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Yes, It's Time to Book Your Hotel Room for Coachella

January 11, 2012 at 12:35 PM | by | ()

Are these people so happy they have a hotel room to return to once the concert ends?

While the festival passes for the 2012 Coachella Music Festival don't go on sale until Friday, there is no doubt that if you want to attend, then you better start making your travel plans now.

Jaunted reports that flights to Palm Springs are still open and still, for the most part, doable averaging about high $300s for cross-country flights (the Virgin America flight from JFK to PSP at $709.20 excluded.) But after you've got your flight down, you need to start looking for a place to sleep. Unless you're cool with camping it or AirBnB-ing it. Which we are not.

This year, Coachella has decided to split the festival up into two weekends--April 13-15 and April 20-22 which means your chances of actually getting a ticket and a hotel room are a lot better. Jaunted has already noted that the first weekend of the festival is the more expensive one when it comes to airline prices. Does the same hold true for hotel rooms? Let's see.

Right now, the not-yet-open Sagauro Palm Springs (one of 5 hotels we're excited to see open this year) has rooms for just $172 a night over April 13-15.

The Hilton Palm Springs is charging $355 while Hotel ZoZo is asking $459. Don't even think about the Westin Mission Hills at $600 a night. After all, that doesn't include internet (and you might even get a dirty room.) On the bright side, there are a slew of budget hotels and motels like Best Westerns and Days Inns ranging from $150 to $200 a night.

For Coachella's second weekend, the Saguaro is the same rate as is the Hilton and ZoZo while the Westin comes down to $329 and JW Marriott Desert Springs pops up at $459 a night. Naturally, the hipster party haven that is the Ace Hotel Palm Springs is sold-out both weekends. Same for the Parker Palm Springs and the Viceroy.

Over on Kiwi Collection, we did see rooms at the Riviera Resort and Spa open for $449 a night for the first weekend of Coachella. And if you book the room using a Visa premium credit card, you will get the following perks: automatic upgrade if available, complimentary continental breakfast, 3pm check-out if available, VIP guest status, $25 food or beverage voucher, complimentary internet or valet parking.

In short, we think you should book the Saguaro which will give you substance and style at a great rate but if you want a little more luxury, go for the Riviera and the Kiwi perks.

[Photo: Coachella/Facebook]

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