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Coachella is California’s biggest music and arts festival and this year promises to be better than ever! First held in 1999, the infamous festival is spread over two weekends, April 10th – 12th & April 17th – 19th, and is held at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California.
The event is known for its hippy vibe and attracts huge names from the music world including the likes of Snoop Dogg, OutKast, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jay-Z and even the world’s first hologram performance of deceased rap legend, Tupac Shakur. Headlining this year’s festival will be rock legends AC/DC, Jack White and superstar rapper Drake.
As well as listening to great music all weekend long, Coachella is host to some really fun activities from snowball fights to limbo competitions. There’s a dodgeball contest, rock paper scissors championship, bad dancing competition, pie eating contest and many more to take part in! Coachella has everything you could possibly need including helpful amenities such as mobile phone charging centres and laundry services. There’s even restaurants, bars and shops on site if you want to take a break from the music.
Here’s the lowdown on where to stay and what to do while at Coachella, from hotels and camping options to exploring Los Angeles.
Where To Stay
Colony Palms Hotel: Celebrating its opening in 1936, Palm Springs’ Colony Palms Hotel was a haven for old Hollywood and the international jet set.
The Parker Palm Springs: The Parker Palm Springs is a regular haunt for Hollywood A-listers from Jennifer Aniston to Madonna and is one of the finest hotel’s in LA.
Viceroy Palm Springs: Since its origins in the 1930s, Viceroy Palm Springs has defined the ultimate downtown Palm Springs spa resort experience.
Ace Hotel: The two-storey 1960’s Ace Hotel has been brought back to life and is one of the most stylish and elegant hotels in the state.
For those looking to get into the true festival experience, both on-site and off-site camping options are available. The most popular venue is the lush grass of the nearby polo fields adjacent to the festival performance area. Thousands of festival goers park their cars, set up camp and continue the partying well into the night. There are free showers and toilets available and also an internet café so you can upload your selfies with celebrities.
For a slightly more peaceful camping experience, head to Lake Eldorado with 2 or 4 person teepee’s situated around the pristine lake. Here you can enjoy the flair of Coachella while sleeping in your own private camping community. Guests staying in this area also benefit from a 24 hour concierge service who can provide you with food and drink throughout the night.
For the most exclusive and comfortable glamping experience, Safari Tents are the perfect choice for those looking for a luxurious overnight stay close to the action. The fully furnished shakir style tents come with air conditioning, private toilet and showers and even golf cart shuttles to and from the stages! The rates are expensive, but with massage and concierge services available, you’ll feel like a VIP at one of the hottest music festivals in the world.
If you are looking to stay around Los Angeles after the partying and hangovers subside, there is so much to explore. We recommend staying for a few extra days to enjoy some of the sights of one of the coolest places in USA.
Hollywood is packed full of exciting things to do and see, some of which is under your very feet! Take a walk down the Walk of Fame and spot your favourite celebrities star from P Diddy to Barbara Streisand, leading you right outside the Dolby Theatre where the Oscars are regularly held.
After a day’s shopping at designer stores on Rodeo Drive, put your feet up and be escorted around Bel Air and the Hollywood Hills to the premium addresses in LA on a Celebrity Houses Sightseeing Tour. Regardless of your age, a trip to LA wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the fun filled Universal Studios. Here you can take a ride on exhibiting roller coasters and 4-D rides designed to leave you wanting for more.
For those looking to experience the real LA, rent a bike or take a stroll around Venice Beach and its canals where you’ll find quirky shopping outlets, trendy bars and body builders working out at Muscle Beach. Lunch at the The Ivy is an LA must-do. The popular celebrity hangout has a chic vibe and is a great place to grab a bite to eat and spot an A-lister or two. If you venture downtown, you’ll find a host of vintage shops to cater to all tastes before taking a well deserved snooze in Grand Park.
Where To Stay
Mr. C Beverly Hills: Mr. C Beverly Hills hotel is 15 minutes’ walk from Rodeo Drive Shopping District. The hotel offers views of Los Angeles, spacious rooms and an on-site lounge.
The LINE Hotel: The LINE Hotel is a trendy place to stay in LA’s Koreatown with two Roy Choi restaurants, a pool deck and design shop.
SLS Hotel: SLS Hotel is located in Los Angeles is set close to some of the city’s major attractions including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and La Brea Tar Pits.
The London: The London is a boutique Hollywood hotel boasting an outdoor rooftop pool with cabanas and two Gordon Ramsay signature restaurants.
Los Angeles is famous for its beautiful people and beautiful weather and the Coachella festival is a fantastic way to enjoy both. The crowd are friendly bohemians who are only there to enjoy great music, make friends and most of all have fun!