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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

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 4 weeks 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

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 months ago

We have stayed at the Korakia Pensione at least once every 18 months for the past several years. We always stay on the Moroccan side and have fallen in love with all of the villas there. We do always walk over to the Mediterranean side as well but I am partial to the Moroccan. The daily breakfast is lovely and it is so great that they offer poolside lunch service so you don't have to leave your relaxation to go get lunch. The rooms are great and it is always a peaceful experience there.

bookgal - Huntington Beach, California

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 months ago

The Korakia Pensione hotel is a beautiful hotel in Palm Springs, the grounds of the hotel are gorgeous with lots of different boutique rooms. I stayed at the Korakia whilst attending Coachella as it was only a 30 minute drive from the festival. My room was by the pool area which also had a fountain, this was a little noisy and the windows are not double glazed so expect to be woken up at 5am by the birds. Apart from this the rooms were great, spacious, clean and had all the facilities you would need including a fridge, air con, hairdryer and safety deposit box. Breakfast at the Korakia was delicious and there was a different choice each day from crepes to granola to scrambled eggs. I would definitely recommend the strawberry crepes! We also had lunch at the hotel too which was great with a choice of sandwiches and salads. However there are lots of restaurants and shops nearby, a 5 minute walk, if you did wish to eat outside of the hotel. The staff were very friendly and helpful and were able to meet our requirements where necessary. I would definitely return to Korakia again.

Chelcie M - Tamworth, United Kingdom

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 months 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

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