If your children are anything like ours, there is nothing better than the hotel swimming pool, no matter the destination. Our kids actually said they loved the hotel pool more than they loved the theme parks we took them to one year! Many hotel swimming pools have become the main vacation destination these days, complete with wave pools, lazy rivers, water slides and splash buckets. Here are 10 of our favorite hotel swimming pools across the country.

Written by Lissa Poirot

The Waverton Hotel

Formerly the Holiday Inn Chicago-Elmhurst, The Waverton Hotel features an indoor water park. The 24,000-square-foot Mayan Adventure Indoor Waterpark features tube and body slides, a lazy river, splash park, activity pool with games like water basketball, and of course, a regular pool in which to splash and play. There's even a Mayan-themed restaurant on hand -- you might never make it to the nearby attractions of Chicago if you stay here!

While not filled with endless waterslides and splash zones, the allure of the Hot Springs Lodge's pool is in its name: Hot Springs. This pool, so large it expands two city blocks, is indeed a hot springs mineral pool, averaging temperatures of 104 degrees, even in the dead of winter. Not just therapeutic, but fun, the gigantic pool includes a kiddie section, a diving pool, and yes, even a couple water slides. The pool even welcomes rafts, floats, masks and snorkels, reminding guests that "feeling this relaxed is fun!"

Read our review of the Hot Springs Lodge & Pool.

What's better on a hot day, deep in the heart of Texas, than a chance to cool off in an old-fashioned swimming hole in your hotel's backyard? The Hyatt's four-acre "water playground" features a 950-foot Ramblin' River for lazy floats. Cascading waterfalls, an activity pool with sports like water volleyball, a kiddie pool, a sandy beach and two lagoon-style pools nestled around shady trees were enough for my kids to rank this spot better than the SeaWorld across the street!

Read our review of the Hyatt Regency Hill Country.

The resort with plenty of room options for families of all sizes is also the home of America's largest indoor water park -- 173,000 square feet in size, to be exact. A transparent roof overhead will make you forget you're indoors (unless, of course, it's snowing) while the kids ride the waves in the 12,000-square-foot wave pool. A lazy river, pools, water slides, uphill water rollercoaster and raft rides, including a swirling bowl raft ride, complete the park. Need more? In the summer, enjoy the outdoor water park with activity pools and hot tubs.

Read our review of the Kalahari Resort Sandusky.

Your kids already get laughs from the family-friendly TV shows on Nickelodeon, so you know they'll get a few more when staying at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort. Decorated in a myriad of colors with characters providing entertainment throughout the day, it's the water park that will win your kids over. The zero-entry Lagoon pool features seven waterslides and flumes and a splash playground with water jets, climbing nets and--what else--slime dump from the 400-gallon dump tank. Not enough? Head over to the more intimate Oasis Pool for more waterslides and flumes and a preschooler-friendly splash zone.

Read our review of the Nickelodeon Family Suites.

You've guessed right: This hotel is part of Six Flags Great Escape and offers the thrills and fun of a Six Flags theme park, but all within the grounds of the resort. Cross the street to enjoy the land-based coasters and rides at Six Flags before returning to the lodge and enjoying its water park. The 38,000-square-foot indoor White Water Bay water park includes the Avalanche family raft ride, a kiddie pool, Tak-it-Eesi-Creek lazy river, Lott-A-Watta-Bay and the Tall Timbers Treehouse play structure with water slides. For an additional fee, kids can surf (or learn how to!) at Boogie Bear Surf.

Read our review of the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge.

The sprawling resort complex features 11 pools, including the Grotto Pool with its cascading waterfalls, the zero-entry River Pool that connects to a lazy river and kiddie pools like Splashers Water Playground, a Mayan-themed water play area with slides, rope and net bridges and plenty of ways to get wet. But that's not all! Atlantis' pools are just one component of Aquaventure, its 141-acre water park that is free to all guests. From slow-moving or fast-churning river rides to waterslides of all heights, it's easy to forget there is a beautiful blue ocean just steps away.

Read our review of the Atlantis Resort.

With a name like Disney, you know you're going to be in for a treat at one of its hotels, and the Grand Californian near Disneyland doesn't disappoint. The Redwood Pool, centered around a Redwood Tree-themed and shaped waterslide is almost good enough to make the kids say "Mickey, who?" It's also just one stop in the resort's water complex, which also features the Fountain Pool and its artisan turtle fountain, and the Mariposa Pool and its private cabanas and hot tub.

Read our review of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel.

Sure, you could enjoy the massive surf along Wailea Beach, but why would you need to with the Wailea Canyon Activity Pool? The 25,700-square-foot, 2,000-foot-long pool complex is made up of nine pools connected by a river that varies from lazy to rapids. Four jungle pools, a Tarzan rope swing pool, six waterfalls, an infant pool, five waterslides, three hot tubs and the world's only water elevator round out the fun.

