Crystal Hotel - Soaking Pool

At Crystal Hotel

303 S.W. 12th Ave., Portland, OR 97205

Hours:
Hours: 8 a.m. 'til 1 a.m.
Minors with an adult, 8 a.m. 'til 8 p.m.
Hotel guests only

The Soaking Pool will be closed the second Tuesday of every month for maintenance.

Upcoming Events

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Tuesday, May 23
Oregon Cider Week
Thursday, Jun 15
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  • Edgefield Wines

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  • Handcrafted Spirits

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About Soaking Pool

Set below street level at the Crystal Hotel, our oasis ebbs and flows in the midst of the bustling city. Overnight guests can unwind after a long day of shopping or meetings or before heading to the Crystal for a concert. The pool is for overnight guests only; those 18 and older need a photo ID. Minors are permitted with an adult before 8 p.m.

Forget Your Swimsuit?
No problem. We have suits - both men's and women's - for sale right here at the hotel. Ladies can choose from a selection of retro, vintage-inspired Popina Swimwear options, while men can purchase a pair of comfortable McMenamins board shorts.

And if you'd like a truly unique memento of your stay in downtown Portland, Popina's even makes customized swimwear - visit their shop just around the corner at 318 NW 11th Ave. or call them at (503) 243-SWIM for details.

Soaking Pool Rules

  • Minors (persons under 18 years) must be with a parent or guardian at all times 
  • No minors permitted in pool after 8 p.m.
  • No smoking in the pool
  • No Glass containers
  • Please be respectful of other guests
  • No horseplay, jumping or diving
  • No pool toys or recreational flotation devices
  • Swimsuits are required & swim diaper required for any child not potty trained, NO EXCEPTIONS
  • Do not add bubble bath, soaps or fragrance into the water
  • No outside beverages or containers are allowed
  • The Hotel cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items

Items left behind in the soaking pool will be kept for one week before being donated.

Failure to comply with these rules and regulations is grounds for us to deny access to the soaking pool,

Thank you,
Management

About Our Soaking Pools

It is important to know that chlorine is present in our soaking pools. All of our pools (Edgefield, Kennedy School, Old St. Francis School, Grand Lodge, Crystal Hotel) utilize salt cells that convert low levels of salt (sodium chloride) to chlorine. This means that a saltwater pool is not actually chlorine-free – it simply utilizes a chlorine generator instead of a direct addition of chlorine.

To meet health department requirements, we also add granulated chlorine to break down and release contaminants from the pool.

The benefits of our saltwater spa systems include:

  • Smoother, softer-feeling water
  • Diminished chloramines formation
  • Less odor
  • Eco- & earth-friendly
  • Gentle to hair, even colored or blonde
  • Reduced eye irritation
  • Soothing to skin
  • Health benefits when using mineral salts
  • Easily adjusted sanitizer level

Many people previously convinced that they had an allergic or other aversion to chlorine found no such problems after experiencing a salt-based system. A salt system allows us to more precisely control the sanitizer output, often requiring lower levels to achieve water purity. The mineral salts have many health benefits of their own.

Additional chemicals that we use to maintain proper chemical balance for bathers include: sodium bicarbonate, soda ash, calcium chloride, sodium bisulfate, muriatic acid, and monopersulfate (commonly referred to as MPS).

Salinity Levels: Lower Than You Think
When we think of saltwater, the ocean comes to mind. Seawater has a strong salty taste, and it can cause metal corrosion. Fortunately, the levels of salt used in our systems are very low by comparison. The table below give you some perspective:

Salinity Comparison (parts per million) 
Ocean water: 35,000 ppm 
Human tears: 9,000 ppm 
Ability to taste salt: 5,000 ppm 
Saltwater spas: 3,000 ppm

  • Set below street level at the Crystal Hotel, our oasis ebbs and flows in the midst of the bustling city. Overnight guests can unwind after a long day of shopping or meetings or before heading to the Crystal for a concert. The pool is for overnight guests only; those 18 and older need a photo ID. Minors are permitted with an adult before 8 p.m.

    Forget Your Swimsuit?
    No problem. We have suits - both men's and women's - for sale right here at the hotel. Ladies can choose from a selection of retro, vintage-inspired Popina Swimwear options, while men can purchase a pair of comfortable McMenamins board shorts.

    And if you'd like a truly unique memento of your stay in downtown Portland, Popina's even makes customized swimwear - visit their shop just around the corner at 318 NW 11th Ave. or call them at (503) 243-SWIM for details.

  • Soaking Pool Rules

    • Minors (persons under 18 years) must be with a parent or guardian at all times 
    • No minors permitted in pool after 8 p.m.
    • No smoking in the pool
    • No Glass containers
    • Please be respectful of other guests
    • No horseplay, jumping or diving
    • No pool toys or recreational flotation devices
    • Swimsuits are required & swim diaper required for any child not potty trained, NO EXCEPTIONS
    • Do not add bubble bath, soaps or fragrance into the water
    • No outside beverages or containers are allowed
    • The Hotel cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items

    Items left behind in the soaking pool will be kept for one week before being donated.

    Failure to comply with these rules and regulations is grounds for us to deny access to the soaking pool,

    Thank you,
    Management

  • About Our Soaking Pools

    It is important to know that chlorine is present in our soaking pools. All of our pools (Edgefield, Kennedy School, Old St. Francis School, Grand Lodge, Crystal Hotel) utilize salt cells that convert low levels of salt (sodium chloride) to chlorine. This means that a saltwater pool is not actually chlorine-free – it simply utilizes a chlorine generator instead of a direct addition of chlorine.

    To meet health department requirements, we also add granulated chlorine to break down and release contaminants from the pool.

    The benefits of our saltwater spa systems include:

    • Smoother, softer-feeling water
    • Diminished chloramines formation
    • Less odor
    • Eco- & earth-friendly
    • Gentle to hair, even colored or blonde
    • Reduced eye irritation
    • Soothing to skin
    • Health benefits when using mineral salts
    • Easily adjusted sanitizer level

    Many people previously convinced that they had an allergic or other aversion to chlorine found no such problems after experiencing a salt-based system. A salt system allows us to more precisely control the sanitizer output, often requiring lower levels to achieve water purity. The mineral salts have many health benefits of their own.

    Additional chemicals that we use to maintain proper chemical balance for bathers include: sodium bicarbonate, soda ash, calcium chloride, sodium bisulfate, muriatic acid, and monopersulfate (commonly referred to as MPS).

    Salinity Levels: Lower Than You Think
    When we think of saltwater, the ocean comes to mind. Seawater has a strong salty taste, and it can cause metal corrosion. Fortunately, the levels of salt used in our systems are very low by comparison. The table below give you some perspective:

    Salinity Comparison (parts per million) 
    Ocean water: 35,000 ppm 
    Human tears: 9,000 ppm 
    Ability to taste salt: 5,000 ppm 
    Saltwater spas: 3,000 ppm

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