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Escapes: California Dreamin’


Camping might not be your first thought when visiting Los Angeles, but The Hotel At The Los Angeles Athletic Club is putting a unique twist on pitching a tent. The hip hotel has transformed one of its nine luxury suites into an urban campsite. Guests get to experience a tented bed, along with kitschy camp decor including old leather saddles, animal throws, cowpoke art and a teepee. Campers will also be treated to gourmet s’mores, an L.A. hiking map, and a luxury survival kit (sparkling wine and trail mix). The Urban Camping package is available through Aug. 31 at a rate of $429 per night.


The Saguaro in Palm Springs has caught the Coachella bug. In honor of the annual music and arts festival, the hip and colorful hotel is sponsoring two weekends of musical performances from international DJs, artists and influencers like Sky Ferreira, Peanut Butter Wolf, Classixx and Henry Holland. Admisssion to The Saguaro Desert Weekenders is limited, but guests staying at the hotel will have guaranteed entry. Limited room reservations are still available for both Coachella weekends (April 12 to 14 and April 19 to 21). Rates start at $399.

included Mischa Barton, Ke$ha, Theophilus London, A-Trak and Pete Wentz, this year’s
poolside parties will feature special performances from international DJs, artists and
influencers like Sky Ferreira, Peanut Butter Wolf, Classixx and Henry Holland.
The Saguaro Desert Weekenders are by invitation only, but guests staying at The
Saguaro will have guaranteed admission. Limited room reservations are available for
both Coachella weekends at The Saguaro blog will also be going live
right in time for Coachella:
The Saguaro, located in the heart of the Coachella Valley, features an expansive pool
area, complete with a cabana bar, two whirlpools, and a bocce ball court. The three-story
hotel surrounds a colorful courtyard pool and houses 245 rooms many of which have
scenic mountain views or overlook the lively pool area. Iron Chef and James Beard
Award Winner Jose Garces runs The Saguaroʼs restaurants, which include tequila bar El
Jefe and wine and tapas spot Tinto..


It is easy to be green with W San Francisco’s Bloom package. Guests will be treated to two glasses of sustainable wine at the Living Room Bar; a welcome amenity including a California wildflower-seed bomb, W San Francisco’s housemade granola, and a large bottle of Fiji water; and automatic enrollment in Starwood’s Make a Green Choice program, which rewards guests for each day housekeeping service is declined with 500 Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints,  redeemable for future stays at any Starwood hotel. Reservations can be made online or by calling 877-822-0000. Information on the Bloom package and additional offers is available online.


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Troy Petenbrink is Metro Weekly's contributing writer for food and travel. He can be reached at

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