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27 Of Coachella Valley's Hottest Stays For Festival Season

Festival season is upon us in Southern California! With Coachella (April 14 – 23) and Stagecoach (April 28 – 30), desert life gets kicked up a notch—and it was already a blast to begin with. But this year, instead of camping/baking without air conditioning and living off supremely overpriced festival snacks, transform your festivities into a whole new experience. Rent a quaint villa or reserve a hip hotel room and treat your stomach and liver to all that Palm Springs has to offer. There’s a cool place to stay for every traveler’s style and budget. You just better score your perfect festival headquarters before someone else does.

By: Jake Kilroy | Venue: The West Elm House
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The Junipero

What do you get when you blend Mediterranean architecture, Moroccan lifestyle, and Palm Springs artistry? This beautifully renovated six-bedroom compound. Breezily tucked in a quiet neighborhood, this private oasis of lush vegetation and citrus trees is pretty much a sanctuary after your wild, busy day.
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The West Elm House

Palm Springs, California
Reimagined by West Elm, this home feels like a small-scale family-run resort, honestly. Plus, there's a huge concept pool that includes disco lights, surface jets and a waterfall, along with a tanning shelf and integrated spa. It's serious retro class and totally glorious.
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The Fishbowl

Palm Springs, California
This estate couldn't be more Palm Springs if it tried. It’s minimalist class inside and old school backyard paradise outside. Lounge, swim, nap, laugh, and toast to the good life at this charming oasis.
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Ace Hotel & Swim Club

Once upon a time, a mid-century Westward Ho and Denny's went under, dying out with the glorious era of road trips. Now, the happily ever after is just getting started, as it’s been magically transformed into this insanely cool and wildly popular haven of fun. Every type of traveler, from city-lifer to gypsy queen, makes to this radical hotel for pool parties, campfire chats, and King's Highway catering.
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Twin Palms Frank Sinatra Estate

Be the coolest cats in Palm Springs by crashing at Frank Sinatra's cinematic mid-century pad. The estate's a sweet mix of old school and contemporary style and luxury. Plus, what’s a more perfect stay for a music festival than the former retreat of one of the 20th Century’s most beloved singers?
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The Joshua Tree House

When you're not singing and dancing to your favorite festival acts, you can be here at this artistic paradise. A cozy 1940s hacienda like this will serve you well, since you can hike, climb, and stargaze properly in Joshua Tree. And with only two bedrooms, it’d be best to hit up your closest and dearest for such a best-kept secret.
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Korakia

Man, this 28-room Moroccan-inspired hideout is keen if you've spent your all your energy at the festival. Here, you can return to your home-away-from-home for mint tea while watching a classic film beneath the starry night sky. Seriously, what's more rejuvenating than lounging amid citrus blossoms, olive trees, oleander bushes, date palms, bougainvillea vines, and a stone waterfall?
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PS Art House

Palm Springs, California
Originally designed by William Krisel, this meticulously restored masterwork of glass walls and sleek minimalist architecture is simultaneously classic and modern. Four bedrooms likely means lower-key festivities after the festival, but it's got a whole lot of room for goofing off at this home away from home.
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Atomic Ranch Heaven

Palm Springs, California
This home's backyard is just cool. That’s all there is to it. Three bedrooms keep it a cozy abode, but you have more than enough room and things to do out back. Keen desert architecture blends well with stylish landscaping, ultimately making the patio, pool, spa, and fire pit the inevitable hangout spot.
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Avalon Hotel and Bungalows

In the heart of downtown, this historic gem practically glows with its vibrant greenery in the desert. It's a string of 13 private bungalows and it vibes like a Beverly Hills secret. Channel the iconic golden age of Palm Springs and either end up at local hot spots or wind down behind this paradise’s gardens and walls.
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V Palm Springs

Palm Springs, California
It's hard to find a hotel cooler than this joint. The vibe is somehow upscale yet totally loungy. The rooms are filled with custom beds, bespoke vanities, and boutique bath products. Meanwhile, there's a pretty serious pool area, complete with bar, grill, fire pit, and large jacuzzi.
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The Amado

Mellow, modern, and minimalist, this sneaky mid-century mainstay features a clean, cohesive design with custom-made furniture. It’s downright ideal for group getaways—hint, hint—so round up your favorite festival folk and crash at this intimate hideaway!
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The Saguaro

A lively, colorful desert oasis such as this is ready to take care of you and your crew in a big way. The retro-chic hotel organizes weekly entertainment and epic parties at its Olympic-size pool, which serves up killer cocktails at the bar. Plus, there’s Taco Tuesdays and yoga to be had!
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The Harlow House

