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“Perfect July 4th” 5 of 5 stars
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Korakia Pensione
3.0 of 5 Inn   |   257 S. Patencio Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262   |  
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Ranked #14 of 29 Palm Springs B&B and Inns
los angeles
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Perfect July 4th”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2008

Loved the smart, friendly, helpful staff. Loved the food. Loved our fellow guests. And loved the hotel sponsered 4th of July pool party. We had a perfect 3 day weekend, and will definitely return ASAP.

  • Liked — friendly staff. great guests. cool rooms.
  • Disliked — a few upgrades would be a good idea. but we have no complaints.
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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san diego
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2008

I've been reading the reviews of this place for awhile now - since we actually wanted to go a couple of years ago but weren't able to make it that time around. I've been sort of fascinated by the fact that they seem to be either strongly positive or strongly negative and wondered where we would fall in the mix.

We have a pretty high tolerance for the quirky and offbeat and really like places that are unusual and sort of artsy - so I really expected to like this place. I did like some things about it, but I also see the validity of a lot of the complaints from people below.

First of all, the place is situated right in the middle of a residential neighborhood, bound on all sides by condo buildings. It's not exactly what you'd picture for the location of a romantic getaway. The main entrance hall and some of the common areas are lovely, but the rooms are very small and seem to be furnished with a lot of rickety and uncomfortable items that are really just for looks. I even saw some of it stashed outside the rooms, evidently deemed a waste of space by some of the guests.

Service ranged from indifferent to imcompetent. We were never told about breakfast or the afternoon tea, and we weren't told anything about the property by the hostess who led us to our room. When I asked for pool towels in the middle of the afternoon on both days we were there, I was told there weren't any because they were being washed. We didn't get any turn down service the first night, and no maid service the next day until I asked for it at 2PM. When they did turndown service on the 2nd night, they left a plate on the bed with two moldy strawberries and one piece of dried apricot. When they did turndown service on the second night - they took all of the towels and our robes, and left us exactly one towel and one robe. Requests for help were met with an attitude that made you feel like you were bothering them. At the very least, they could have some information in the room telling you about the hotel and giving you some instructions about your stay - when breakfast is, what time checkout is, etc. I'd hate to try and get information from them on places to eat, etc.

We stayed in the Orchard House - which they describe on their website as a "compliment of open air space and privacy" - it was private, I will give them that, but it was not nearly as grand as you might imagine given the description and the price. It was worth what we paid at $399, but no more than that. The regular rooms are priced at $199 on up to $429. (The Orchard House is normally $700+) and I wouldn't pay more than around $250 per night for any of them - certainly not more than $300. I would also suggest staying in an upper floor room in the Moroccan building if you can - the lower floor rooms and most of the quarters on the Mediterranean side have very little privacy and the poolside rooms are literally about six feet away from the edge of the water.

  • Liked — the private jacuzzi/plunge pool
  • Disliked — understaffed, not enough services for the price
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Monrovia, Ca.
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2008

Korakia is my ideal of a respite from hectic routine. I visited in late May with two friends. The soothing Moroccan/Mediterranian ambiance, the attention given to small luxuries and the gracious, accomodating staff make the experience perfect. One of the highlights of my stay was sitting out by the pool after dinner at a local restaurant and enjoying the balmy evening. The grounds are lit by flickering lanterns and candles. The surrounding neighborhood is quiet and the San Jacinto mountains seem close enough to touch.
I would not reccomend Korakia to travelers that prefer a large, full service, family friendly hotel. Korakia is a good choice for persons who seek privacy, relaxation, quiet conversation and perhaps a place to settle in and read a good book.

  • Liked — ambiance, gracious staff, proximity to restaurants, museum and shopping. Parked the car for the entire stay.
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2008

The property is upscale from the utilitarian places we usually stay but, as it was our first trip to Palm Springs and the hotel was offering a great low-season rate, we decided to splurge a bit -- and we're glad we did!

We were delayed in our arrival until some time after the lobby closed but the staff accommodated us wonderfully. We were not advised of the complimentary breakfast or afternoon tea, however, so missed them our first day. Also, as indicated by others, the "full-service" kitchen wasn't quite! Tableware was provided but we, too, had to purchase pots and pans. The mini-fridge was missing one of its feet, so wasn't level, and I believe one of the burners of the stove didn't work.

