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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

We really LOVE this place. I didn’t know what to expect from the pics but it was everything I was hoping it would be. It really feels like you’re in Greece on the Mediterranean side. The other portion of the property is across the street and has a Moroccan theme. The rooms are all in separate buildings and have a living room, a little kitchenette and a beautiful big bed with white gauze curtains everywhere. It’s so magical!! Our room faced the heated salt water pool and there were 4 sets of French doors to open!! It’s fantastic. Plus the bathroom is all stone so it feels like a rustic retreat. Very clean, very authentically rustic and the grounds are enchanting. Breakfast is included in the room rate and it is served outside in a lovely courtyard with fabulous music playing and the sound of water in the fountain. So quaint and perfect. Breakfast was delicious both days with three choices of dishes and juice and coffee or tea. Then in the late afternoon, they serve hot mint tea in the lobby. Our room had a record player and a choice of LP’s to choose from. No TV or phones so you have to entertain yourselves. There is WiFi. At night they light tons of votives everywhere around the property and show movies outside. I highly recommend this place if you can get past the idea of a traditional hotel. It’s really special, but not for everyone. No children allowed so it’s very quiet and a very adult vibe. We loved Allissa. She gave us dinner suggestions, a tour of the property including the history of the place and she’s been there for 11 years so she really loves it and it shows. We cannot wait to return!!

K M - Los Angeles, California

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Staying here was lovely. The layout and architecture of the different cabins , and the pools were so inviting. We had hiking on our mind, but It was hard to tear ourselves away from the warm water pool and the lovely zen feeling grounds. Definitely would be a great place to fully decompress. Breakfast is included and they did have nice healthy choices and a pleasant outside patio to eat at. Our cabin was Naish. It worked because we were not there in the daytime much, and it was very cozy at night by the fire. But I believe it’s the darkest of all the cabins so it felt a little cavernous and unsunny. It could use better lighting with stronger , or just more lamps. It was too poorly lit to read . It was tucked in the corner of courtyard though and did have nice access to the pool area. I would love to try staying at one of the other sunnier cabins in the future. All in all, I would definitely return!!

Fairlie M

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

This Inn was one of the ones that was open for touring on Dec 14/17 for THE WALK OF THE INNS. This Inn is a long way from Tangiers but definitely has an unmistakably Mediterranean experience. A Moroccan inspired retreat,housing two restored historic villas consisting of bungalows, guest houses, gardens and pools. Korakia means "CROW" in Greek and is internationally recognized as one of the top small hotels worldwide. Total of 28 guest rooms and suites with 2 heated illuminated pools and fire pits. Complimentary WiFi access, cotton robes, patios or balconies, kitchenettes with A/C, private safe, hairdryer and fireplaces in most suites. Complimentary breakfast, pool snack , yoga classes and afternoon Moroccan tea service. Policies include no children under 13, no pets and nonsmoking guest rooms.

Maureen S - London, Canada

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 months ago

But it could be better! It does need a bit of sprucing up as far as the rooms go, particularly on the Mediterranean side (Moroccan side is way better) but made to order breakfast is terrific and swimming pools were lovely and refreshing. Also, some of the beds were so high that they would need a trampoline to get on and off. We checked those rooms for a return visit. Sure, I get it, it is a historical property but there is nothing wrong with making it more convenient. I am afraid that in a cooler season rates would be sky high!

Anna G - Los Angeles, California

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 months ago

Not an Inn for everyone. Two couples during our stay were miserable. They should have booked a hotel or Inn with amenities. We stayed in the Casablanca Studio- on the upper floor- It was wonderful- very quiet, clean, and comfortable. At night, though, the grounds are lit up and there are no shades on the windows- It was very bright in our room and hard to sleep- so I bought an eye mask. The grounds are lovely but the pool area was very crowded- on two occasions no seating what so ever around the pool- That was a disappointment since after a morning of hiking and golf it would be nice to be able to lounge by the pool. Staff is accommodating and Sasha the Cat adorable.

kathrynyc - poulsbo, wa

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