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 and perhaps do a bit of people watching. 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 this is more like a small town than a hotel. 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, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 (see map)
Price: from 179 USD
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
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
Address: 12681 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, Anaheim, 92840 (see map)
Price: 229 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!
Santa Clara Marriot
Address: 2700 Mission College Boulevard, Santa Clara, CA 95054 (see map)
Price: from 450 USD
Great America Theme Park
Address: 4701 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054 (see map)
Price: 39.99 USD
Website: Great America Theme Park
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!
Renaissance Club Sport
Address: 2805 Jones Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94597 (see map)
Price: from 264 USD
Address: 1950 Waterworld Pkwy, Concord, CA 94520 (see map)
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.
The Franciscan Inn Motel
Address: 955 South Santa Fe Avenue, Vista, CA 92083 (see map)
Price: from 57 USD
Address: 101 Wave Dr, Vista, CA 92083 (see map)
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 heated pool and hot tub 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!
Best Western Chula Vista: Otay Valley Hotel
Address: 4450 Main Street, Chula Vista, CA 91911 (see map)
Price: from 87 USD
Aquatica San Diego
Address: 2052 Entertainment Cir, Chula Vista, CA 91911 (see map)
Price: from 30 USD
Website: Aquatica San Diego
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).
Knott's Berry Farm Hotel
Address: 7675 Crescent Avenue, Buena Park, CA 90620, United States of America (see map)
Price: from 89 USD
Address: 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620 (see map)
Price: 48 USD
Website: Soak City
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.
Welk Resort Palm Spring
Address: 34567 Cathedral Canyon Drive, Cathedral City, CA 92234, United States of America (see map)
Price: from 135 USD
Wet 'N' Wild Palm Springs
Address: 1500 S Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92264 (see map)
Website: Wet ‘N’ Wild Palm Springs
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. Whilst the sun is still shining let’s grab our doughnut rings, some friends and head out!
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