The amenities were an interesting mixed bag. The bed and bath linens were luxurious and the toiletries first-rate but the physical aspects of the room were a mixed bag. The furniture (other than the mattress) was "rustic," which is to say not especially comfortable; there was no sofa, only a sort-of parson's bench, and dining table and chairs. The single rooms clearly were not intended for their occupants to spend much time in them -- most of them were much too small for that. The linen drapes were nice in the bedroom but, in the bathroom, were mounted directly to the casement window, so one had no privacy when the window was open. With no air conditioning in the bathroom at all, and the bedroom A/C at floor level, it was very warm at high summer (117 most of the days we were there, and nights in the 90s). From a purely aesthetic perspective, some of the remodel work was not of the quality we'd have expected (for example, the "tile" work around the kitchen sink and tub was of rather poor workmanship).

The complimentary breakfast, though certainly complete, left a great deal to be desired. At least the days we were there, the fare (no menu here) was South-of-the-Border (certainly not what we'd have expected) and not all that great. To say that it was "homestyle" cooking would be accurate but not a compliment. The coffee and juice were excellent, and the service very good. The afternoon tea, on the other hand, was exactly what it should have been and couldn't have been better.

On a more positive side, the grounds are truly wonderful. The period architecture, mature bougainvillea and palms, and the careful thought given to the outdoor ambiance were exactly the experience we expected. We stayed in the Mediterranean Villa and would probably prefer to do so again (though would definitely opt for a larger room, one of the bungalows or the Naish house). The pool area was wonderfully private and, being filled to the top, extraordinarily quiet. Floating in the dark, with the artistically lit palms, full moon and poolside gas flames for illumination was as restful as one might imagine.

In summary, the period architecture and ambience and upscale amenities were wonderful; the more recent "rustication" and food service were not. Our visit was within a few months of the purchase of the facility by a hospitality chain. It is our hope that they had the wisdom to upgrade those things that needed upgrading and to leave alone everything that worked. I've just taken a look at the current website but, other than apparently the names of some of the rooms, I'm not sure what else may have changed.

All this said, we'd certainly give it another chance.

  • Liked — Architecture, ambience, privacy, small size, afternoon tea
  • Disliked — Poor orientation to facility upon arrival, mediocre breakfast
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dana Point, CA
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2008

Korakia is a true Oasis - the best place to stay in Palm Springs. A unique property, ambiance and wonderful staff. We will be back.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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los angeles
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2008

My boyfriend and I booked the Sahara Room at Korakia for a brief mid-week get away from LA upon a friend's suggestion.
From the moment we stepped into Korakia, the staff was super friendly.
We were hours early, and they quickly took our bags and invited us to enjoy the day around the pool until our ( cozy and comfy ) room was ready.
I cannot say enough about the "feel" of this place. It was as if we were in Morocco itself!
Shabby, chic elements in a very clean and ultra relaxed environment helped to add to the feeling of being in a real "home" versus a hotel.
The character of the hotel is stellar, and we spent the days floating in the tiled pool while listening to the sounds of the fountains.
The Moroccan side of the properties is much nicer than the other across the street.
Breakfast in the am was simple, but enjoyable.
I cannot say enough about Korakia, and I will be returning again and again.
Private, sexy, and soooo relaxing. Thank you Korakia!

  • Liked — The environment is soooo full of character.
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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los angeles
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2008

For years I have been hearing wonderful things about this desert
retreat. Friends adoringly described it as romantic, peaceful, soothing, in every and all words - a very special hideaway. To some extent, they are right. Having stayed at several of the other PS hotspots (The Parker, for one) I have some experience/comparisons in writing this review. Korakia is indeed a charming, private boutique hotel, but with some real glaring issues to date. As another
reviewer reported, the hotel is understaffed and amenities and services are meager for the premium price. The furniture in the rooms is spartan and inexpensive, and such offerings as WIFi did not work in the room. It was difficult to get ahold of the front desk, as there are no phones in the room. We made due with out the replacement lightbulb we requested, additional ice, and to fix our oven (we wanted to heat up a special dessert for a birthday celebration). On the positive - the pool is lovely and relaxing, we stayed in the Aegean room which was right next to the pool - the evening fires and full moon were a nice touch. The complementary bkfast was quite good (we brought along champagne to make mimosas with the fresh squeezed OJ - a must!) and the peaceful, quiet, somewhat rustic atmosphere is very soothing. If you are looking for bling and pizzazz - this is not the place for you. If you want a quiet, charming hideaway not overly kitched-out or garish - this is the place for you.....but the price is steep for simplicity and privacy....

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 257 S. Patencio Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Location: United States > California > California Desert > Palm Springs
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Palm Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Korakia Pensione 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Korakia is an experiential resort housed in two lovingly restored historic Moroccan and Mediterranean-style villas. A stunning location for small destination weddings and intimate group events. ... more   less 
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