Read our review of the Grand Wailea Resort.

In the self-proclaimed "Water Park Capital of the World," the Wisconsin Dells' multiple water parks are enough to turn your kids into prunes. Still, the Great Wolf Lodge, located in the heart of the Dells, provides a place to rest weary wet heads after a day splashing indoors or out in its water parks. Fort Mackenzie is a four-story, super-soaker, treehouse-themed indoor water park with rope bridges, soaker buckets and water slides. In Coyote Canyon, ride the enclosed 436-foot water slide before landing in its splash pool, or hit Crooked Creek for a lazy river ride. During the summer months, families can play at the outdoor Thunder Bay water park.

Read our review of the Great Wolf Lodge Wisconsin Dells.

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10 Best Hotel Swimming Pools
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Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa Reviews
SirQL8 - Oct 29th, 2012

My 3 year has been on 2 cruises, countless traveling vacations and more weekend trips than most children her age. She has never more thoroughly enjoyed a stay as much as this one. After realizing we weren't returning to 'our room' and were, in ... read more
Caliste - May 28th, 2010

We love this place and make it a point to visit each summer. Our whole family goes and we range in age from 73-5 and everyone has a blast. The lazy river winds through the property with the perfect balance of sun and shade. There is even a beach ... read more
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa reviews
Kalahari Waterpark Resort, Ohio Reviews
nanapapaw - Jul 24th, 2014

We have no complaints. This was an awesome first time vacation with our 3 grandkids and this water park. We'll definitely go back. We were there for 3days. Everyone that works there were very nice and helpful. They really have the safety of there ... read more
sandipederson - Jun 23rd, 2014

5 star prices for a 2-3 star property. One person working the front desk. We waited in line for 45 minutes. There is no a/c in any of the common areas so the sweat was dripping off us by the time we got to the room. The only positive part of our ... read more
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drlaura2 - May 29th, 2014

Be VERY CAREFUL if you stay here! We came back to find that housekeeping had left our door open! Although this has never happened to me at a hotel ever, I understand mistakes happen. What made it so bad was that when we complained they said "oh, ... read more
Chrissie33 - May 13th, 2014

This hotel was not worth the price we paid for four days the restaurant food was horrible and it was so expensive. I thought that paying over a hundred dollars for a room it was going to be a cartoon character room and the only cartoon was on pthe ... read more
Nickelodeon Suites Resort reviews
Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark Reviews
kbudd103 - Feb 25th, 2014

This was our second trip here. The first time we visited in June 2013 and had a nice time with our 2 year old. This time, we visited in February 2014 which also happened to be vacation week for Vermont schools and there was a big living social ... read more
Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark reviews
Atlantis Resort Reviews
trentorley - Mar 31st, 2014

This was my fourth visit to Atlantis and the resport service has gone down considerably over the last two years. Basic things such as clean towels and face cloths not being refreshed were an every day occurence. The prompt response team did not ... read more
dtjensen7 - Jan 6th, 2014

Atlantis Review: Incredibly poor customer service: everyone on staff has become an expert at passing the buck. If you have a problem, you will be passed from indifferent person to even more apathetic person for the first 30 minutes until finally ... read more
Atlantis Resort reviews
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa Reviews
lorikeet8 - Aug 15th, 2014

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel is pretty expensive but you are paying for the service, quality, and location. It is literally steps from Disneyland's California Adventure. The hotel has it's own entrance and it makes it so easy especially with ... read more
jkreps - May 18th, 2014

We decided to splurge and go to Disneyland for a birthday, and the title is what my child had to say as we walked in. I also had a baby at the time so with little kids in mind, this location cannot be beat. I never stressed about leaving anything ... read more
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Grand Wailea - A Waldorf Astoria Resort Reviews
jaymike310 - Jun 28th, 2012

This hotel was amazing!!! There were so many water slides and pools, and the beach was so clean and perfect that we debated that it was artificially created! The grounds of the resort were immaculate, and the chapel area where our room was located ... read more
HEFFNER - Nov 30th, 2011

I have been going to this hotel for 10 years in a row now, from the time I was 12. There has never been a dull moment. They provide plenty of supervised activities for kids 5 and up, and adults can go off on their own to do what they please. ... read more
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Great Wolf Lodge Wisconsin Dells Reviews
suziegirl - Jun 14th, 2014

The check in service was amazing, fast and professional. My 75 year old mother paid for the trip. My mother was able to go on the slides and play basketball in the pool, relax and have a great time. The children had a ball in pools and were able ... read more
Brelin - Jun 9th, 2014

The Great Wolf is awesome! The staff are very friendly and are like family! We go there all the time! We go a week each year and then weekend vacations throughout the year! My sister had her birthday party there in June of 2014! The staff are so ... read more
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