Drive out to San Dimas, Los Angeles, and you’ll find one of the largest water parks in California. This fun space, home to rides including Aqua Rocket and Dark Hole, is spread out over 50 acres (20ha). Open only during summer, there are plenty of great hotels providing easy access. Here are the best, all bookable with Culture Trip.
Along the freeway between the City of Industry and San Dimas is the well-regarded Best Western Plus Executive Inn. The location is ideal for a number of great family attractions, including Raging Waters, only 12 miles away. The earth-toned rooms are spacious and comfortable, there’s a shuttle service if you don’t have your own vehicle, and there’s even a swimming pool, in case you haven’t had enough of the water.
Close to the I-10 freeway, the Hartford Hotel feels fresh enough to be brand new. Wallpaper in the rooms features handwriting in various languages, reflecting the multilingual abilities of the staff, who collectively speak Mandarin and Spanish, in addition to English. Rooms with single beds have a night-light for the kids, in case they need help falling asleep after an adrenaline-packed day. A full American breakfast is served each morning as part of the room fee.
Only 5mi (8km) south of Raging Waters is La Quinta Inn, good-value accommodation with a pool area and sun terrace. A lilac-and-chocolate design is used throughout, with fine art photography of LA cityscapes adorning the walls. As with many roadside inns in California, a buffet breakfast, including bagels, juice and make-your-own waffles is included. But worry not, you can work it all off in the fitness center afterwards.
An inn with high standards near Raging Waters is the Hampton, in the West Covina region of Los Angeles. The generously sized hotel pool and fitness center mean you can extend your aquatic revelry beyond the water park, while rooms have comfortable beds and plenty of seating for added relaxation during the day. There’s a mini-fridge and free breakfast provided, although there are more than a dozen restaurants nearby.
Another top sight for families visiting Raging Waters is Fairplex, with its regular shows and county fairs. Sheraton Fairplex Hotel is perfectly placed to experience these events, and you can easily reach the water park, 5mi (8km) away. Rooms come with a king-sized bed or two queen beds, and all have a separate living space, which can be closed off for that little more calm.
Experience a good rest and some historic charm at the Comfort Inn Pomona, where the architecture pays homage to Native American and early Hispanic construction. Within the inn, a more modern blend of cream and pine is employed in the rooms, where you’ll find a refrigerator, coffee-maker and microwave to make it easier to self-cater. There’s also an exercise room.
Stay at this Holiday Inn outpost near Anaheim and enjoy views of the San Gabriel Mountains. Breakfast, which is included in the room fee, is served in a large dining space with a bar at its center, owing to the fact that meals and drinks can be bought here throughout the day. The heated outdoor pool is open until 10pm and the fitness center stays open 24 hours a day.
Your LA vacation doesn’t have to begin and end at the water park. While you’re in town, make sure you enjoy the best outdoor activities and best day trips available, before dining at some of the finest restaurants around. There are also plenty of other great stays in the City of Angels – see the best hotels with pools and the best family-friendly hotels, and book your stay on Culture Trip now.
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