Korakia Pensione

257 S. Patencio Rd., Palm Springs, California 92262, United States

This Mediterranean style bed and breakfast bills itself as a retreat. In the heart of downtown Palm Springs, the Korakia Pensione (the name translates to “Crow Hotel”) is a magnificent oasis made up of multiple buildings spread across an acre and a half. The heavy stone, almost tiki look, exterior spreads from the outside to the rooms and villas inside.

room

The 28 intimate spaces are separated between two parcels, dubbed Mediterranean Villa and Moroccan Villa. Fourteen are suites, two of them larger “House” suites, and two of them freestanding bungalows. The spaces provide no televisions or screen of any kind and are decorated with weathered wood and Italian farmhouse fixtures or magnificent Moroccan lanterns and candles. Some units have wood-burning fireplaces.

bathroom

Decked in floors made of large stone, the bathrooms are the least exciting part of this property. Many have a pedestal sink and combination tub/shower, while others have more interesting sunken, grotto-style tubs. Suites and villas have impressive stone showers, walls, and floors.

If you really want to treat yo’self, book the Orchard House, an extra-large suite built in 1918 whose jetted soaking tub also has a waterfall.

lobby

Guests enter the grounds on the Moroccan side of the estate, through a Moorish cut-out and impressively tall carved doors. The adjoining library is a superb little hangout spot.

pool

Each side of the property has its own salt water pool, which is heated seasonally and open 24-hours per day. The patio areas offer splendid views of the San Jacinto, as well as hammocks and cafe tables.

spa

Guests can book massages in-room or in the separate massage lodge.

gym

Yoga is offered on weekends (or private sessions can be arranged). Meditation classes are also offered on a revolving schedule. Over on the Mediterranean side, guests will find a bocce court if the urge to toss a few balls around leisurely strikes.

dining

Start each morning with a complete breakfast, served on the gorgeous Moroccan patio. Guests can also arrange to have breakfast delivered to their room. A lunch menu is available with service offered poolside, in one of the estate courtyards, or in room. Afternoon tea is served, Moroccan style.

LOCATION

Getting Around

Cruiser bikes (with helmets) are provided to guests who wish to cycle around the neighborhood’s shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions. Jump on the city’s free shuttle, Buzz, to traverse a loop throughout the main part of Palm Springs. A car is needed to get to many places in the Coachella Valley, including the tramway, preserves, and hiking trails.

Restaurants

Travel from one delight to another at Spencer’s Restaurant (3-minute walk), known for its al fresco dining and upscale, healthier menu. Or, throw your diet out the window at Pomme Frite, a Belgian bistro with decadent pâté, steak frites, and mussels. The desert’s favorite Jewish deli is Sherman’s Deli & Bakery (13-minute walk), known almost as much for their matzo and Reuben as they are for towering cakes.

Bars

The legacy piano bar in the desert is definitely Melvyn’s Restaurant & Lounge, an upscale joint and longtime celebrity hangout. If all the stone surroundings at the Korakia have you hankering for a tiki bar, the Tonga Hut (13-minute walk; 4-minute drive) is the Palm Springs outpost (opened in 2013) of an L.A. hotspot that’s been around since the height of tiki culture in the late 1950s.

WHY WE LIKE IT

This is an experiential hotel, with an ethereal vibe and an emphasis on relaxation. For a romantic weekend or to get away from tension mid-week, this moody lodge is the perfect getaway, especially for guests who have spent time in Greece or North Africa (or wish they had). The location is terrific for access to many Modernism Week or Palm Springs International Film Festival events. Speaking of movies, vintage movies are shown nightly on one of Korakia’s outdoor patios.

QUICK FACTS

Historical
12 rooms, 14 suites, 2 bungalows
Breakfast Yes
Lunch Yes
Dinner No
Bar No
Cafe Yes
Room Service Yes
Pool
Yes
Free Parking,Parking Lot
No

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 760-864–6411

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