Best accommodations for Indian Wells 2012?

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  1. Swissv2

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    I have decided to purchase tickets for Indian Wells 2012, but have no idea about the surrounding area, tips for purchasing tickets for the best experience at the event, and decently priced places to stay. I see that the tournament goes from March 5th-18th, but I would only have a weeks worth of vacation time.

    So here's my list of questions! (More to come if I think about it)
    • When is the best period of time I should attend the event? (planning on staying for a week)
    • Where can I find the best prices for purchasing tickets? (either online, or anywhere else)
    • Decent hotels close by? Preferably a place that has tennis courts close by in case I get the itch to play.
     
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  2. LuckyR

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    Have you been to lots of Pro tournaments before and do you have the budget to go to the semis and finals?
     
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    I have never been to any Pro tournament in my life, but I do have a budget of 2000+
     
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    I don't think that $2000 is going to get you 6 days of day and night sessions (great to decent seats) including the Finals, a hotel and flight.

    So you are either going to come in the first week (the least expensive), or an overlap of the end of the first and start of the second week. Since it is your first experience, IMO either would be fine. The earlier rounds have the benefit of having none of the players eliminated so you can see absolutely anyone you want. It is cheaper and there are great matches (usually not among the top tier players) in the outlieing courts.

    Myself I do the start of the second week and just not stay as long. I get seeded players playing each other, instead of first and second round patsies.
     
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    The Palm Springs area is a huge resort hotspot and you have dozens of choices in hotels, resorts....etc in all prices but the high end places tend to dominate. That said the Tournament website does have some hotel/event packages that look to fit your budget I would go there first. I would also look at the first week packages as you get to see so many more players and matches.
     
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    Yep, investigate all the hotel/event packages you can.
    Otherwise, there's the Palm Springs Tennis Club Resort (hardcourts only). For pricey hotels with claycourts, there's Shadow Mountain, La Quinta, and the JW Marriott Desert Springs (they even have grasscourts there).
     
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    Hmmm,

    I can see the prices for the seats I want is around $1,860 per seat so I am wondering how much I should increase my budget by?

    Thanks for the recommendations for where to stay, I think I might try to go to Palm Springs Tennis Club Resort...I am wondering what the traffic is like and how to schedule going back and forth to the event?
     
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    We go annually, and i think the Hyatt Grand Champions is a great place to stay, mostly because nearly all the players are there.

    You can't beat sitting down to a fabulous buffet breakfast with all the players surrounding you. Our kids played at the pool with Nestor and Davenport Jr's. My wife was in the elevator, Fed and Mirka stepped in. She said they were arguing!!

    My boy and I were watching Baggy practice, asked him to hit a few with my boy, he declined, said he had to stay focused because he was playing Fed that nite (he won that one).

    I met Sam Q and John Is at breakfast, they were taller than me, haha.

    Anyway the facilities are top notch, good rooms/restaurants/gym/courts, etc and there is a shuttle going back and fourth from the IWTG every 15-30 minutes.
     
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    I have caught Roddick (and the wife), Verdasco, the Bryans and Hantuchova at La Quinta over the years.
     
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    If you stay in private condos you can get a decent price. Seems like all the replies assume you want a 5 star full facility hotel/resort.
     
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    At palmsprings.com, they have listings for economy hotels (starting at $59 a nite), moderate hotels, and luxury hotels.
     
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    My advice:

    1) I like going to the earlier rounds and leave when everything moves to the main stadium (that happens on Thursday). The main stadium sucks for tennis matches unless you get good seats. And they are pricey, especially in later rounds.

    2) My favorite tickets are Stadium 2 reserved. Great matches played here. Often times better than what is on the stadium. You don't have to fight with the GA crowd. And don't worry, you can still get into the stadium or any other court (even though it says you can only get into stadium 2). The ushers just assume that this is a GA ticket everywhere else. At least in my experience.

    3) I'd book a place early but watch Fbay and Craig's list, etc. Condo's will start popping up around Christmas. I stayed right across the street from the tennis grounds in a nice place for cheap (I was at the Desert Breezes). If you find something, you can just cancel your hotel reservation. If not, you have it.
     
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