There are a multitude of reasons to go to — and to avoid — Coachella. On the positive end of the spectrum, the lineup this year boasts a strong and eclectic group headlined by the likes of Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, Ariana Grande, Anderson .Paak, Janelle Monáe, Virgil Abloh, Juice WRLD, Solange, Kid Cudi, Aphex Twin, Blood Orange, Pusha-T, Gucci Gang, Sheck Wes, Jaden Smith, and 070 Shake. On the negative side, the festival always feels like it’s bordering on chaos due to a number of factors not limited to drugs, alcohol, the weather, and that one friend who you really hate who ends up being your roommate for the weekend.

The latter point speaks to the importance of where you stay during Coachella weekend. Sure, a lot of time will be spent at the venue itself, but you shouldn’t underestimate the value of a good basecamp. At the end of the day, Coachella is what you make of it, and if you so choose, you can have yourself a relaxing getaway with just a splash of festival debauchery.

Here are our Coachella accommodation picks.

Ace Hotel & Swim Club

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Where: Palm Spring

The Act Hotel & Swim Club is a no-brainer when it comes to Coachella weekend. The room features amenities like a patio and fireplace, but the real charm comes in the communal spaces in the form of vintage record players, photo booths, a pool, and a roadside diner that used to be a 24-hour Denny’s.

La Joya Moderna

Acme / Airbnb

Where: Palm Springs

Renter beware, La Joya Moderna is the type of rental where the place is so charming and cool, you might be tempted to avoid the Coachella shenanigans all together. Located on Millionaire’s Row in Vista Las Palmas – less than a mile from the world famous Palm Canyon Drive — the open concept structure that was first built in 1959 is bathing in natural light, and surrounded by mountain views.

Adobe de Athena

Chris / Airbnb

Where: La Quinta

When it comes to attending a festival, an Airbnb is usually a better option than a hotel because it allows for much more of a communal vibe. In this case, the Santa Fe-style home features three bedrooms, two baths, a pool, private courtyard with a fountain, and a BBQ grill. Only nine miles from Coachella, you’re in the mix without having to deal with feather headdress-clad women falling down drunk in the driveway.

Chateau at Lake La Quinta

Where: La Quinta

Although we’ve just made the case for the benefits of an Airbnb, some people prefer the infrastructure and reliability that a hotel provides. In this case, the Chateau at Lake La Quinta is boutique establishment with a range of different rooming options. We personally dig the the Lakeside Bungalows which have private entrances, fireplace, and lakefront patio.

Terra Glamping

Where: Coachella Valley

Maybe you’re the type of person who doesn’t dig both the Airbnb or hotel experience. Terra Glamping offers an alternative; 13’x16′ Nomad tents that are big enough to fit a queen-sized mattress. But this isn’t your typical camping experience where you live on Cliff Bars and do your business in a hole. Rather, there is an additional lounge tent stocked with board games, couches, and bookshelves, a bathroom/shower trailer, and sunrise yoga. Think of Terra Glamping as camping without everything you hate about camping.

Five Star Rating

Airbnb / Superhost Megan

Where: La Quinta

This recently remodeled, three bedroom, two bath house is the type of place you probably think about in your head when you imagine getting an Airbnb for Coachella. It isn’t over-the-top in any way, but it comfortably sleeps eight people — boasting a master bedroom that leads out to a pool surrounded by palm trees.

ARRIVE Palm Springs

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Where: Palm Springs

ARRIVE Palm Springs made a strategic choice when it came to the food that it offered. Abandoning any micro trends in favor of an on site Wexler’s Deli — a staple from Los Angeles all about Jewish comfort food like smoked corned beef, pastrami, and fresh bagels — it solidifies that the dining experience is unmatched. There are two rooming options; the studio + patio has charming amenities like a Modfire fireplace and your own personal citrus tree, while the studio contains a king-sized bed and Malin & Goetz bath products.

Nestled in the Cove

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Where: Rancho Mirage

Originally built in 1963, the current home owners honored the design of the original architect when updating this 2,000 square feet home with newer twists like vintage Kelvinator and St. Charles cabinets matched with retro Mid-century boomerang countertops. The open floor plan is inviting for a party of up to six guests — complete with amenities that are more of a necessity than a luxury in the desert like a pool and plenty of privacy.

The Sweet Tart House

Where: Cathedral City

Ten minutes from Downtown Palm Springs, The Sweet Tart House channels similar mid-century modern vibes as other Airbnb’s on this list. What’s perhaps unique about this place is that the owner acknowledges that renters may be using the place for purposes beyond cracking open a book and indulging in a single glass of wine. That isn’t to say it’s a party house, but certain liberties can probably be taken given the listing which states, “our home is fully equipped for any occasion you had in mind.”

The Blue Oasis

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Where: Rancho Mirage

The Blue Oasis has all the amenities one would expect to make your stay comfortable. But the real charm may be in the fact that you don’t really need to spend that much time inside thanks to an outdoor kitchen, outdoor shower, new pool, spa, and fire pit. As an added touch, the home owners also have a vintage, 1950’s record collection harkening back to the era when the house was first built.

The Saguaro Palm Springs

Where: Palm Springs

The Saguaro Palm Springs is willingly to enhance your Coachella experience with its Prescription Pool Party which occurs on the same Saturday as the festival. As for the amenities, it touts both pool and ocean views — with rooms all equipped with 50-inch TV’s, private balcony/patio, handcrafted Mexican furniture, and organic bath products and linens.

Words by Alec Banks
Features Editor

Alec Banks is a Los Angeles-based long-form writer with over a decade of experience covering fashion, music, sports, and culture.

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