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257 S Patencio Rd, Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-6336
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#33 of 78 hotels in Palm Springs
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4.8
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4.4
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4.4
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3.9
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.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Free breakfast
Bicycles available
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Adults only
Non-smoking hotel
Street parking
Wifi
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Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Breakfast in the room
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Massage
Outdoor fireplace
Sun loungers / beach chairs
24-hour front desk
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Kennedy B wrote a review Jun 2022
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We stayed at the Korakia for a few days and while it was a very aesthetically pleasing spot, it felt like it could use quite a few improvements. Our first impression of the hotel was it was much smaller than the pictures would suggest. It also felt run down, despite the fact that the hotel itself is on the newer side. The staff also feels a bit scattered. They were really sweet but a lot of the "Korakia Girls" felt underexperienced. They have a lot of cute amenities like fruit kabobs by the pool and fresh coffee in the morning. But a lot of this just feels like it's for Instagram. The actual room was nice, but there's so much light and absolutely no ability to block it. I had trouble sleeping past 6 a.m., which was not my favorite considering this was a vacation I wanted to relax. Our room was also right next to the courtyard, so at 8 a.m. sharp there was so much noise. The pool also plays music starting at 8 a.m. so if you have any rooms near the pool or courtyard, don't expect to be able to sleep in. Also the "pool side lunch" has a 38% upcharge because you're ordering from a nearby caterer, not the hotel. This was an unpleasant surprise. Our bathroom was very pretty, but not super practical. The door didn't have a lock and wouldn't close all the way so don't expect to much privacy if you're sharing the room. The stone shower looks beautiful, but gets super slick with the water. I nearly slipped in the shower multiple times! The windows in the bathroom are also super short, so if you're over 5'10" chances are your head will be seen by outside on lookers. One of the main pro's is how close you are to downtown Palm Springs. We chose to walk a couple times, but even if you wanted to drive there's a 3 hour parking lot right at the edge of the road. Overall, the experience was fun but I wouldn't recommend it for a true vacation. It's great if you're trying to get good pictures!
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Room Tip: Choose the mediterranean side not near the pool if you want a quieter room.
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Timothi Jane G wrote a review Apr 2022
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First off let me say that Korakia Pensione has always been one of our favorite hotels. My first visit was in 1999 when they had fewer rooms. I and my husband have visited them throughout the years because of the unique experience offered. Its a Mediterranean/ Tangiers style experience in the heart of Southern California. It reminds of us of the years we spent living in Greece. It's appeal for us was its rustic rough around the edges vibe. The fact that it wasn't four or five star. The raw wood, the stone, the morroccan mint tea and cucumber water served throughout the day. It had more of a simple laid back vibe than the rest of Palm Springs. Would I say that Korakia has ever been a 4 or 5 star hotel? No. Although the beds are super comfy, many of the rooms are tiny and basic. The cushions and furniture are worn. Which is its charm. When the rooms were $300 and up depending on the season, that made sense, but now even off season the smallest rooms in the middle of August are close to $500 a night. Thats just outrageous and shows a real disconnect for us. So we no longer go. Which is heartbreaking. But we just cant justify that price for what you get. It seems lots of folks are saying the same thing. I hope they will lower their prices in the future. Maybe recouping money lost during Covid. But still. We will miss it. So sad.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Cristina wrote a review Apr 2022
Vancouver Island, Canada21 contributions26 helpful votes
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A very quaint, chill place to wind down. Far enough away not to hear traffic etc but close enough to walk to town. Love the breakfasts and the little extras like night turn down service , fresh fruit skewers. Great European vibe, love the bungalows and the pool was great. Only complaint was the noise from the unit above. We were in the Atlas bungalow on bottom floor. Noise upstairs was sometimes unbearable. Next time we’ll stay in an upstairs unit or a bungalow with no upstairs unit. Very lovely time for 4 days!!
