Eat, sleep, rave, retreat: Where to stay during this year’s biggest festivals
From Berlin and Barcelona to Austin and Nashville, book a bedroom at one of these Houses when the party is over…
Tuesday 23 May 2023 By Soho House
Festival season is for adults like Christmas is for kids – full of wonder and delight. But the alcohol, late nights and sun-scorched skin all eventually add up to one thing: an almost unbearable feeling of roughness. You simply can’t avoid it. Great fun is always followed by greater hangovers. It’s an immutable law of nature. However, the trick is to recover well: recharge, recalibrate, and drink enough green smoothies until you feel alive again. In fact, we have just the place for it, whether you’re in Berlin or Nashville.
Here’s the Soho House guide to the best places to stay when the party’s over.
Big Feastival – Soho Farmhouse
Best for: scrubbing off the grub
After the weekend festival in the Cotswolds, you might find yourself a little frayed around the edges. Sure, it might be known as one of the more genteel festivals in the UK, but dirt and grime are no respecter of gentility. You will be caked in mud; you will be feeling worse for wear. Retreat, then, to the deep comfort of an enormous bed in one of our Farm Huts. Handily, they offer total privacy to sleep off the ennui – they have their own terrace, an outside wooden bath, and a walk-in shower that’s so big you could clean your car in it. Plus, Blake’s Kitchen is within crawling distance, so you can have a ready supply of cinnamon buns at all times. Trust us, it helps.
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Glastonbury – Babington House
Best for: rest
Glastonbury is surely the greatest festival in the world. The acts, the location, the roiling chaos of it all are unrivalled. And so is the awful way you feel afterwards. The best cure, as ever, is sleep. Lots of it. That’s why the sensible Glasto-goer books Babington House for some post-party R&R. You can sweat out your sins with an infrared sauna blanket at the Cowshed spa, then fill yourself with health-giving salads and soups at the Deli Bar. Your body – and mind – will thank you for it.
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Primavera – Soho House Barcelona
Best for: recalibrating
When we think of Primavera, we think of one thing: sand. It gets everywhere. No item of clothing is safe from it. That is one of the few downsides of this beachfront festival. Still, there’s no festival like it in Europe. And no hangover like it in Europe when it’s over. Wash away the blues – and the sand – at Soho House Barcelona. Recentre yourself with a yoga class, get a Cowshed facial, or just snooze your way back to health by the rooftop pool.
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Austin City Limits – Soho House Austin
Best for: sleep
To say the days following Austin City Limits can be particularly tough is like saying The Doors were a bit wild. The post-party recovery seems to stretch out in front of us like an Arctic tundra – so cold, so unforgiving, so endless. To get through it, you need to fill your time. That’s where Soho House Austin comes in: watch a film in the screening room, dip your toe in the rooftop pool, fill up on jerk chicken in the restaurant, and then collapse in one of our emperor-size beds. Soon, you’ll have happily wiled away a day and be one step further along the road to recovery.
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