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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

Reviews for Korakia Pensione

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Quirky beautifully designed Korakia Pensione is a little gem. Romantic corners, blossoms ,daybeds, friendly staff, delicious breakfast. I enjoyed our stay very much, only wish they would serve cocktails around the pool. No alcohol :(

sinderella3 - london

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

This place is truly amazing. One of my new favorite places. This was my first time on the property and it will not be my last. The design, service, location, breakfast and energy of the Korakia Pensione is flawless. The moment you walk in you feel totally relaxed. Every guest staying on the property respects the quietness and beauty that encompasses the Koraika Pensione. What a beautiful place.


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

Korakia is nothing like the retro, party pads of the various other hotels in Palm Springs. We chose this resort for a quiet, relaxing retreat. It delivered everything we wanted. LOCATION - couple of blocks off the lively downtown. Right up against the San Jacinto Mountains so always peaceful views GROUNDS - beautiful, lush landscape, little nooks and cute areas to enjoy. Two beautiful pools, nighttime fire pits on each side of property, lounge chairs. AMBIANCE - this place is quiet and peaceful. Love the afternoon tea and cookies as well as Sunday morning yoga. Sweet little touches and all included! ROOMS - we stayed in Thessaly on the Mediterranean side after researching each room. Our room was spacious and lovely. Big french doors out to a cute, little patio. Far from the street which was nice and close to the pool. Our friends stayed in a much smaller room right by the road which I don't think I would have enjoyed as much. This hotel is from the 1920's so there are certainly cracks, rough edges that make it the charming place it is. CUSTOMER SERVICE - this place is run by a team of women which we loved. The manager on staff during our stay was very friendly and helpful. When asked for an iron, one was brought to my room pretty quickly. There always seems to be someone around, though they are not intrusive at all. FOOD - complimentary breakfast on a lovely patio. 3 food options each morning. Nothing life changing but a perfect way to start the day and much nicer than typical continental breakfasts. THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND: If you are expecting to be catered to or have the experience of staying at a corporate hotel like Four Seasons or Marriott, this is not the place for you. There are no bell hops, cabana boys or TV's. While we personally felt the experience was luxurious, this place is more about a peaceful retreat. This is not the place to party, be loud or drunk. In fact, they do not even serve alcohol. You are welcome to bring your own however. We loved our time here and would certainly stay again!

Kate F - Sonoma County, California

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 months ago

My husband and I stayed here for 4 nights and LOVED everything about it. In fact, we loved the space so much that we rarely left for other activities! The morning breakfast is delicious, and the afternoon Moroccan tea is a nice perk. The staff are all knowledgeable and attentive. I highly recommend staying here!

maloneymegs - Seattle, Washington

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 months ago

Korakia Pensione is the absolute best. The entire experience was one of total luxury in a quiet, beautiful setting. My wife and I stayed there to celebrate our 55th wedding anniversary. Everything was perfect. We stayed in the Orchard House which is an amazing experience. The hot rock massage was one of the best. The breakfasts and the dinner catered by Le Vallauris were delicious. The entire staff were terrific - they were there for anything that we needed. Loved everything!!!

denniss43 - Las Vegas, Nevada

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