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10 Best Indoor Hotel Pools for Families

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Even when the weather is frightful, indoor hotel pools provide a fabulous retreat from rain, wind, snow, and cold. It doesn't have to be winter, however, to enjoy these wonderful watery havens. No matter the time of year, your family will fall swimming cap over flip flops for these amazing hotel swimming pools and waterparks. Grab your bathing suit and dive into this list of the best indoor hotel pools for kids and adults of all ages.

Raptor Reef Indoor Waterpark at Triple Play Resort Hotel & Suites
Raptor Reef Indoor Waterpark at Triple Play Resort Hotel & Suites (Photo credit: Triple Play Resort)

1. Triple Play Resort Hotel & Suites

Hayden, Idaho

The water play structure at Triple Play Resort Hotel & Suites near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho will delight children for hours of play. Jessica Bowers of the Suitcases and Sippycups blog loves this hotel pool because, “Raptor Reef Indoor Waterpark is a 25,000-square-foot facility that features a wave pool and children’s lagoon with a two-story play structure complete with slides, water guns, and a tipping bucket. Guests can lean back and relax in the indoor/outdoor hot tub or ride one of the three amazing slides.”

An indoor tropical paradise at Grand Hyatt Beijing
An indoor tropical paradise at Grand Hyatt Beijing (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

2. Grand Hyatt Beijing

Beijing, China

After staying at Grand Hyatt Beijing and swimming in their stunning pool, I knew I had to add this tropical paradise to this list of the best indoor hotel pools for kids. Giant pillars, statues, waterfalls, and lush vegetation give this 1,500-square-foot swimming pool an enchanting feel. Swim laps, float about, or warm up in two whirlpool spas.

The Peninsula Chicago's indoor pool with a view of the Windy City
The Peninsula Chicago's indoor pool with a view of the Windy City (Photo credit: Peninsula Chicago)

3. The Peninsula Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

The Peninsula Chicago‘s coveted indoor pool offers stunning views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline through 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows. Named by Fodor's as one of the 10 great hotel pools for snow-day staycations, the Peninsula's pool is a popular and luxurious attraction for all ages.

Indoor-outdoor pool at Hotel Mont Cervin Palace in Zermatt, Switzerland
Indoor-outdoor pool at Hotel Mont Cervin Palace in Zermatt, Switzerland (Photo courtesy of Hotel Mont Cervin Palace)

4. Hotel Mont Cervin Palace

Zermatt, Switzerland

A memorable indoor-outdoor hotel pool is located at the Hotel Mont Cervin Palace in Zermatt, Switzerland, according to Ciao Bambino‘s Amie O'Shaughnessy. She said, “Many indoor pools are small, claustrophobic, and humid, but Mont Cervin's pool is glorious in a massive light-filled room with an extensive lounge zone and a dedicated toddler pool filled with toys. The main pool is part indoor and part outdoor; swimming in a snowstorm is something we'll never forget!

Atrium-style pool at Royal Sonesta Boston in Cambridge, Massachusetts
The atrium-style pool at Royal Sonesta Boston in Cambridge, Massachusetts (Photo credit: Grand Cascades Lodge)

5. Royal Sonesta Boston

Cambridge, Massachusetts

This gorgeous atrium-style swimming pool at Royal Sonesta Boston is one of the largest pools in the Boston and Cambridge areas. The pool offers three swimming lanes and a larger area for less strenuous pursuits. It also overlooks the seasonal sun deck. This pool is chemical chlorine-free and is sanitized using an Electrolytic System and salt — offering a higher level of cleanliness without the harsh effects of chemicals. That's great news for kids' sensitive skin.

Wild Waterdome indoor hotel waterpark at Wilderness at the Smokies Resort
Wild Waterdome at Wilderness at the Smokies Resort (Photo credit: Wilderness at the Smokies)

6. Wilderness at the Smokies Resort

Sevierville, Tennessee

The indoor Wild Waterdome at Wilderness at the Smokies Resort is kept at a comfy 86 degrees year-round. It features a wave pool, waterslides, and splash areas for children. The resort even offers indoor surfing. Grab a boogie board and catch a wave at this resort in Sevierville, Tennessee.

Indoor hotel pool at the Grand Cascades Lodge in Northern New Jersey
Tropical Biosphere Pool at the Grand Cascades Lodge in Northern New Jersey (Photo credit: Grand Cascades Lodge)

7. Grand Cascades Lodge

Hamburg, New Jersey

When you think of New Jersey, you probably don't picture a year-round tropical oasis. Think again. Located at the Grand Cascades Lodge, the Tropical Biosphere Pool is the first structure of its kind in the U.S. to incorporate advanced German foil-tech roofing material. This allows nearly 100 percent light transmission for year-round tanning. The Biosphere's freeform pools are surrounded by lush tropical landscaping. The pool complex includes a heated indoor freeform pool, incredible views of the surrounding mountains, a 140-foot water slide, a grotto-like Jacuzzi, a cave-themed steam room and sauna, and even an underground aquarium. Grand Cascades Lodge is located just 47 miles from Manhattan.

Junior Olympic indoor hotel pool at Chicago's historic InterContinental Hotel
Junior Olympic pool at Chicago's historic InterContinental Hotel (Photo credit: InterContinental)

8. InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile

Chicago, Illinois

While many of these pools are fun for splashing and playing, the junior Olympic pool at InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile is a true swimmer's pool. Located directly above the Grand Ballroom, the pool was considered an engineering feat when it was built in 1929 because it was above ground. It has had many famous visitors, including Olympic gold medalist/Tarzan star Johnny Weissmuller. If this pool's ornate architecture doesn't inspire you to swim off those extra vacation calories, then I don't know what will!

