Thanks, dudes & gals!
I'm trying to figure out why these are a worthwhile thing. I mean staying at a nice resort is a lot cheaper and you've got room service and a minibar and you're not in a tent. I guess the advantages to the Safari tents are (1) at the end of the night you have someone drive you to your tent and (2) you get pretty great access. Is that it? have i missed anything?
Part of me would do this for the guest passes, but the other part is kind of like "$6500? Damn."
Yeah, It's priced a bit ridiculously.
I'm still having a hard time accepting that all that is worth $6500.
I'm sure if I had the opportunity to afford it I would see the value. But since I'm a cheapo, well, I don't.
I thought the $6500 was for 2 passes with the ability to purchase 2 more at $1500?
If so isnt the net for 4 people $9500 or $2375 /pp.
Is it 4 tickets for $6500? If so thats a steal.
No, it's 2 for $6500.
So we are planning to travel over next year from Ireland for our 3rd Coachella having done VIP in '11 & '12. In 2012 I found VIP to be totally crowded and clearly oversold - I remember having to Q for 10 mins to get in to the main stage VIP on the Sunday night to use the restrooms - We only bought it for the convenience of quick access to bar and toilets and it really didn't deliver at night. From what I've read lurking during my two gap years since my last visit - VIP seems to have got even worse....
So 4 of us are thinking of booking a safari this time round as two of us are celebrating "milestone" birthdays - as ThatGirl says when you add up hotel costs, VIP passes, shuttles, food, alcohol at the bar - safari doesn't seem too far a stretch for the additional access?
ThatGirl or anyone else that's been - can you answer a few questions?
1. Is access from the Thursday night or first thing Friday? If Friday how easy is it traffic wise to drive in?
2. Are they strict or lenient on the alcohol you can bring in?
3. Is side stage access now totally gone or do you get it during the day?
4. We consider ourselves to be pretty decent / level headed / friendly people - what's the general safari crowd like? Tell me it's not an even worse version of VIP?
5. Is the pool now gone?
6. Does the A/C work properly? ( we're Irish )
7. Is 4 in one tent a real crush? Are the pictures on the site an accurate view?
8. What's the lounge and bar facilities like?
Sorry if these have answered on another thread but if they were I couldn't find them and I know some of the perks have been reduced.
2) they never questioned the amount of food or booze we brought, and since you park right there you can leave to get more.
3) side stage is forever gone, which blows, but the guest viewing is decent.
4) Safari folks are there to have fun like everyone else but it's not crazy times the same as campgrounds. It's more laid back but everyone has a good time. It's not snobby or uppity.
5) the pool is gone as of this year, not sure it will come back.
6) the AC works. And they normally shut it off at night.
7) I've done 3 in a tent and it was ok. 4 would be squishy so be sure you like who you go with. I went with two friends I travel with all the time so we know how we travel together.
8) the lounge food, particularly breakfast is great. The lounge is relaxed and has it's own wifi. It's a cash bar but you have booze in the tent. I've never bought drink in there. They DJ in there til 2 so if you are close to the lounge tent it's noisy.
Thanks for taking the time - I think I'm in .....
My wife and I did Safari for weekend 1 this year, and we're both very glad we did. This is my 4th Coachella (my wife's 2nd). The things that made it worth the $$$ to us were:
-- Guest passes, which allowed us access to the artist/guest viewing areas (a BIG plus when arriving at a stage close to the start time) PLUS access to the artist compound PLUS ability to walk out to backstage area where we could walk to the other stages without fighting the crowds.
-- Golf cart shuttles -- Safari has their own shuttles and we could usually catch one within a couple of minutes anytime. They were very strict about ONLY picking up Safari people.
-- Air conditioned, BIG tents. Yeah, a hotel room would be nicer, but it wouldn't be closer to the grounds. The AC was a regular window unit, and we were able to run it at night if we wanted (we usually turned it off because it was cool enough at night). Plus it had a refrigerator which was very handy.
-- Very close to the grounds. A 3-minute shuttle ride and we were at the back of the Gobi stage. We stayed at La Quinta last year, and though it was nice, it was a LONG-ass walk from where the buses dropped us off to the main gates.
-- Minimal hassle. Once we were in Safari, no more searches. We could freely enter and leave the grounds without waiting in line for security or going through patdowns and all that stuff.
-- Breakfast and late-night snack provided. The quality wasn't super great (on par with a Marriott breakfast bar) but it sure tasted good at the end of a long day.
-- We had our own bathrooms and showers. There were 4 showers in each trailer, and I was usually the only one using it when I went.
-- BYOB -- I brought a bunch of beer, vodka, mixers, food -- no problem.
-- Safari parking lot was right next to our camping area. They hauled our stuff from the car to our tent via golf cart which was great. (And back to the car when we checked out.)
-- AWESOME Safari concierge staff. Great, helpful, upbeat attitudes. There to help anytime day or night.
On the down side...
-- It was a fucking tent. While it was a nice tent, a lot of dust blew in when we had our Saturday dust storm.
-- The free massage was cool, but the best times (before the bands started playing) were booked up instantly. I was happy to reserve an 11am massage for Friday morning, but that was it.
-- As I mentioned, the food wasn't THAT great. Oh, and the drinks in the lounge were super pricey ($14 for a bloody mary???)
-- $6,500 is a lot of $$$. We paid about $3,000 to stay at La Quinta last year.
It may not be worth it for everyone, but for us it was great.
Last edited by bizzwriter; 04-26-2014 at 06:30 PM.
Thanks for this - $6500 is a lot but last time round we were similar to you guys - had a $2.5K hotel bill plus $1500 on VIP passes plus $100 on shuttles and then on top of that money for booze and food in the grounds as no tent to go back to was at least a couple of hundred a day for the two of us.
With four of us - a safari is $4750 per couple - its a no brainer this time round as far as I'm concerned given the additional perks. Probably my only concern is 4 in one tent (although the four of us are really close friends and travel together a lot)
looking for 3 hot girls in their 20s to split a safari tent.
definitley considering splitting one this year. The last year I attended (2013) I spent 1K for a room for 4 nights in Palm Desert (which was nice, free hot breakfast and all) plust 50 for the shuttle 350 for the wristband and bunches for booze/beer/food. Just like those that posted above; celebrating a milestone bday this year. The only other fest I'm super interested in is Bestival in the UK and I'm not sure If I could swing that for the same cost as doing Coachella via Safari.