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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

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 1 week ago

The Nomad suite was very spacious with great attention to details. A stylish living room with comfy couch, a fully-equipped kitchen, a nice and comfortable queen bed, and a cozy toilet. The living room overlooks the pool with views of the San Jacinto Mountains beyond. Complimentary soap and shower gel are top notch quality. Impressed by the size of suite and amenities. There was even a portable turntable with some vinyls which was very much appreciated. A little precious gift. Breakfast was made from scratch. I took the avocado toast with eggs and it was delicious and my partner had a sweet pancake with fruits. Coffee was ok. There is a very quiet and relaxed atmosphere and you definitely do not feel you're in the middle of the desert. Come here if you are seeking for total relax and you want to enjoy a nice and romantic getaway with the one you love. Very intimate. The staff was nice. Wi-Fi speed was good. A bit pricey but more than recommended.

The-Groove-Traveller - Italy


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

This place is beautiful and the staff is very friendly and helpful. We have stayed there once before and had a nice time, and although we thought our room was a bit odd we spent such little time in it that we didn't really think about it. This time we spent more time in the room and I have to say they need a MAJOR upgrade for how much $ this place is. The property itself is beautiful and very well-maintained and clean. But our room was very uncomfortable. It was tiny and right next to the lobby so not very private. The mattress felt old and sunken in and we didn't get a good night's sleep either night. The pillows were terrible and we both had sore necks the next day. The other really annoying thing was that not only was the room TINY - but weirdly decorated with no room to put anything. For example, the "side tables" next to the bed were some sort of decorative leaf design on the top with a bunch of holes - so you couldn't put certain items on them or they would fall through. My phone fell through if not positioned perfectly and not much room to put a glass of water, etc. One other table in the room was decorated with old books and the other with a coffee maker. Nowhere to put a computer, etc. The toilet was so close to the bathroom wall that my fiancée had to sit sideways when going to the bathroom, the water coming out of the sink was a milky white, and the shower was positioned so low even I had to bend to get fully underneath it (I'm 5'3'') and the water pressure sucked. Lounge chairs at the pool are also uncomfortable and our backs hurt after laying on them for awhile. They only have 3 settings - totally upright, almost all the way down and flat. Don't think we'd stay here again. Will probably check out one of the other more hotel-like places. Even though the vibe here is cool we just felt like the rooms were dumb.

Alison S - Los Angeles, California


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

We spent 4 nights here recently in the Bedouin Suite. First of all the level of service here is just amazing. The employees went above and beyond to do very kind and surprising things for us. The weather was not great and one day we returned from being out to a bottle of wine with a lovely note apologizing for the rain. Very sweet. The grounds are quiet and charming in a semi-dilapidated sort of way. The pool was very warm. Our suite was large and provided everything we needed. Things are slightly funky and old, but we were very comfortable and enjoyed the fun touches like the old record player with LPs. Slick, spotless, and brand new it is not and that was just fine for us.

iamq - San Francisco, California


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

Stayed here the week of my sisters wedding to relax and unwind. Absolutely loved loved loved the property. So gorgeous and peaceful. The massages we booked were wonderful and so relaxing, the pool was beautiful and really every space was just so detailed and exquisite. I would say we had booked for three and little things like, only two towels and two coffees were slightly annoying. Also we had booked and confirmed a private yoga session but no one appeared at the allotted time. It was fine and to be honest we weren't too bothered and we weren't charged but it was another small detail. Despite the small hiccups I would absolutely book again.

cash d


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

I just love this place. We've been back several times, and each visit is better than the last. Perhaps it's the cool Moroccan/Mediterranean style of the cottages and furnishings, all stark white with terracotta and blue accents. Maybe it's the peace and quiet, tucked up against the majestic mountains of downtown Palm Springs. Or it could be the special touches in design, like antique Moroccan daybeds, colored glass lanterns and fire pits scattered around the property, bowls of oranges in the rooms, or crisp fresh linens on the beds. Whatever the combination of elements, Korakia has hit a vibe that few can match. In the mornings, we rose to birds tweeting in the palm trees as we sauntered over to the courtyard for a delicious breakfast with coffee and fresh orange juice (all included). Afterwards, we lounged poolside in the sun and shade, dipping into the heated saltwater pool when we needed to refresh. An easy couple of blocks into downtown Palm Springs, we walked over for a late lunch and then came back to hit the pool again. Really, I could repeat that itinerary for days and days here and never get bored. One day I had a great massage in the spa cottage, and on another we talked about walking over to the nearby Palm Springs Art Museum, which is getting rave reviews since reopening in it's newly expanded location. But instead, we couldn't break away from Korakia. Really, you won't be disappointed. Just please don't go on the weekend I want to stay there - I have my favorite room chosen and would hate to bump you out. PS - No kids under 13 is the rule, and being the dad of two girls, I can appreciate this rule. It was supremely quiet.

criticdesandiego - San Diego


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