Making Waves

New Houston hotel with Texas-shaped river makes a splash with one of the nation's best pools

Houston hotel makes a splash with one of the nation's best pools

Marriott Marquis Texas-shaped pool
The "lazy river" pool shaped like the state of Texas the new Marriott Marquis hotel is one of the nation's best. Photo courtesy of Marriott Marquis Houston

Want to lounge by a really cool hotel pool in Texas? It turns out you’ve got not one, but two cool choices in the Lone Star State. Travel website Skyscanner says the pools at the Marriott Marquis Houston and JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa and are among the 10 best hotel pools in the U.S.

Skyscanner says the Marriott Marquis’ rooftop pool — a “lazy river” shaped liked Texas — “has instantly become the new hot place for local Instagrammers.” The website notes that you might need a drone to capture the perfect shot of the pool, “but it’ll be worth it.”

“Now, if the lazy river doesn’t do it for you, there’s also the heated infinity pool that overlooks Houston’s Discovery Green Park,” Skyscanner says. The Marriott Marquis made a splash when it served as the home for NFL owners and Commissioner Roger Goodell at Super Bowl LI in February. The hotel staged a glitzy official grand opening last month.

The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa made the list thanks to its private 9-acre water park, complete with five waterslides, a 1,100-foot lazy river, private cabanas, beach-entry swimming pool, children’s pool with its own mini-water park, and an adults-only infinity pool overlooking the Hill Country.

“When it comes to San Antonio water parks, the River Bluff Water Experience offers the ultimate in outdoor fun and relaxation,” the Marriott hotel chain says.