I stayed at the Best Western Date Tree Hotel for Coachella 2011 and was more than pleased with my hotel choice.
If you are planning on going to Coachella or Stage Coach, the Date Tree Hotel is your best choice. The hotel is only four miles from the Empire Polo Field, but the distance doesn't really matter, because the hotel offers a shuttle service for $10 / way at intervals of every 30-40 minutes, and pick you up as late as 2am. Jeff, the Shuttle Man That Can, also brings waters and makes sure that every guest gets to and from the festival. And if you choose to drive to the free parking lot, it’s a straight shot down Monroe. (No way to get lost!)
The hotel staff was spot-on: helpful and courteous. The hotel offers a very nice continental breakfast with waffles, egg/sausage sandwiches, bagels, fruit, and cereal. The hotel has a very large, Olympic pool with hot tub area that is open 24 hours. The rooms were clean, the television channels were decent and the showers were great.
If I’m ever back in Indio, I’m staying at the Best Western Date Tree Hotel.