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A great Airbnb experience can make an entire trip. A bad one? Well, it can ruin your whole vacation. To help readers steer clear of rentals that aren’t what they seem, we’ve gone around asking real people to share reviews of Airbnb stays that they’ve absolutely loved and why. Here goes.

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THE STAY

The Airbnb: Mid Century Oasis w/ Views

The location: Palm Springs, California

Host status: Superhost

Sleeps: Four guests

Bedrooms: One

Beds: Two (one king, one queen sofa bed)

Bathrooms: One

Amenities: Self check-in, Wi-Fi, cable TV, washer/dryer, heating and air conditioning, facility gym, hot tub and pool, grill, free parking

Rules: No smoking, no parties, no pets

Rates & Ratings (subject to change)

Rate: $165/night

Cleaning fee: $119

Service fee: $91

Occupancy taxes and fees: $74

The rating: 4.93 (101 reviews)

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The Renters

The coordinator: Ariel P. (28 years old)

The group: Three people

The purpose: Ariel, her boyfriend and her brother were embarking on a California adventure. After hitting up Los Angeles, they drove to Palm Springs to attend a weekend of Coachella.

Top four needs (ranked in order of importance):

  1. Location
  2. Design
  3. Amenities
  4. Price

The length: Four nights

The date: April 2017

The total cost per night: $350 x 4 nights = $1,400*

Total with cleaning & fees: $1,639*

*Looks like the cost went down since Ariel booked!

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ARIEL’S REVIEW

Actual time from airport: We drove in from L.A., but the condo is less than ten minutes from Palm Springs International Airport.

Location: Palm Springs isn’t huge, but our Airbnb was on the same block as two super trendy spots: The Saguaro and Ace Hotel. A ten-minute drive gets you to most of the best Palm Springs restaurants and a handful of touristy spots, like the Moorten Botanical Garden, That Pink Door and the Aerial Tramway. As for Coachella, it was about a 40-minute drive to the festival.

The bed situation: Everyone had a bed or pull-out couch to sleep on, but there was only one proper bedroom with a king-size bed—the couch was in the living room.

Top four needs met? Yes, by far! The design originally caught my eye, and even though this was a condo, the inside felt like a modern, well-preserved mid-century oasis (just like the name says it is). Not only that, but the place was absolutely immaculate. I couldn’t find a fleck of dirt or dust anywhere.

Unexpected pros: I was surprised by what turned out to be the best part: the largest residential pool in Palm Springs. Even though other people in the condo building could use the pool, it was never crowded. Palm Springs is hot in April, so it wound up being so key to have at our disposal.

Also, we didn’t cook, but the kitchen is built for anyone who wants to stay in and host a dinner party. It was well stocked with all the pots, pans and fancy spatulas you would need, and I loved the tile and the butcher block countertops. The host also provided us a bottle of wine to enjoy!

Ariel’s overall take: I loved this stay! Considering we were there during Coachella, I found the price to be super reasonable, even for that time of year.

And I just have to say again, I was also completely taken aback by how comfortable and immaculate the place was. Sometimes good design compromises on comfort, but this one absolutely did not. I can honestly say I still remember the feel of the faux-fur rug in the bedroom and the plush towels (which, if you ruin, you have to pay for). The host spares no expense or and doesn’t gloss over any detail to make sure guests feel like they’re really in a Palm Springs oasis.

On that note, the host generally does not rent the place to Coachella-goers—we happened to be an exception, as I sold my case to the host with a lengthier-than-usual correspondence. So I don’t recommend this place if you’re going to party all day, every day. But if you’re a design buff and want to feel immersed in the history of Palm Springs, this is the Airbnb for you.

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