10 Best Lazy River Hotels In California - Updated 2022

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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 the best lazy river hotels in California and be sure to tell us which one takes your fancy.

1. Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa (from USD 291)

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

Wifi Available

Address: 41000 Bob Hope Drive
Accommodates: 5

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Tennis court

2. Harrah's Resort: Southern California

Snow covered Palomar Mountains
Source: Photo by user RightCowLeftCoast used under CC BY-SA 4.0

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!

Harrah's Resort

Address: 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Funner, Valley Center, CA 92082

Price: from 128 USD

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3. Santa Clara Marriott and the Great America theme Park (from USD 429)

Located in Santa Clara this Marriott hotel forms a great combination with a theme park and is in the perfect position to enjoy a 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

Wifi Available

Address: 2700 Mission College Boulevard
Accommodates: 4

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Golf course (within 3 km)

4. Renaissance Club Sport and Waterworld (from USD 206)

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!

Waterworld California

Address: 1950 Waterworld Pkwy, Concord, CA 94520

Price: from 30.99 USD

Website: Waterworld California


Renaissance Walnut Creek Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: 2805 Jones Road
Accommodates: 4

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Sauna Fitness centre

5. The Franciscan Inn Motel and Wave Waterpark (from USD 99)

Forty minutes north of San Diego will bring you to Vista and that is exactly where our next hotel in California with a lazy river is at! 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.

Wave Waterpark

Address: 101 Wave Dr, Vista, CA 92083

Price: from 20 USD

Website: Wave Waterpark


Franciscan Inn Motel

Wifi Available

Address: 955 South Santa Fe Avenue
Accommodates: 4

Parking Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Free parking Internet services Heating WiFi Available Outdoor pool

6. Best Western Chula Vista: Otay Valley Hotel and Aquatica San Diego (from USD 159)

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

Wifi Available

Address: 4450 Main Street
Accommodates: 4

Parking Meeting/banquet facilities 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Golf course (within 3 km) Non-smoking rooms Fishing Business centre

7. Knott's Berry Farm Hotel and Soak City (from USD 219)

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).

Soak City

Address: 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620

Price: 48 USD

Website: Soak City


Knott's Berry Farm Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: 7675 Crescent Avenue
Accommodates: 10

Parking Restaurant Meeting/banquet facilities 24-hour front desk Non-smoking rooms Laundry Facilities for disabled guests Internet services

8. Welk Resort Palm Spring and Wet 'N' Wild (from USD 139)

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. This resort with a lazy river in California 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


Desert Oasis by Vacation Club Rentals

Wifi Available

Address: 34567 Cathedral Canyon Drive
Accommodates: 4

Parking Restaurant Bar 24-hour front desk Tennis court Fitness centre Golf course (within 3 km) Garden

9. Morongo Casino, Resort and Spa

MorongoCasino1
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Takwish used under CC BY-SA 2.5

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

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10. Great Wolf Lodge (from USD 329)

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

Wifi Available

Address: 12681 Harbor Blvd
Accommodates: 6

Parking Restaurant Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Business centre

The hotel and lazy river combo!

That’s it, our list is completed of the best hotels with some of the best lazy rivers 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, beachfront rentals, 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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