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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
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

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This review affirms the sentiments of those posted before -- the Korakia is a boutique treasure in the land of plentiful luxury accommodation. Subtly glamorous and elegant, it attracts couples, solo travelers, and those seeking a quiet respite from the standard hotel experience. The grounds are immaculate, the staff attentive without being conspicuous. Personal touches like poolside lavender-scented washcloths and lit candles in your room at sundown are a hallmark of the stay. The "downfall" of the Korakia is it's very picturesque backdrop, which attracts the Instagram crowd. At any given time of day, there are guests posing, directing, and snapping as though it's a professional photo shoot -- which is about as relaxing as trying to take a nap in a mattress showroom. Thankfully, there are two pools (and essentially two properties), so you can generally find a spot to escape the paparazzi. A truly beautiful experience.

Aimee R

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Korakia is, I think, mostly known as a romantic getaway or a venue for a cozy destination wedding. It is a sweet spot--a small inn with very friendly staff, simple but lovely breakfast, quiet poolside hangout with a sandwich or salad lunch option, and some lovely extras like excellent massage, meditation, yoga, and open air movies. Palm Springs in the summer is kind of a crazy getaway. It's really hot! But it was absolutely perfect as a writing retreat. I had 4 days in July and needed to shut out the world. The set up at Korakia was perfect: write, write, write, then breaks floating in the pool, then back to my air conditioned haven. I'll be back when I have time to enjoy it as a relaxing vacation.


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed in one of the rooms with a little probate kitchen and private patio. It was dreamy. The first thing i noticed is that there was no TV. Instead there was an old record player and with records. Loved it. I played the Beatles record... very fun. The place was quiet and serene. At night people were sitting outside on cushions watching a classic movie under the stars. Truly special place. Pol was a little too small for my taste though. The massage i got, was mediocre. And, the breakfast not that good. That;s why im giving 4 instead of 5 stars. All in all i enjoyed the place.

Jeanette B

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

Coming back from relaxing in Tulum, a friend of mine had mentioned he had just stayed at the Korakia. He had also mentioned The Sparrows Lodge as well. Another friend who had stayed at the Korakia insisted that I stay at The Colony which I ended up booking. But I couldn't stop thinking of how beautiful the Korakia looked, especially at night. So I cancelled my reservation at the Colony and opted for the Korakia. And I was completely enchanted! I stayed from Wednesday through Friday in the very quiet and private Limnos room on the Mediterranean side. It was absolutely perfect for me to zone out and completely relax. The bed was soft with beautiful linens, the lights were ambient, the furniture was unique, and the stone shower with the sunflower head was perfect. The air conditioner didn't bother me at all. The temperature outside ranged from 100-120. I got used to it, dipping in and out of the pool. I didn't spend much time in the room. They don't have misters so I brought a "mister fan" from a drugstore. It was perfect when I was out of the water. The grounds are beautiful & immaculate with hidden spots and shade all around. In the evening, the Mediterranean pool has 3 fire pits on one side at the edge. If breathtaking. Both pools are saltwater and feel amazing. There is also a fire pit away from the pools with chairs for having a relaxing chat. At around 8pm they project a classic movie on a white wall where you can lounge on Moroccan style cushions and rugs under cute umbrellas. There are also wooden beds to lounge around on scattered throughout the property. Both pool areas have wrought iron loungers with thick, comfortable cushions. The beautiful staff makes sure that there are always fluffy towels on each one and clears away old ones quickly so there is no fighting over places to sit. Plenty of umbrellas provide shade and the staff comes around with popsicles & chilled lavender scented towels. My friend joined me on Friday-Sunday on the Moroccan side. We stayed in the Nomad suite that had a full kitchen with beautiful inlaid wood table and chairs. The suite had a very large living room with a settee that could double as a bed, a wood burning fireplace, a beautiful velvet club chair and library shelf with ladder. The bedroom was spacious with a large antique chest of drawers, French doors leading to a private patio with settee and table, a large closet with doors to close and hangers for your things. (Could use maybe 6 more hangers). The bed was not as soft as the Limnos room, but it was built on this incredible stone. The pillows were soft & the linens were as well. The bathroom had an amazing stone shower/tub combination that I have never seen before. It was truly magical. Drawers & shelves abound in the bathroom & I believe it was a double since. Hairdryer is provided as well as tissues, lotion, soap, shampoo & conditioner. The Moroccan side pool had some lovely shaded areas and a beautiful bar where you could fill your ice bucket. There is no bar/restaurant there, but you are free to bring your own drinks. Next to the Moroccan pool is a lovely water fountain. And also nearby is a huge padded semicircle sectional with a firepit in the middle across from a wall of 3 waterfalls. In the late afternoon Moroccan tea is served with pine nuts, orange slices, and Medjool Dates. All delicious. Throughout the day they have light snacks for purchase and free chilled fruit infused water. The pools are open 24/7 and the gates are locked and patrolled by security dot it felt very safe. Also, the property backs up to the mountains so the view is amazing. They offer massages in a small, cool spa room & that was delightful. The included breakfasts were phenomenal and served on beautiful colorful plates with fresh squeezed orange juice & coffee. The amenities we did not take part i, but are available are meditation on Saturdays & Yoga on Sundays. I did order from the French menu restaurant they partner with, but maybe what I got was not that great. All in all, I would come back as much as I could it was that wonderful & magical. Special thanks to Virginia for being incredibly helpful as well as the rest of the beautiful girls who worked there! I didn't want to ever leave!

