Instead of picking up a gawd-awful disease while you're inner-tubing with the riffraff at some questionable public pool, for the price of a quality foodstuff and one beverage, you can make a splash with a higher-caliber group at Escape at the W Hotel. Maybe they've got water on the brain, but for three nights a week you can use the hotel's ultra-chic and superclean swimming hole, dry off with its luxe towels, hang out at its poolside lounge, and recline on its chaise longues (cabanas cost a fee) while mixing and mingling with the other hotel guests and anyone off the streets who chooses to get wet. W Hotel Westwood, 930 Hilgard Ave., L.A.; every Thurs.-Sat., 7 to 10 p.m. (310) 208-8765, starwoodhotels.com.

Thu., Aug. 26, 7 p.m., 2010

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