch a game. Amenities, of course, vary based on location.
This list doesn’t include every resort, more just a few select options I think have good value. You’re going to find the least expensive rentals at the lower-end properties. While they may not be the most luxurious, the service and experience still make it worthwhile. Rates will depend on demand of that particular day. Use this as a guide, knowing actual prices may be different. Rates below are from “as low as” I’ve seen, which are typically weekdays. Here are a few choice options:
The MGM Grand pool complex is the best value in the MGM Resorts family. I personally like the Mandalay Bay pools the best, but MGM Grand offers the only cabana packages in the MGM Resorts lineup with food and beverage credits. Half of the rental fee is provided in the form of a food and beverage credit. My go-to is the Lazy River Front cabana. Knock back a few, then float at your leisure.
For booking: MGM Resorts Cabana Rentals
A new addition to the list this year. This is a mid-tier MGM resort, but cabana prices are in line with cheaper hotels like Luxor and Excalibur, which may make this worth considering.
For booking: MGM Resorts Cabana Rentals
Their standard poolside cabanas are fine, but for an extra $50 you can get their premium cabanas which have an indoor air conditioned space which is a great benefit in middle of the summer. It’s not the sexiest pool on the Strip, but a fun view of the Eiffel Tower and air conditioning make this worth considering.
For booking: Paris Pool Cabana Rentals
Chelsea: $375 +
BLVD: $400 +
The pools at the Cosmo offer the best cabana value in Vegas. It’s an exciting resort in a fantastic location and the rental fee features a built-in food and beverage minimum, one of the few on the Strip doing so. At BLVD, your cheapest options are on the second floor, which isn’t ideal, but the spots on the main deck are often double the price. The view and vibe at BLVD are exceptional while Chelsea offers a more relaxed atmosphere.
For booking: Cosmo Pool Cabana Rentals
This is a fairly straightforward pool and the cabanas aren’t poolside, but a $100 is a great deal. Heck, the fridge is stocked with bottled water and filled on request. That alone at most pools in town would cost $100.
For booking: Bally’s Pool Cabana Rentals
Treasure Island has an interesting set of options. The cheapest full day option is the 8 person cabanas. Their lanais, which can accommodate up to 24, are affordable for their size. My favorite thing about TI’s pool is that you can rent a cabana for a half day ($95+) from 1pm to close based on same-day availability. You may want to relax, but you may not be a “pool person” and want to spend all day outside. After all, the tables are calling. Half day rentals are a nice menu addition and TI is the only Vegas resort I know of that offers them.
Note: Friday and Saturday cabana and lanai rentals require an additional $200 food and beverage minimum.
For booking: Treasure Island Pool Cabana Rentals
Sahara has two rooftop pools, Alexandria and Retro. While I can’t speak to their atmosphere, the cabana rental rates at both are merely food and beverage minimums. This alone makes them a great value and worth a trip up north.
For booking: Sahara Pool Cabana Rentals
Citrus at Downtown Grand offers a subdued atmosphere at an affordable price. Cabanas are good for up to 8 people and include the food and beverage minimum. Their website doesn’t state that the rental fees are f&b minimums, but I reached out to DTG and they confirmed. The menu is limited, but the bar stocks a decent beer selection. If you’re looking for a quiet day away from the hustle and bustle, this is your spot.
For booking: Downtown Grand Pool Cabana Rentals
Another simple, but clean and calm space downtown. The true rental fee is $50 plus a $100 food and beverage minimum. The cabanas can fit up to 6, so it’s not doing to be difficult to hit that number.
For booking: Plaza Pool Cabana Rentals
Be sure to call and ask regarding cabana pricing and food and beverage policies. These prices are subject to change based on supply and demand. Most cabana rentals are forfeited during the late morning hours if the original renters don’t show, around 11 am or noon. If you’re bold enough, you may be able to negotiate a lower price day of if there is availability.
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