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December 15, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.

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Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs, California

The Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs, a Moroccan villa built in 1924, is a rare find. Scottish painter Gordon Coutts had been in Tangiers, and wanted to bring the style of the North African desert to this Southern California one. “Dar Marroc”, as he called his resulting escape, thus became a cultural oasis for local celebrities from Errol Flynn to Rudolph Valentino, and was restored in 1989 as “Korakia” (“black crow” in Greek). The house is a rare 1918 California adobe, with a keyhole-shaped grand entrance and ornate, Moorish wooden doors that whisper of glamour.

Start the day with an outdoor yoga class in the clean desert air and complimentary house-made breakfast of Greek yogurt and fresh granola before taking a horseback ride through the canyon. Return to the hotel for an epic Mediterranean salad poolside, and take one of the Korakia’s bikes into town for an afternoon of antiques shopping: this is a mid-century design mecca. Enjoy a Cal-Mex dinner with fresh jalepeno margritas, then bike – or cab, depending on the size of your purchases – back to the hotel to play a moonlit game of bocce. Perhaps fit in a late-night swim under the stars or a glass of wine by the outdoor fire pits, and enjoy a vintage movie (shown nightly). Dream of the massage that’s yours the next day.

Location of Korakia Pensione

Korakia Pensione
257 S. Patencio Road
92262
Palm Springs, California

Nearest Airport: PSP

Amenities for Korakia Pensione

  • General Information
  • 28 Guest Rooms
  • Ecologically Sustainable Practices
  • Only 13+ Years Permitted
  • Not Recommended for Children
  • Pets Not Permitted
  • Dining
  • Poolside Dining
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Afternoon Tea
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Spa on Property
  • Library
  • Outdoor Pool
  • In-Room Spa Services
  • 2 Outdoor Heated Pools
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Turndown Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Hair Dryers
  • In-Room Safes
  • Activities
  • Bicycling
  • Hiking
  • Tennis
  • Stargazing
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Bocce Ball
  • Nearby
  • Art Galleries
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Golf
  • Antique Shopping
  • Interests
  • Culture & Arts

Reviews for Korakia Pensione

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 5 days ago

But it could be better! It does need a bit of sprucing up as far as the rooms go, particularly on the Mediterranean side (Moroccan side is way better) but made to order breakfast is terrific and swimming pools were lovely and refreshing. Also, some of the beds were so high that they would need a trampoline to get on and off. We checked those rooms for a return visit. Sure, I get it, it is a historical property but there is nothing wrong with making it more convenient. I am afraid that in a cooler season rates would be sky high!

Anna G - Los Angeles, California


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

Not an Inn for everyone. Two couples during our stay were miserable. They should have booked a hotel or Inn with amenities. We stayed in the Casablanca Studio- on the upper floor- It was wonderful- very quiet, clean, and comfortable. At night, though, the grounds are lit up and there are no shades on the windows- It was very bright in our room and hard to sleep- so I bought an eye mask. The grounds are lovely but the pool area was very crowded- on two occasions no seating what so ever around the pool- That was a disappointment since after a morning of hiking and golf it would be nice to be able to lounge by the pool. Staff is accommodating and Sasha the Cat adorable.

kathrynyc - poulsbo, wa


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

I arrived at Korakia a little ahead of schedule after a long drive, anticipating my much-needed vacation. I stepped through the gate ready to be transported into the relaxing, welcoming paradise all the reviews promised, and found... Something a little different. No greeting from the woman in the lobby who I assume worked there (assume, because she didn't introduce herself, welcome me, or even say 'hello'). I was simply informed that check-in was at noon. It was 11.40am. OK, I figured I could relax with a cold drink by the pool, or on the patio, to recover from my drive. Wrong again. She informed me that the hotel had been rented out by a private party the night before, which meant it was theirs until noon. So, even though the guests were all busily packing up their cars, apparently I wasn't allowed to step foot anywhere on the property for another twenty minutes. Since I'm from out of town, I asked where I could go to wait. She told me there was a Starbucks nearby. And that was it. No apologies, no welcome, no 'we're so sorry for the inconvenience'. Instead, I get to spend another five minutes loitering at a coffee shop before I'm allowed to return to the hotel. Which, to be honest, I'm not particularly excited about, if this is the customer service I get to enjoy for the rest of my stay. Look, I understand private bookings make things more complicated, but this was not the way to handle the situation. Korakia boasts of all the many areas on the property - pools, lobby, patio, daybeds - and I'm not sure how having someone sit, peacefully reading in the lobby for twenty whole minutes would have been an issue with the departing guests, especially when I'm paying $300+ a night for the privilege. Guest relations at the Parker are better than this, and that's really saying something.

blueskies3383 - Los Angeles, California


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

The place is perfect for couples seeking quite peaceful time with amazing views! The place itself is super authentic and the theme is amazing ! The rooms are clean and the shower is amazing ! Pool is small but has a perfect view of the mountains

ztarabay - New jersey


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

First of all, if you are uptight, look elsewhere. Korakia is a haven for those who are looking for a place to truly get away from it all. There's no TVs, the rooms while comfortable, eclectic and shabby-chic, are not super high-end and there is no on-site restaurant. Instead, this magical inn is romantic, hip, quirky and downright one of the best kept secrets. It isn't cheap to stay here but then again you get what you pay for. The rooms are perfect (in my opinion) with lofty beds, fabulous bath tubs and cozy fireplaces and or patios and a yummy hot breakfast each morning. Kids are NOT welcome (which in my book is always a plus) and guests are quiet, keeping the ambiance peaceful and relaxing. The pools are saltwater which I love, with music quietly playing in the background. They will let you hang by the pools even if your room isn't ready and you are also welcome to stay by the pool after you checkout to extend your getaway. Each room is unique but my favorites are the suites. Don't miss the cool black and white films that they show nightly on the platform with cozy pillows-perfect for snuggling up with your significant other under the stars. And I just adore how they illuminate the grounds with candles and the firepits each night---so romantic!

spaeatsleep - Irvine, California


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