There's plenty for families to enjoy at the Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells
There's plenty for families to enjoy at the Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells (Photo credit: Great Wolf Lodge)

9. Great Wolf Lodge

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Dr. Jessie Voigts of Wandering Educators recommends the Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. She said, “There's an enormous wave pool, a plethora of slides, a lazy river, a hot tub, small kids' play areas, bigger kids' play areas, and a huge dumping water bucket. Great Wolf Lodge is very concerned with safety and has plenty of life jackets and attentive lifeguards on duty. It's a very friendly place, and very welcoming to families.”

The indoor pool on the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong
The indoor pool on the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong (Photo credit: Ritz-Carlton)

10. Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China

Located on the 118th floor of Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, this indoor pool provides outstanding views of the city below. According to Katie Dillon in her review on, “With LCD screens playing scenes of swaying palm trees and swimming fish on the wall as well as moving clouds on the ceiling, this pool is cool. Really cool. Hang out toward the window for panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and then some.”

The Octopool at the Pink Shell Resort and Marina
The Octopool at the Pink Shell Resort and Marina is one of the best hotel pools for kids in the USA (Photo courtesy of the Pink Shell Resort and Marina)

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About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin, MBA, is the founder and editor-in-chief of the popular travel blog, She is an expert in travel with kids and without. As the author of the book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents how to make the most of traveling with babies and children. Colleen loves sharing tips on hotels, cruises, spas, theme parks, and global lifestyle topics. When she is not traveling the world, she lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. I’m adding some of these to my bucket list!

  2. Lisa Goodmurphy says

    Wow – those are some incredible indoor pools – I’m not sure which one I want to check out the most! I think I’d enjoy the Peninsula pool with a view of Chicago but that indoor/outdoor pool in Zermatt looks quite tempting too!

  3. Lee @ says

    Yes, the Great Wolf Lodges have awesome indoor water parks that are great for the family. The water is always 84* and safe from the outdoor elements… whether that be rain, snow, or heat. My family went the first time in September in North Carolina, and we’re looking forward to planning the next visit! You can find deals through Living Social for Great Wolf pretty regularly to save additional money.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Great tip on using Living Social to save money on a Great Wolf Lodge stay. Thanks for the comment!

  4. The Lazy River pool sounds ideal! Fun for adults and kids!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Yashy – Agreed! I could go for a float down that river at Coco Key right about now!

  5. They all look dreamy, but I love the tranquil pools with city views best. My kids would love the play pools.

  6. Paula Schuck says

    The Raptor one!!! OMG I need to go there with my daughter. She would LOVE that.

  7. Holy moly! These aren’t pools, they’re little aquatic adventures! My family would love any of these

  8. Subhashish Roy says

    What a wonderful list. The pics are great giving a real life experience.Thanks for sharing.

  9. Funke Olotu says

    The Peninsula Chicago, Illinois is my favorite, omg. it looks so beautiful and i know i will have a great time there

  10. Paula Schuck says

    Reading this one again to remind myself where we still need to go. Love the Beijing Raptor theme still and frankly Great Wolf is always a hit. I keep reading about Zermatt and hearing about it too. One of my daughter’s friends is currently there actually doing a year of school. I’d love to visit and check Switzerland out any time.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      What a good excuse to Switzerland…as though anyone needs an excuse to visit that beautiful country! 🙂

  11. Sara Welch says

    I would have fun in these pools too! How fun; I didn’t know so many of these were out there!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Indoor hotel pools are such a great option for traveling families…especially when visiting a chilly destination!

  12. We have always wanted to do this!!! Sounds so fun

  13. Porsha Carr says

    We are currently looking into getting a pool for the summer and I can’t wait 🙂

  14. All of these looks like so much fun! Although, Raptor Reef Indoor Waterpark would be my first choice.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Raptor Reef does look amazing, doesn’t it?! It would definitely thrill any dinosaur-loving kid!

  15. These pools are amazing! Since my kids love to swim, it’s one of the things I have to have when we visit a hotel.

  16. Kristine Nicole Alessandra says

    Incredible! I know Great Wolf Lodge is always a fun place to be, but oh my goodness, I would love to experience the indoor pools at the Grand Hyatt Beijing, the Tropical Biosphere Pool at the Grand Cascades Lodge and that indoor pool on the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong!

  17. Annemarie LeBlanc says

    These are all awesome indoor pools! I wish I had known about that pool in Grand Hyatt Beijing. I went on a vacation in China last year and totally missed this. Ugh. Next time I will make sure I give myself a chance to experience that. And if our plans to visit Hong Kong Disneyland pushes through, I am also going to make sure we get to relax in that pool at the Ritz Carlton HK. Oh my goodness, I can only imagine how awesome the views would be!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      We are considering going to Hong Kong Disneyland next year, too! I am definitely going to look into the Ritz Carlton there if we do!

  18. Wow all of them look so good. I prefer indoor pools than outside .

  19. What a great and comprehensive list of indoor pools in absolutely beautiful locations. My daughter loves swimming in indoor pools. I haven’t been to any of these yet, but I’m adding to my travel list as I write this.

  20. Elizabeth O says

    All of these places and pools look pretty amazing. I would be hard pressed to choose just one.

  21. These are some amazing pools, my daughter would love them! We’ve been to Great Wolf Lodge several times and it’s always a hit. I love indoor pools because you don’t have to rely on the weather being nice.

  22. Some of these are wild! I can’t believe that one in Chicago.

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