I've noticed more and more hotels are allowing non hotel guest to use their pools. I just came back from our vacation at Tidelands and they advertise that their pool and pool bar is open to the public. At first I thought this would be okay but during the days all chairs are taken and the pool is standing room only. You can't enjoy the pool at all. They have a roof top pool but thats packed also because other hotels guest are using the pool bar pool forcing all Tidelands guest to the roof top pool. Very dissapointed in Tidelands which I praised in the past but not now.
I know for fact that the Ambassador Hotel (sister hotel) pool is the Tidelands (they tell you to go to Tidelands) and the Hampton ocean front hotel does the same too.
Its a trend the other hotels are doing if they have a pool bar/restaurant on site to generate more cash.
I do not like it at all.