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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dmz88 wrote a review Mar 2022
New York City, New York15 contributions15 helpful votes
This is a truly special place. Incredibly peaceful and relaxing. In a quiet neighborhood yet super close to town, museum and hikes. The staff could not be nicer and willing to do ANYTHING to make guests welcome and happy. We stayed in the Paxos suite which was adorable and private with a great kitchen. It's a place you don't want to leave.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: The Mediterranean side is a little larger and quieter
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lindy r wrote a review Feb 2022
Los Angeles, California32 contributions11 helpful votes
We absolutely adored this hotel, which made us feel like we were somewhere in the Meditteranean. The staff was so attentive and friendly and would add special and thoughtful touches such as chocolate covered strawberries delivered to our room. We splurged on the Marrakech suite, and it was so lovely and spacious! Truly transported us to another time and place, and great location up the stairs right by the pool but quiet. The pool is warm and open 24 hours!! So relaxing! The free breakfast is delicious, and coffee delivered right to your room. Beautiful location right near the majestic mountain, but a few easy blocks to downtown. Free and easy parking. There are some issues that I would like to mention, as hopefully they can be fixed: Instead of any real curtains or black out shades there is some thin white fabric barely covering the windows and there was a very bright light on the building which lit up our room at all hours. Also, there needs to be more outlets, we needed an extension cord to plug in our devices. Lastly, the cleaning products were strong and too perfumy for me, I suggest unscented. but honestly these are minor issues at a 5 star stay and we will return!
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Lizbee2amrammrm wrote a review Jan 2022
Minneapolis, Minnesota133 contributions31 helpful votes
Loved staying at this unique property. Every nook and corner is charmingly decorated without being fussy. Really feels more European in style, so “pensione“ is an apt moniker. Lower your expectations when it comes to refined bathrooms but again the bohemian approach is all part of the charm. I also made use of the pool, which they keep extra warm — almost as warm as a hot tub— and you can swim anytime, even under the stars.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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Jodi M wrote a review Dec 2021
Lake Elsinore, California41 contributions8 helpful votes
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Solo roadtrip to a quaint B&B in the desert- check! Recommended for couples, solos, best friends, mothers and daughters. I stayed in the Atlas room which is close to the lobby. That wasn't a problem. The resort is quiet. During breakfast hours, head out to the courtyard and wait to be seated. They offered two choices. Food was fresh and tasty. Welcome to take your plates back to your room. I've been dreaming of visiting this place for years. So close, yet I felt transported to a land far far away. Timeless simple elegance, impeccable service, and intentional attention to detail. This place is pure magic. It is more than a getaway, it is an experience, a whole entire vibe. Thank you Korakia Pensione for being a refuge, a place of solace for the soul. I did not want to check-out. Grateful! I'm already making plans to return. Welcome cocktail - Moroccan mint tea & vodka Salt water pools open 24 hours and heated No TVs, clocks, or radios, but there is wifi Outdoor classic movie played 2x's nightly Hot chocolate and popcorn served Unique bungalows, rooms, and suites Stone bathtub with fantastic olive oil soap Bed is ridiculously divine Lanterns, firepits & candles lit nightly Fresh hot coffee delivered to my room Delicious breakfast served alfresco 3 blocks to Downtown Palm Springs Designed for rest, relaxation, and reconnection.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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Sarah wrote a review Nov 2021
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Several hiccups happened during our stay that on their own would be no big deal but when put together point to this hotel is not worth the money spent. Together we were a group of four staying in three rooms. One of party had a bathtub that was beautiful to look at, but impossible to use - the tub was made of stones and was so uncomfortable to sit in that she stayed in the bath for two seconds before needing to get out. The same person also had a cockroach in her bathroom. I stayed in a suite which I booked because it had a fireplace and a kitchen. Turns out neither the stove or the fireplace were functioning so the usefulness of the room was pretty lacking. Finally and most significantly - all of the members of our party developed a rash from swimming in the pool. It is likely that we contracted folliculitis. When we reached out to the hotel they were unhelpful in trying to identify the cause and issue and had no interest in testing the pool water so we could try to figure out what happened to us nor did they any kind of responsibility for what happened. Like many instagrammable hotels - Korakia is gorgeous in pictures but when you scratch beneath the surface it is a major disappointment and not worth the price.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Nickel128 wrote a review Aug 2021
Western U.S.71 contributions91 helpful votes
