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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.
You spent all of your time trying to score the coveted tickets to see Kanye, the Strokes, Arcade Fire and Kings of Leon rock the stage at Coachella. It took up so much of your energy that you totally forgot to book a hotel. Oops.
It's really late to get a room; most places have sold out, even budget options like La Quinta. So you'll have to pay for your tardiness. Here are some last-minute options for you music fans. Book 'em now or risk spending the festival camping out in your car.
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Here's some more hotel fashion you might want to buy. The Ace Hotel Palm Springs has partnered up with the popular Brazilian flip-flops brand, Havianas, to create a limited-edition Ace Hotel set which will be sold out of the hotel's in-room mini-bars. Oooo. Hipsters love easy access!
Here's how the hotel describes bringing a little bit of Brazil to the hipsters in the desert...and just in time for Coachella too!
The design of the Ace Hotel & Swim Club Palm Springs limited edition flip-flops and packaging was inspired by simplicity and a return to the classics. The white rubber sandal with black strap pays homage to the original Havaianas design from 1962.
Each pair features a pin modeled after the hotel’s signature coyote mascot that was custom designed by Ace Hotel & Swim Club Palm Springs for hotel guests and visitors. The sandals are made from Havaianas’ ultra-high quality, top-secret rubber recipe that makes the flip-flops as soft as marshmallows.
Aw, did you miss out on Coachella? Or maybe you did make it out to the middle of nowhere for the music festival, but found yourself stuck in a less trendy hotel than the Ace Hotel & Swim Club. Either way, we've got the scoop on what went down over last weekend at Ace Hotels' Palm Springs property: a pop-up shop, ping pong and poolside music, of course.
Partnering with Levi's to transform a space at the Ace into a "Desert Gold" boutique, which featured limited edition Ace x Levi's T-shirts as well as Coachella must-haves like turquoise skinny jeans and vinyl records, the hotel became a hotspot for hipsterdom. As if this weren't enough, they livened up the pool area by hosting live bands and revealing the new Sonic Youth album, "The Eternal," on Saturday, all the while serving up booze sno-cones and special "morning cocktails."
It's only April, but the season of outdoor music festivals will kick off next weekend with Coachella, taking place outside of Palm Springs in an area which arguably endures summer all year long. If you're planning on driving out to the middle of nowhere to party amongst the people, hopefully you've already got your lodging figured out.
If last-minute is your style, however, we'll save you from having to crash in a van like the one above by listing what we think are the Five Best Hotels for Coachella, in order of proximity to the center of the action.
Speaking of Palm Springs, Coachella takes place this weekend, starting on Thursday April 24. The hipstery music festival features a wide-range of musical acts from famous bands to underground faves and even some celeb stints (See: ScarJo Sings!).
The gig brings out a ton of people from all over the West Coast and beyond, who pretty much camp out for the entire weekend thus making traffic, parking, will-call, drinking, public displays of air-guitar skills and the like pretty freakin' messy.
Oh yeah, and hotel rooms, motel rooms and campsites book up fast.
This year, Coachella decided to unveil their own On-Site Lodging which is described as "Luxury Site Accommodations."
This new exclusive lodging area will include Breakfast (served 7am - 11am - menu will be posted at a later date), limited capacity, restrooms & showers, general store, food vendors, roaming food and ICE vendors, free private parking lot, drop off area, cell phone charging stations, added security, ATMs, recycling tent (bottles, camping gear) Outdoor chairs, shade tents and outdoor lighting, local newspapers, shuttles and more! (Massage Therapist for extra fee).
The beds are air mattresses and sleeping bags (which will be donated to the homeless after you use them) and are promised to be of the best quality.
But the shizz is expensive. A two-person tent with two onsite-camping tickets is going for $700. A four-person tent bumps up to $1,400. And the six-person tent is selling for $2,100. However, each ticket is good for the entire weekend.
LAist doesn't think it's all that more special than the regular campsites although the ATM is a big plus. And if you were interested in staying in hotels, a quick look at Expedia shows hotel rates are jacked up with motels even starting in at around $200 a night. These on-site tents might be the better way to go.