10 Top-Notch Hotels for Your Desert Trip Stay
Written by: Jeannette Swanson Desert Trip
Desert Trip is fast approaching with weekend one happening Oct. 7-9 and weekend two going down Oct. 14-16. With at least 65, 000 people expected to attend per day, rooms in the Coachella Valley are going just about as fast as Desert Trip tickets. While some attendees will be camping or renting rooms from private residences, this list is for festival-goers who appreciate convenient lodging with plenty of perks, luxury and amenities. Follow our crumbs and learn some of the most important details of some of our favorite hotels in the Coachella Valley.
Make Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa your Desert Trip destination. Before experiencing the musical performances of a lifetime, enjoy a Jazz Brunch at bluEmber Restaurant with live music, bloody Mary’s and mimosas! Pamper yourself with mini-treatments from Spa Las Palmas or indulge in a seasonal spa treatment. With a lazy river and adult pool, rejuvenating and relaxing at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa is the perfect destination during your trip.
41000 Bob Hope Dr
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Just five miles from the Empire Polo Club, the Chateau at Lake La Quinta is the only lakefront hotel in the Coachella Valley. This small, intimate property has 24 private suites and villas, all with beautiful lake views. Guests may relax on the property’s rolling lawn overlooking Lake La Quinta before enjoying a dinner on the lakeview dining terrace or they may opt for the sunset happy hour from 2-6 p.m., Sunday-Thursday. Even guests not staying at the hotel can stop in for a meal at the Chateau’s Mélange restaurant, an open-air restaurant that boasts the only waterfront dining destination in the Coachella Valley.
Chateau at Lake La Quinta
78120 Caleo Bay Dr
La Quinta, CA 92253
A dose of madness will be experienced at the Empire Polo Club, but you’ll be in the lap of luxury upon your return to the JW Marriott in Palm Desert. Being amid a slice of luxury in Palm Desert doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice fun. At the Oasis Poolside Bar & Grille, you’ll still get service even if you aren’t clad in shirts and shoes. Guests are welcome to rehydrate under the cooling water misters while sipping on a tropical adult beverage. While that’s ideal after a jaunt at Desert Trip, the on-site Starbucks will provide a jolt of caffeine before heading to the grounds for another day. For the ideal festival detox, guests can book the Midweek Mindfulness package and can rejuvenate with access to the Spa at Desert Springs, de-stress with a complimentary month-long subscription to the Calm app, and relax with a mindfulness coloring book.
With five pools, six restaurants and lakeway gondolas, the JW Marriott is a fine option for the 2016 festivities.
74-855 Country Club Dr
Palm Desert, CA 92260
This is the place to be for festival-goers who don’t want the party to end once they return to their lodging. This Indio landmark offers live entertainment, casino gaming and a 103-foot swimming pool. The 21 and older crowd will relish in their stay and might grow glum thinking of their departure from the property that features eight dining options and three cocktail bars. With many promotions here to make for an all-inclusive stay, this is a fantastic option for those who party hard.
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
84-245 Indio Springs Pkwy
Indio, CA 92203
Admirers of old Hollywood glamour will surely want to stay at the property that was once owned by Gene Autry and Merv Griffin. California’s first Holiday Inn received a $27 million renovation in 2004, adding 13 acres to this chic hotel. The hotel that attracts a new era of A-list celebrities will no doubt attract guests who appreciate exclusivity and the privacy afforded by its surrounding white walls. More perks include the Gene Autry adults-only pool that operates 24 hours, an indoor whirlpool and a wide array of spa packages.
4200 East Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92264
The Ace Hotel offers guests a taste of desert history with an establishment that transformed from the Westward Ho with a Denny’s to a 100 plus room hotel that’s been featured in many media photoshoots. The rooms here are eclectic and there’s a really cool white and red vintage trailer out by their pool. The personality here is bold without being overwhelming and this just might be the right pick for those wanting a true desert experience. For those looking for festivities off of the polo field, there is a Full Moon Party on October 15, and live music at the hotel both weekends of Desert Trip.
701 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92264
The Doubletree Palm Springs offers a location that’s close enough to the hustle and bustle of downtown Palm Springs, but packaged in a way that makes for a relaxing experience after time spent among the masses. Savor a convenient breakfast of eggs benedict, yogurt or a variety of breakfast skillets at Polanco Kitchen before hours spent in the sun. Decide if you’d like to lounge or take a dip in the resort’s Olympic-sized pool before or after a day of shows. Come back for cocktails at Mica Bar where guests are encouraged to gaze out the floor to ceiling windows at the picturesque San Jacinto Mountains. Don’t forget to treat your sore muscles or dehydrated skin with a massage and facial from the on-site spa.
67967 Vista Chino
Cathedral City, CA 92234
In the morning, fuel up for the day with a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast at the Embassy Suites La Quinta. All rooms feature two-room suites, an ideal design for designating one space for rest and the other for getting Coachella ready. Located directly across from Old Town La Quinta, hotel guests are in a prime location to sample some of the city’s most visited restaurant. If you’d rather not stray from the hotel grounds for a meal, you’ll be pleased with the Mediterranean influenced bites offered at the Terra Bistro Bar. For an added dose of convenience, a $10 shuttle each way will usher festival goers to and from the grounds.
5077 Santa Rosa Plz
La Quinta, CA 92253
Leave your bags at La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria resort. The hotel’s recent multi million-dollar restoration infuses Spanish-style architecture into each room, makes for a true desert getaway. As a hotel guest, you can choose to relax in one of the location’s 41 pools, a smart option after rubbing elbows with over 80, 000 people. Beyond stylish rooms and an ocean of pools, the La Quinta Resort & Club features seven restaurants, a golf course with five championship courses and fitness classes.
50777 Santa Rosa Plz
La Quinta, CA 92253
After rocking your heart out in the desert all day, you can retreat to the oasis of Miramonte Resort & Spa. Unwind by one of their many refreshing pools, including their adult only Eden—Piedmont Pool. Opt for a relaxing massage or facial to rejuvenate throughout the weekend at the Well Spa. With an abundance of gorgeous guest rooms, stunning suites, villas and cabanas, you’ll be thrilled to know that the Miramonte Resort & Spa is no mirage
45000 Indian Wells Ln
Indian Wells, CA 92210