Local News

Circumnavigating Texas in a State-Shaped Lazy River

By  | 


The first-ever state-shaped lazy river was constructed for the Marriott Marquis in Houston, Texas which opened in December 2016, and its creating quite a buzz. Featured in a CNN Travel video, the lazy river is a splashy detail to the downtown Houston luxury hotel, which opened its doors just in time to host guests for Super Bowl 51.

Featuring an aerial view of this Texas-shaped water wonder, CNN Travel posted the video to their Facebook page, which has already had more than 12,000 views. The 1,000-room hotel in Houston’s downtown core also features a plethora of new meeting and event space, a rooftop infinity pool, and a special events pavilion. Aside from this amazing Lone Star State-shaped liquid lounging mechanism, vacationers can also enjoy a full-service spa and fitness center, a two-story sports bar, as well as two specialty restaurants.

The Marriott Marquis in downtown Houston broke ground in April of 2014 and finished with its final beam in place in September of 2015. The $370 million project nicely incorporates two things we love very much: lounging lazily in water on a hot Texas day, and anything state-shaped! Located 110 feet in the air, the lazy river can be found on the hotel’s amenity deck, allowing guests to enjoy all of Texas from the Panhandle to the Gulf, in 530 feet of liquid luxury. There’s even a point (somewhere around El Paso) on the river where it looks like it disappears off the edge of the hotel, where views of the park below can be had through an underwater window! Time to make that Texas-sized bucket list a little bigger to accommodate a Texas-shaped miracle such as this.


CNN Travel

Visit Houston Texas