Laura H

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

The rustic picturesque beauty of Korakia Pensione cannot be denied. One can imagine they are at the Mediterranean or even Mexico with the simplicity of the adobe cottages, palms, bougainvilleas and oleanders. It is very charming. We used a gift certificate for part of the lodging. Upon arrival at 2:30 pm, we checked in and were quickly taken to our Acropolis Suite which is on the Mediterranean side. The Acropolis Suite is expansive, has a small kitchen area (one burner stove and mini fridge) a beautiful platform bed (very comfy), a table for two and a small sitting area. The location is quiet and the air conditioning (much needed as temps were above 115) hardly made a sound. The “private” patio (as mentioned on the website) is not private at all as a few rooms open to it. One of the reasons this room was booked is that I thought the patio was for our use only. I so wanted to love this place as it is beautiful, but after a day, one notices the little things that are lacking that could make this a 5-star destination. Our stay at The Acropolis averaged over $450 per night (including daily resort fee and taxes), so expectation of excellence did not seem unrealistic. A few things that impacted our experience: Room – 2 stars: Hooks in the room – somewhere to hang one’s bathing suit, bag, hat or towel. One small towel rack in the bathroom and that’s it. The room could use a thorough cleaning – details were missing. The games are missing pieces (Scrabble and Backgammon). One day, Kcup coffee not replenished and hand towels were missing. Wifi was spotty. The safe has a key, but at the same time, some very confusing instructions on how to open. Records were scratched. No air conditioning in bathroom or window – it was stifling. Lastly, the sofa is an old wooden like bench with cushions. It creaked loudly anytime we sat down or moved on it. The room seems slapped together with some old furnishings. Stylish, but old. Grounds: - 4 stars: The overall cleanliness of the grounds could be improved. A champagne bottle left in a fountain – for our entire 3-night stay. Cigarette butts accumulating at the back entrance - never cleaned. The old wrought iron lounge chairs (some broken) by the pool were worn and rickety. Towels frayed. Poolside tables not wiped down. There are, however, some amazing looking areas that are very instagramable and the landscaping is lovely. Service – 4 stars: Service was good, though I take offense to the helpful women referred to as *girls*. Breakfasts – 4 stars: Delicious. Every morning, fresh OJ, coffee and a choice of three different plates. Served outside in the beautiful entrance patio of the Moroccan side. Not a lot of selection. Location – 5 stars: Excellent. Right near down town and walking distance to many restaurants/bars – or a very short Uber ride away. Value – 2 star: For the $$ that one pays, the overall value is not that great (especially in the summer season!) . There are so many cool boutique hotels in Palm Springs that I would be hesitant to book here again.

kcollett67 - Orange County, CA

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