What We Love
- In the center of Palm Springs, but feels worlds away thanks to fragrant gardens and stunning Moroccan architecture
- Delicious free breakfast served daily around the fountain in the courtyard
- Free bicycle rentals, afternoon mint tea service and Sunday yoga classes
- Vintage movies screened each night under the stars. Request your favorite classic flicks at the front desk
- After dark, the hotel is lit by firepits and glowing lanterns
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- In keeping with the serene, romantic vibe, there are no TVs or phones in the rooms
- Because there’s no bar, you can bring your own wine and beer
- No on-site restaurant, but there is free breakfast daily and a local restaurant can deliver room service
- Children 13 and under are not permitted
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
There’s something special about this hushed little Moroccan hideaway. Perhaps it’s the buildings themselves, a series of 1920s and 30s bungalows built by a Scottish painter who had lived in Tangiers. Perhaps it’s the illustrious history—Errol Flynn sunned himself by the pool, Rudolph Valentino seduced his second wife and Churchill practiced painting in one of its lofty rooms. But whatever it is, we feel more transported after a night here than after an entire week’s vacation at other hotels.
Bed and Bath
The 28 rooms—split between the original home and the bungalows across the street—are all different but are unified by an effortless boho vibe. Think sleigh beds draped in gauzy netting, Persian rugs topping cool stone floors and whitewashed walls beneath beamed ceilings. Some rooms up the romance factor with fireplaces, Japanese soaking tubs and private patios fragrant with citrus and oleander.
You’ll start each morning dining on homecooked meals around a fountain in the courtyard, a riot of olive trees and date palms, bougainvillea and orange blossoms. By day, lounge by one of two pools, play a round of bocce, borrow a book from the hotel library to read in the hammock or take the bikes for a spin around town. At night, couples recline on striped loungers piled in Turkish pillows while the hotel screens classic Hollywood flicks beneath the stars.
In the Area
Start the morning with a hike up to Tahquitz Canyon or the Seven Sisters Waterfall at Indian Canyons. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, go to local favorite Cheeky’s for brunch; you’ll find banging breakfast items alongside some of the best Bloody Marys around. After you’ve fueled up, take a design and architecture tour with Palm Springs Modern Tours; you’ll see masterpieces by Albert Frey, Richard Neutra and John Lautner. If you’re looking for a date while you’re in the desert…head out to Shields Date Garden, where you can cool off with one of their famous date shakes while gazing out at the trees.
How to Get There
We stayed at Korakia for a friend's birthday. We paid almost $500 for a tiny size very rustic room on the side of the property with no privacy. Anybody who was walking by, could see inside your room. We had a pretend patio area which really is no more than the space for 2 chairs and a small table. The Pool and grounds are cute and it's very quiet...
The breakfast and it's outdoor area was the highlight of our stay. The food was good and the personnel very nice.
Definitely not worth the price we paid !
We wanted to love this place but just didn't. The decor was beautiful but the bed was uncomfortable. The staff was nice but it didn't seem genuine. Overall it was okay. Also, my requests to have the noisey AC was ignored for 2 straight days.
The hotel looks beautiful, but it is not comfortable. We enjoyed very much the first day of our arrival, but sleeping there was a nightmare. We stayed at Bedouin suite. The matress feels old and bumpy. The pillows were small and uncomfortable. The air-conditioning unit made so much noise - it kept waking us up all night. I slept around 4 hours total with constant waking ups, my husband 5. We both felt miserable next morning, not like you wanna feel after a night in a resort. On top of all when we tried to take a shower my husband had it for no longer then 10 min, then I had 5, and after 5 min it was ice cold. Question, if I would try to feel up this fancy stone bath tub we had in a room, how would I do it? I guess the answer is - no way, it's only for look, not for enjoyment, same as other things with this hotel. I'm glad I only booked one night.