Skip Descant of The Desert Sun writes that news of the three-day Desert Trip mega-concert in October had hotels scrambling Tuesday as rooms sold out and rates soared; all of this before tickets even become available for purchase. Desert Trip will bring music legends The Who, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and Bob Dylan to the Empire Polo Club in Indio for an unprecedented three-day music festival Oct. 7-9. Tickets go on sale Monday. 

A review of top-line hotels like the Parker Palm Springs, La Quinta Club & Resort and Colony Palms in Palm Springs on Tuesday morning showed “no rooms available” for the three-day weekend. Even mid-range properties such as Doubletree by Hilton in Cathedral City posted a sold-out status. Rates at the Saguaro Palm Springs for the Desert Trip weekend start at $319 a night, while rooms at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club just up the street start at $716 a night. Rooms at the new V Palm Springs start at $530, while the Caliente Tropics next door is by far the best deal at $65 a night, according to the hotel’s website.

Earlier on Tuesday, the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert had rooms starting at $524 a night. Seven hours later, the hotel was sold out for all three days of Desert Trip, according to the hotel’s booking site.Rates were somewhat fluid during the day on Tuesday. Two Bunch Palms, a luxury wellness resort in Desert Hot Springs, started off at $266 a night for the Desert Trip weekend. Seven hours later, the room rates were starting at $309, according to the hotel’s booking site. 

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