This time we’ve got something a bit different to list, and that is our combination of hotels with or near lazy rivers. As the temperature heats up, we know that you want to get out of your hotel room and relax in a lazy river whilst you listen to the sounds around you. After you’re done visiting the neighboring small towns, perhaps you might also want to do a bit of people-watching in one of the beautiful beaches. So, check out our list below of combos in California and be sure to tell us which one takes your fancy.
With 240 acres (97 hectares) near Palm Spring, a 27 hole golf course, multiple restaurants and a 450 ft lazy river on the hotel resort complex, the facilities in this hotel will give you a weekend to remember. Add in a heavy dose of excellent customer service and you’ll not have any need to leave the hotel at all so we recommend grabbing a good book, an inflatable doughnut and relaxing in the sun on the lazy river until it’s time for a cocktail. Life is hard sometimes.
Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Address: 41000 Bob Hope Drive
Facilities for disabled guests Express check-in/check-out WiFi available in all areas Family rooms Kids' outdoor play equipment 24-hour front desk First aid kit available VIP room facilities
2. Harrah's Resort: Southern California
An hour north of San Diego is Funner (yes that’s an actual place name) and at Funner you’ll find Harrah’s Resort: Southern California. They have a variety of boarding options from suites to rooms, but don’t expect to spend too much time in your room as there are plenty of amenities on sight including a casino, relaxing spa, fitness center, high-end bazaar and even a golf course. But really we all want to know about what water facilities they have. There is one main pool, a swim up bar area and of course a 400 foot (121 meter) lazy river and two waterfalls!
Address: 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Funner, Valley Center, CA 92082
Price: from 128 USD
Located in Santa Clara this Marriott hotel is in the perfect position to enjoy the lazy river at the Great America Theme Park. It’s the longest lazy river in the area, but if you want more excitement be sure to check out the other water attractions such as the ‘Down Under Thunder’ which includes a 2-person inflatable and a nearly vertical wall or the Great Barrier Reef wave pool. After all that excitement you can head the 1 mile (1.6 km) back to your hotel room. Perfect!
Great America Theme Park
Address: 4701 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Price: 39.99 USD
Website: Great America Theme Park
Santa Clara Marriott
Address: 2700 Mission College Boulevard
Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Kid-friendly buffet Safety deposit box Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Children television networks Mobile app for room service First aid kit available
Just 30 minutes drive east of San Francisco and you’ll come to a city surrounded by luscious green hills called Walnut Creek. Here, the Renaissance Club Sport offers a relaxing tech-savy stay near San Francisco. Each room features fast wifi and an i-pod dock to make sure that you can stay connected. Whenever you don’t want to be connected be sure to visit the Waterworld California which is located just 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Walnut Creek. The lazy river at Waterworld California is the perfect way to unwind after the stress and strains of a working day. The lazy river attraction is called the Kaanapali Kooler which claims to be the longest lazy river ride in California, we love the geyser waterfalls that you float through!
Address: 1950 Waterworld Pkwy, Concord, CA 94520
Price: from 30.99 USD
Website: Waterworld California
Forty minutes north of San Diego will bring you to Vista and that is exactly where our next hotel and lazy river is! Vista is a small city of approximately 19 square miles (30 sq. km) that is surrounded by countryside so is a perfect place to retreat for a few days but with good access to a number of attractions. The Franciscan Inn Motel is clean, with good services and simple furnishings, it does have an outdoor pool but we recommend going to Wave Waterpark for all the water fun, especially the El Rio Loco lazy river.
Address: 101 Wave Dr, Vista, CA 92083
Price: from 20 USD
Website: Wave Waterpark
Another option for Vista is this Best Western Hotel which is just 2.4 miles (3.8 km) from the lazy river at Aquatica waterpark. The hotel offers an outdoor hot tub and heated pool with excellent customer service and nice rooms to relax in. All rooms are private and come with basic cooking facilities; microwave and fridge. The Aquatica waterpark is great to take children to, there are plenty of thrill rides, safety zones for the younger ones and even some live animals on site. Once you’re set up for the day you can relax in the lazy river called Loggerhead Lane, which is 1,250 foot (381 metres) and actually goes past flamingos!
