October 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
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 2 weeks ago

Beautiful grounds, romantic vibe. Simple lovely clean room. Two pools, on the smaller side but very nice. Pool chairs are really old, metal that gets steaming hot in the sun, and cushions all very dingy and stained. Debris (berries) from trees all over the grounds. Cute private breakfast nook outside our room but cushions really need cleaning. No alcohol served, FYI. Simple lunch, great breakfast. Delivered to your room very quickly. Nice place but for the high cost I think they should update the pool chairs and such.

Julie W - Brooklyn, New York

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved my two night stay at this hotel. The grounds are beautiful and probably a blogger's dream with all the cute walls and setups. My room had a dining table, seating area with record player, little wetbar area, great bathroom with stone shower. Notable: this is a wellness retreat so you will need to bring your own vino. Also, although the rest of the room was very clean and the shower/tub area was really cool looking - it is stone and difficult to thoroughly clean so I would not recommend taking a bath in the tub.

Brittany S - Los Angeles, California

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When you just need to get away for some rest and meditation, book your stay at the Korakia where you will immediately upon entry find yourself in Morocco. Korakia is visually stunning. Relax and swim through the night in one of the 24 hour pools then sleep in because breakfast is served 8-11am. You may dine out in the courtyard or have your personal breakfast made to order delivered to your room. All rooms are unique with a bnb feel. No children under 13. I rather this unique hotel experience be "no children." Perfect for friends to meet for a girls weekend or for a romantic honeymoon. Other things to is take a nap on an outside divan, watch a classic movie outdoors, take a yoga class, free bike use or just read in your room. Several rooms have record players. No televisions. Rooms with kitchens are stocked with cookbooks. Coffee, creamers, water and hair dryers in each room. Massages are a ailable for booking.

Jessyann23 - Pasadena, California

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I chose this hotel because of their Instagram photos, and visually, at least, this hotel did not disappoint. It is all bohemian romanticism and very, very pretty. I loved my room, bathroom, the two pools, the cozy fire pit areas, and all the decor was just lovely. The only thing I didn't like about my room was that it faced out onto a busy street, which you can't tell from the website photos. If I had known, I would have asked for a room facing the interior courtyards. But aside from the physical space, I gave this hotel only three stars because of the service. The only saw about four employees the whole time I was there. I thought they were kind of snobby in attitude - not friendly or welcoming. Service was very lackadaisical and unresponsive. I felt myself wishing I could speak to a "grown-up" when I had issues - they were all very young. Some of the issues I experienced (and did not get satisfactory help with) were: my room safe was not working, my room was not cleaned very well each day (hairs left in the shower, toiletries and towels not replenished), and I needed help getting my suitcases to and from the room. There did not seem to be anyone who could help with that. And there was no iron in the room. I requested one and they told me they would bring it to my room, but they never came. The other thing that was disappointing was the breakfast. Every morning, there were three options to choose from, and even though I only stayed three days, the options were often repeated. And ALL OF THEM INCLUDED DAIRY! Come on, people - can't there be some variety for all the different diets people are on these days? Because I am dairy-free, I could only eat small parts of the breakfasts. :( To sum it up: This hotel really delivers on the gorgeous visuals, but is very lacking in the other things that make a hotel comfortable and a place you'd want to visit again. I'm glad I got to experience this hotel, but I can't really recommend it and I wouldn't stay there again, especially since there are so many other good choices in Palm Springs. Room Tip: Try to get a room that doesn't face out on the busy street.

13ellezee - Oak Park, Illinois

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month 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

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