No room key, no problem – beat the heat at these swanky Orlando hotel pools 

If the swimming hole at your apartment complex is overflowing with undesirables (eyes up here, Apartment 2B) or you're just yearning for a lazy day where you can feel pampered and posh without spending a mint, you're in luck. Those touristy hotels and high-rises you usually complain about are about to become your favorite staycation spot. Here, dive into some Orlando resorts that welcome non-guests to make like a tourist in their pools and float, lounge and doggy-paddle for a meager price (or totally gratis).

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes 4012 Central Florida Parkway, 407-206-2400; ritzcarlton.com/orlando
Rent a cabana, dive into the 4,000-square-foot lap pool or go to the gun show in the fitness center, then order a blackened grouper sandwich from the poolside café. Requirements: Purchase a spa treatment to get access to the pool area. A $50 pedi might just be worth it to get to hobnob with the swanky set for the day; you wouldn't want unsightly toenails out there anyway.

Hilton Orlando 6001 Destination Parkway, 407-313-4300; thehiltonorlando.com
Water slides, a zero-entry pool (walk right into the water like you're at the beach) and a palm-lined lazy river are just a few of the amenities at the I-Drive hotel's resort area. Stay on for s'mores at the two poolside fire pits. Requirements: Book a spa treatment and get access to the bars and slides outside, or splash out on a cabana package and lunch is included – along with HD flat-screen TV, a mini-fridge and Wi-Fi. UPDATE 8/4/16: Protocol on property has been changed and outside visitors are no longer permitted to use the pool. (Boo.)

Coco Key Water Resort 7400 International Drive, 407-351-2626; cocokeyorlando.com
Sure, it's gaudy and flashy and geared toward kids and families (small price to pay), but for a pittance you can wade in the shallow end, splash in mushroom fountains, jet down a slide or just park yourself on a lounger and people-watch. Florida residents get in for just under $22; friends from out of town will pay $30.

Reunion Resort & Club 7593 Gathering Drive, Kissimmee, 407-662-1000; reunionresort.com
Here's where making strategic friends can really come in handy – Reunion Resort & Club's water park includes adult-sized slides and an eternally relaxing lazy river. The poolside grill boasts a full liquor bar (and food as well but, you know, liquid lunch), so you can sip Mai Tais like you're in Oahu. Requirements: If you're a member, you're in. If you're friends with a member (see above) you're also in.

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