Aquatica San Diego
Address: 2052 Entertainment Cir, Chula Vista, CA 91911
Price: from 30 USD
Website: Aquatica San Diego
Best Western Chula Vista/Otay Valley Hotel
Address: 4450 Main Street
Luggage storage 24-hour front desk WiFi available in all areas Swimming pool First aid kit available Physical distancing in dining areas Canoeing Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus
Knotts Berrys Farm Hotel and Soak City waterpark are located at the same amusement resort in the South East of Los Angeles. With Disneyland just 6 miles (9.6 km) away this is a fantastic location to involve some playtime into your holiday! We think that after a long day at Disneyland a relax in the lazy river at Soak City sounds perfect. Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel is clean with excellent food and drinks on offer on site. The rooms are a good size and have everything you need. If you return with the free shuttle from Disneyland to this hotel all you need to do is drive 3 minutes to the waterpark. There are so many thrill rides that it may take you a while to get around to the lazy river, otherwise known as the Sunset River which makes a figure of eight and stretches 1,780 feet (542 meters).
Address: 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620
Price: 48 USD
Website: Soak City
Knott's Berry Farm Hotel
Address: 7675 Crescent Avenue
24-hour front desk Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Meeting/banquet facilities Outdoor pool (all year) Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Swimming pool toys WiFi Available
Ok, the last one on our list of hotels and lazy rivers and it feels right that we finish off with the Wet ‘N’ Wild in Palm Springs. Welk Resort Palm Spring is just in the border of Cathedral city whilst Wet 'N’ Wild is just on the border in Palm Springs but they are actually only a five minute drive from each other. Welk Resorts offers self-catering one bedroom villas with views over San Jacinto Mountains There is a pool onsite alongside other activities such as ping pong and air hockey. But, to really let the fun begin let’s take a look at the lazy river at Wet 'N’ Wild. The 600 foot (182 meter) lazy river is also called the Sunset River and is safe for all of the family to enjoy whilst taking a break from some of the more exhilarating water slides.
Wet 'N' Wild Palm Springs
Address: 1500 S Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Website: Wet ‘N’ Wild Palm Springs
9. Morongo Casino, Resort and Spa
Morongo is the perfect accommodation for those who just want to take their mind off things. The resort features a grand casino that guests will want to check out. You can even get your favorite beverages while playing at the casino. This place is not just about the casino though. Morongo’s Oasis Pool is one of California’s best hotel pools and for good reason. It has a lazy river and a sandy beach that will easily amuse guests. While here, why not get the perfect spa experience that you deserve? At Morongo Spa, you will definitely get the luxury treatment. There are also other interesting activities nearby such as golfing, bowling, and even shopping. With all the interesting activities surrounding the place, you will certainly enjoy your stay here.
Morongo Casino, Resort and Spa
Address: 49500 Seminole Dr. Cabazon, California 92230
Just 14 minutes drive of central Santa Ana brings you upon Great Wolf Lodge. It is just 2.2 miles (3.5 km) from Disneyland and so is a perfect location for your Disney Holiday, the resort has so much fun involved that you’ll be dragging your kids to Disneyland. The water features include a toasty 84-degree indoor water park with 16 fun water slides and shallow crooked creek style lazy river which is perfect for all of the family to enjoy.
Great Wolf Lodge Southern California
Address: 12681 Harbor Blvd
The hotel and lazy river combo!
That’s it, our list is completed of the best hotels with lazy river combo’s in California. We love lazy rivers, they just seem like the perfect way to unwind and take the world in. Hopefully you’ve seen a combination that you fancy for a holiday, whether it be a short break or a longer time. After all, there are plenty of beachfront hotels and luxury Airbnbs to choose from for your accommodation needs. Whilst the sun is still shining let’s grab our doughnut rings, some friends and head out!
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