Palm Springs, California
Step onto custom Italian tile floors beneath high ceilings at this beautiful U-shaped home. Hang around the pool in the private backyard with its palm trees and citrus trees. Most importantly, stay awhile.
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Big Boy Estate

Palm Springs, California
This historic mid-century home wholly earned its namesake. Built by Bob Wian—as in the founder of Bob's Big Boy Restaurants—this downtown oasis keeps six bedrooms and a sprawling outdoor area, complete with pool, spa, fire pit, and putting green. You could probably host the barbecue of the year here.
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Desert Skypad

Palm Springs, California
Chill out in style at this quaint yet luxurious mid-century rental. Four bedrooms and more than enough space for fun-having crew awaits. Good times and great memories don’t have to end at the festival.
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Colony Palms Hotel

See how Old Hollywood's glory days stay wild in the desert at this outpost of modern boho chic. Reopened after renovations, this four-star hotel quaintly stretches out on three acres of lawns, gardens, courtyards, and a killer restaurant known as the Purple Palm. Tidbit: The hotel was originally built and opened in 1936 by mobster Al Wertheimer.
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The Lautner Compound

If you're on the prowl for a unique stay between festival days, this curious and varied desert hideaway is it for sure. Designed in the 1940s by notable architect John Lautner, it’s a colorful, comfortable, and casual life at this spirited wood, steel, and concrete oasis. It’s like no other stay.
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Cascades Retreat

Palm Springs, California
Designed in the late 1950s by famous desert architect Donald Wexler, this custom home is a relic from a local golden age. Its open layout makes the pad ideal for big groups, though you'll need air mattresses and couch sleepers given only three (generous) bedrooms. It’s ready for lazy days and wild post-festival nights.
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The Wheelhouse

After a long day of tunes and crowds, settle into this folksy home away from home. It's nothing but peace, quiet, and majestic mountain views. Formerly owned by beloved Californian celebrity Huell Howser, this ranch-style mid-century retreat is set on 80 acres near Joshua Tree National Park. With three bedrooms and plenty of space, it’s up to you how many people crash with you.
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Colony 29

Six free-standing homes grace this seven-acre estate, and it’s totally up to you if you just want part of the escape or aim to take over the entire grounds. Thanks to its tranquil locale, iconic architecture, and panoramic views, this was once called the “last best place in Palm Springs.”
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Sand Acre Estate

Rumored to once be a hot spot for Marilyn Monroe, this secluded and stately escape is as cool as it is classy. It’s got Spanish wooden gates, lush fruit trees, a cobblestone courtyard, a grand lawn, and a tennis court. This retreat is ideal for lounging with stunning views of the rugged San Jacinto Mountains.
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Stargazing Desert Retreat

Okay, this home away from home is definitely for the Stagecoach crowd. The 19-acre property overlooks 25,000 acres of land preserve and features the Remington statue of "The Cowboy." Is there additionally a windmill, saloon, caboose, church, teepee, and some horse corrals? Absolutely. Oh, and there's also a western movie set down with a hotel facade, barber shop, jail, and general store, so...get ready for the time of your life.
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ARRIVE

Hot damn, this 32-room boutique hotel greets travelers as warmly as the SoCal sun. It's also a beloved spot for locals, with its coffee shop, ice cream parlor, and chic restaurant. The spread and setup is a free-spirited scene, with clerestory windows, butterfly roofs, and a natural palette of rusted steel, wood, and concrete.
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The Merv Griffin Estate

Right in the heart of the Coachella Valley, this epic 39-acre estate will blow you away. There's a gigantic lawn, an infinity pool, a spa, a bocce ball court, equestrian racetracks, and a 2.5-acre pond. Meanwhile, Merv Griffin's former home keeps ten bedrooms, so you and your band of music lovers should have no problem filling it up for unforgettable fun.
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The Acacia House

Palm Springs, California
A lovely little spot like this doesn't take much to feel like home. Cozy and comfortable, these minimalist digs—plus a backyard  swimming pool—give any and all guests the impression they’re locals from the get-go.
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Chateau at Lake La Quinta

Round up four dozen of your favorite people on the planet, hit the festival of your choosing, and then crash here at night (or for a few days afterward). With panoramic lakefront views, this European chateau-inspired retreat is unreal to behold. It has epic rolling lawns and a golf course; plus, there's horseback riding, boating, and hiking nearby.
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