Korakia is best retreat in Palm Springs! The customer service was exceptional. Everyone working here was kind, professional, polite and very welcoming! They are always there to help, but they also do not intrude on your privacy. We had requested one of their more standard rooms but were upgraded to a much larger studio/house. It was absolutely amazing and their generosity was such an unexpected surprise. When it comes to service, there is no one better than Korakia. Their resort is full of old world charm with rustic touches, 2 amazing pools, beautiful landscaping and outdoor lounging areas and other amenities. They have 2 properties - they are across the street from each other. One is the Moroccan side and the other one is the Mediterranean side. Our room didn't have a TV or phone (which was great!), but we did have a huge book case full of books and a record player with records (we listened to all of them!) We also had a full kitchen with fridge, stove and seating area; a patio; an outdoor stone shower and a beautiful stone bathtub. In addition we had a back patio that led directly to the pool. We only used the Mediterranean Pool several times, but we were told we could use the other one as well, there just wasn't a need to. If you are coming as a couple to Korakia it's a great place to reconnect away from technology and stress. Their breakfast on the front patio was amazing with good choices, even for vegetarians. What did we love? Everything! The service, the grounds, the pool, relaxing outside or inside, the breakfast, ample parking, clean and spacious room/studio, and walking around the grounds in the evening to enjoy the numerous lanterns and fire pits. They even have old movies playing outside every night! It's such a serene and peaceful place to be. It's also close enough to downtown Palm Springs to walk to shopping, restaurants or the Village Fest. After reading other reviews here, I have a few thoughts: if you're an extrovert/party person - you'll love the pool scene during the later afternoon and early night time. If you're quiet and enjoy peace- come out for a morning swim and watch the sun rise, or try out the pool during check in/check out hours (11-2'ish), or in the late evening by the moon and stars. We had no problem with parking, but it may get crowded. Keep in mind that this is a historic property with unique character and charm. Comparing it to a brand new, sterile hotel is like comparing apples and oranges. None of these things take away from the charming atmosphere that is Korakia. Book a stay - you'll be so happy that you did!
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Response from Paulette Monarrez, General Manager at Korakia Pensione
Responded Sep 22, 2021
Thank you so much for your amazing review! We printed it out and shared it with the staff. They were so grateful that you noticed all the love and hard work they put into the details. We look forward to welcoming you back again and again!
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Bettsy S wrote a review Jun 2021
Los Angeles, California5 contributions2 helpful votes
I had read about this place in magazine a few years back and had high expectations, especially at 550 a night, but it did not deliver. Like other reviewers mentioned, it's a bit too old and rustic for the price. I stayed in the adobe room, which was small and had sparse furniture. There was only one outlet in room and one in the closet behind the fridge which made difficult to charge our phones. There are no blackout curtains so it's bright very early in the morning. The bathroom is small ( NY apt small) and there is no vanity to put makeup on. I did it on console table adjacent. We lost power in the room while blow drying my hair, twice. The plumbing also made loud noise during the night. Pros: attentive staff, breakfast, powerful A/C, heated pool, feather pillows, refrigerator Cons: Small, dingy, no dresser, no tv, bad plumbing, need to skim pool more frequently, curtains don't block light.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Parking is on the street in front of the entrance. Spots are marked.
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Response from Paulette Monarrez, General Manager at Korakia Pensione
Responded Jun 28, 2021
Hi Bettsy, Thank you for your feedback. The Adobe room is the original master bedroom from when the house was built in 1924 and I'm afraid that they viewed room sizes a little different back then. Now a days this is considered one of our smaller rooms. We are continuously working on renovations at the property while ensuring that we maintain the authenticity that our guests always seek us out for. We truly hope that you will visit us again in the future and give us another opportunity to exceed your expectations.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Korakia Pensione
Which popular attractions are close to Korakia Pensione?
Nearby attractions include Palm Springs Art Museum (0.3 miles), VillageFest (0.3 miles), and Ruddy's General Store Museum (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Korakia Pensione?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Korakia Pensione?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Korakia Pensione?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Korakia Pensione?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Korakia Pensione?
Conveniently located restaurants include Great Shakes, Le Vallauris, and Spencer's Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Korakia Pensione?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Korakia Pensione?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Indian Canyons (3.7 miles), Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway (1.5 miles), and Village Green Heritage Center (0.3 miles).